I have been reading MANY different homeschooling blogs trolling for ideas. I liked one Mom's use of nature or history videos for30 minutes as a break for the kids and for herself. We play starfall anyway so adding a card for it just means we schedule it in in the morning. As for "English", it returns. I just forgot about our English notebook that we had started in September. We had used it until around December but then it got stuck on the bottom of some pile and was out of sight, out of mind. It is a picture composition book. J listens to me read or listens to a story on a Playaway from the library. While he listens he draws pictures of what he is listening too. After listening and drawing for about 20 minutes I give him a 2 minute warning that his listening time is about done. He then tells me about what he has been listening too and he comes up with a sentence or a few words to describe the picture. I write the words for him first with his help sounding it out then he copies the words.