I have to change some things, which I have been in the process of doing anyway. But I came home a little late today from work and DH was really on edge. He finally let it out that he was really annoyed with the kids playing video games too much, and he feels they aren't learning enough (they only sit and do school work for about 2-3 hours a day).
Here's the thing, I totally agree with him...but twice a week I leave at 11am and he sleeps until 3pm (he works nights, so he sleeps about 8:30am-3pm). The other days I leave around 2:15 and he sleeps until 3. The kids definitely take advantage of this and get a lot of screen time. Then DH kind of takes it easy in the afternoons and the kids continue to play video games. They are 10 and 11 so don't quite get the moderation thing, once they are in it they just lose track of time and could play all day. (DH could also remind them to turn it off once he is up...so this is not just on me or the kids).
So we set a new rule, one hour a day of video games. They can have other TV time if it's educational. We haven't had strict screen time rules. They know how to use a timer on their ipods, so they will need to set the timer and follow it. They are really good kids and will follow this rule even without a parent watching (this is why I have felt we didn't need to be too strict here, since they really do follow the rules and the video games or a movie helps keep them entertained so DH can sleep).
We also have been stuck in history and DH is annoyed by that, he thinks that's one of the more important subjects...I am LOST in history. So I sat down with him and the SOTW table of contents and we picked out what he feels is important in ancient history. So I will try to get through these few things over the next few weeks, and then have him go through medieval history with me. He thinks we have only been learning about Egypt since September and was annoyed the kids didn't know who Cleopatra was...so we are hitting Cleopatra tomorrow and then moving on to Ancient Greece. Hopefully they remember something we learn so it doesn't seem like I am teaching them nothing :( I am also thinking documentaries or something for when I am not home.
Sorry this is so long, I don't want to send them back to PS. I need them to take an interest in learning (this was another point from DH as well and I just had this conversation with them yesterday) and I need to find more to keep them learning even without a parent right there. If anyone has any encouraging words or advice, please share :)