Friends who tell me about great shoe discounts
Ocean air (but not necessarily the water, although that is another post entirely!)
Clean sheets (Dave, just in case you're reading this, that was a hint)
Entertaining textbooks that my kids love
Which magically brings me to the "Life of Fred" math series.
So, at some point, someone realized that math can be fun. I know it sounds crazy, but it's absolutely true. This author decided to write a series of stories which have math integrated into them. At the end of each chapter of the story, he gives math problems for the kids (or parents, as the case may be) to solve on their own.
To give you an idea of how great it is, yesterday (less than a week before they are forced to go back to school), when I told Tyler to grab a book for a car trip, he chose "The Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra." And, he was quite engaged and happy, until the car sickness kicked in from reading.
I'm also quite pleased to note that Beginning Algebra is all review for me so far. :)