I have had the irritating feeling that Sailordude and I are doing "school at home" this year - his sophomore year. Helena's terrific thread reminded me of all the fun and "outside the box" things we did during middle school while still laying a solid foundation for high school. I miss that and more importantly, I don't think the way we are doing things currently is necessarily the right way for us.   For some mid-year inspiration, could we please talk about some of things you are doing or have