With my fourth and sixth graders we have been using What Your ___ Grader Needs to Know Series for Geography/History. There are good springboards to get into other topics and they also do cover the basics. For example, today I was talking with Isaac about mapmaking, and we talked about the first flat maps made by Mercator. He wanted to know if and where one could find the originals. We did a quick google search and he was immediately intrigued by how much money some of the originals ones are selling for.
Here is some craft time with the girls and myself included. We are making the paper mache bowls as described in Amanda Blake Soule's Book, Handmade Home. The glue recipe is wonderful and the bowls are coming out nicely so far.
For art study, we hang up an artist's print on a bulletin board hanging in our dining area and each day the children are each to hang up a new fact around the edges of the print and share it at mealtime.