Well we are working towards our themes of fairies and vikings...What is inspiring me right now? That things are clicking instead of slipping. It's great to be getting the whole family on the same page, especially the kids. It's great to have something that everyone is looking forward to and that I can work more into then they think, plus make it all fun.
My first grader wants to augment our math block with little science experiments - sorry it's not in the garden, but he does have an older brother who does loads of them and he just wants to do "magic" and such. We're going to play physics games, which Alan actually does recommend for this age, and I figure we'll do an earth/water/fire/air sequence.
My sixth grader and I are going to do a study on Global Warming over the next week. We've touched on it in several areas, but he had to watch the news for a week with scouts, and of course the report came out, so now he wants to concentrate on it.
MamaKass - to me the greatest inspirations in geometry are quite sacred, beginning with the circle - like this lesson on circles; or the idea of a triangle as forces touching one another - stronger together; or this one on quads. Just sort of use your life and your child to inspire, like we had a picture of Grand Cenral Station hung in the living room, with sunlight streaming through the upper windows, forming perfect triangles!