The status is now:
"The tail is wagging the dog."
I hate that and it must stop.
I knew this over-scheduled autumn would be difficult but exactly what lessons would be learned was not known.
By joining multiple homeschool group learning experiences I have given away my power to have full (or almost any) control of the learning experiences my kids are exposed to. What they are spending their time doing will not get them to their goals they set for themselves or to the goals my husband and I have for them.
Additionally some classes that we didn't think would have homework have homework, sometimes twice as much homework as the length of their class that week.
Some classes have required last-minute added-on purchase of textbooks or other supplies.
Some classes have required additional prerequisite learning be done which takes time and sometimes the purchase of even more curricula. In one case the course content was so difficult extra work independently has to be done outside of class, administered by me.
Some things I thought I was paying to hand my children off to learn from someone else requires my help for prerequisite learning in a scrambling type mode and my assistance with homework. So much for me having "free time" on my hands. I have also learned that trying to teach content from the middle of a course in a rushed manner for a class deadline is much harder and more chaotic than a systematic, organized, and thorough manner of home instruction that proceeds in a calm atmosphere at home.
Things have wound up being:
more time in the group classes
more time at home doing work for the group classes
more energy on my children and my part to expend in time outside of class
more money spent on materials and supplies than expected
Mid-December can't come soon enough for any of us.