-dropping Shakespeare in the original language in favor of a children's adaptation (Nesbit).
Enjoyed your update. Great tweaks!
Also take a look at the children's adaptations of Shakespeare by:
As well as the comic-strip type of presentation by Marcia Williams:
Children often enjoy re-reading these on their own, or at least re-absorbing the stories from the illustrations.
--Readalouds have gotten squeezed this year...
--Project based learning and interest led learning. I have this ideal of doing more projects and designing our studies around my kids' interests... We do small projects / interest led learning, but no huge, overarching things... They are involved in a maker club...
--History. History is really book-based in our house this year. Not a lot of hands on...
What about incorporating a few audiobooks as the family read-alouds? Then everyone can listen while making/eating lunch, or while in the car moving from one activity to the next, or running errands.
Can you do a slightly shortened schedule every other Monday (so, 2x/month), and plan on using that time (say, 90 minutes) for a hands-on History activity or project?
re: project-based/interest-led learning
My DSs just weren't wired to do this naturally -- to come up with big, overarching ideas of things they wanted to pursue on their own. (Well, I take that back -- along about 8th grade, DS#1 go into making videos and animated short films, so we included time for him to explore that.) I settled for giving them exposure to things like soldering and electronic kits. Or they would go to a homeschooling friend's house and make their own weapons out of foam and duct tape. Sounds like their Maker Club are giving your DC exposure to ideas, and more will "rub off" on them from other kids and outside activities, so I wouldn't worry too much about this -- you've already in your schedule that IS "checking this box".