I just got back from the district offices, filing my exemption form for another year. I'm glad Utah is as homeschool friendly as it is!
I'm also copying the last bit of history work that we'll cover - we've got just the 16th century left and then we go to the next book in Story of the World. The kids are getting mature enough that we'll be able to start going more in depth. Especially into US history.
When we talked about Columbus, I discussed the importance of a compass. I even built one - out of a cork, a sewing needle, and a cup of water. Jared thought that was fascinating.
Someone asked me recently why I homeschool. My answer stands - why let the teachers have all the fun?