Our year started out really good, and then we hit a stress point as we started a kitchen remodel. I almost considered re-enrolling them in public school, but after taking some breaths and talking to people, I was able to get back on track and realize that what we are doing is exactly right for us. My kids are junior highers, and I still like to make as many games as possible with their assignments. Lots of read alouds,field trips, and oral work also helps, when possible. They absolutely LOVED participating in the demo of the kitchen, and YES, it is learning, P.E. AND most importantly, life skills. They won't learn this stuff in public school. The key is being able to fit in what they need, in a way that they take it in best. Sometimes, that's hard for me to remember, but when I sit back and realize that this is our gig, and not anybody elses, and that we can slow down or step "off track" if need be, because our pace is a perfect pace for us, everything settles down and becomes "easier" for us to manage, and that's all that matters. Just remember...These school years (as hectic as they can be) are short lived. It's our job as parents to love on and enjoy our kids, and this really is one of the best ways to do it. Those that are able and willing to homeschool are lucky and blessed.