We started school again today, after a rather longish break. Of course, older son is just five, so there's no rush, but he does love school. In fact, we get along better during school than at any other time. It's nice to get back to school. And who can get too worked up about kindergarten?
Reading continues to be the most important thing we're working on, even though it is older son's least favorite thing. He's moving along nicely though, and is getting very close to reading more comfortably, and I hope he will enjoy it more then.
We're working through Miquon; First Language Lessons; Story of the World 3; handwriting and some spelling; piano lessons; and The Natural World, one of Usbourne's Illustrated Encyclopedias. We had to learn about something besides volcanoes, earthquakes, and geysers. We've been doing earth science for over a year. :)
SOTW has been a big hit, especially Ancients. I guess we're hurrying through the others so we can get back to the beginning and go through more slowly. Older son loves to be read to from SOTW, so we've gotten through it far more quickly that I had thought we would. He loves the poetry memorization (we've added some more poems too- more "poetic" ones) and the picture narrations in FLL.
So, that's our homeschooling day. There is a minimum that we need to do from each subject each day, and then older son can choose if he'll do more, and often does. The minumum takes about an hour, and we usually spend two or three. I have been amazed at how much he likes to learn, even less exciting things. I've also been pleased with the resources we've found, and I know that they've helped pique older son's interest in many things.
It's also amazing how much younger son picks up. He just plays in the same room while older son and I do school, and it always surprises (and amuses older son) when he answers a question or reads a word more quickly that older son.