Back to school time is exciting for everyone. Mom is usually refreshed and excited about what has been planned for the coming school year (looking forward to how the kids will learn and grow/what God will be doing in the family). The kids are usually excited about the books and supplies they've been seeing coming into the house and are eager to get their hands on them. It is a new beginning!
I've tried to be realistic in my planning. Even if things SHOULD be able to move along without me I know I need to have low expectations. Planning too much will just put unnecessary stress on everyone during this special time. Reality is that having babysitter/daddy/nana here = FUN! we want to enjoy this time as well as be productive. There will be distractions, things will move slowly, plan for it! Along the same lines, I know that as we adjust to a new baby and nursing again I'll be slow and will not get as much done once my help is gone. This is applied to times like holidays or any other time when there will be many other distractions.
These posts on pre-schoool/kindergarten/1st grade, elementary/grammar school, and Jr. High explain how we generally go about educating our children, and some of the whys as well.