Going to the gym with W is really fun. He's so into it. We're spending a good 90 minutes there each day. The routine so far is 30 minutes on cardio (we use the treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike, etc - whatever we feel like that day) and 60 minutes on strength training. We work out the "push muscles" (triceps, quadriceps, chest) and the "pull muscles" (biceps, hamstrings, back) on alternating MWF days. Three days a week is what we're starting with for now.
The theater class W started going to is wonderful. It's run by all professionals and the kids are really serious about it. W and the other beginners went to their own space. B & I went for some breakfast while he was there. At the end of class, the instructor said the kids did very well and told me it's obvious that "W is much farther along" than the others. Hmmm. He hasn't acted since that summer workshop when he was 8 and he's only been in choir for a few months. I wonder why she said that. He did tell me he answered a bunch of questions. I feel weird asking for specifics, lol. I'm just glad he gets to spend his Saturdays doing what he loves.
I'm trying to coax him into doing some daily independent reading. He hates all the books we have so he's agreed to go with me to the library once a week and pick out a couple. SOTW is nice and easy and relaxed. We read it together and W answers all the questions in the activity book. I like that the activity book has maps to go along with the chapters. I usually have to figure out which one of our atlases has the best map of what we're talking about. Then we take what we've learned and look up different things online about it throughout the week. So simple and so effective. Since the first part of the book deals a lot with Egypt, I think a trip to the Egyptian section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a month or so is a great idea.
That's the way I'm doing everything lately. Relaxed and stress-free. Life's too short for worrying. Homeschooling gives us the freedom to live and learn as we like. I plan on enjoying this wonderful and very fleeting childhood time with my son. Having older teens has showed me how fast it all goes by.