One thing neat about having an online community to discuss homeschooling issues with is that you notice certain problems or issues that affect lots of other families as well. One thing we noticed on CCE (a list I've been on for many years) was that every February a lot of families were feeling burnt-out on homeschooling, dragging their feet and whatever. An idea formed out of this was "February School" a time at which some families would take a break from their usual routine, maybe drop non-essential subjects for the month and do something a little different (and a lot fun). Last year (or was it the year before), we took a week off of ALL our "normal" subjects and had "Spanish Camp." One year we put a lot of time into an extra-credit Geography project (this was the one that sparked the Map Guy's passion for Geography).
Naturally there are techniques that help prevent burn-out all year round (like using living books and leaving room for children to pursue subjects of special interest). Please share any of your ideas for making school more fun or breaking up the monotony in the winter.