The boys and I take time each day to work on something school-related. Usually, though, they don't know that it's schoolwork because they are too busy having fun. They are too busy laughing or creating or getting messy or competing to realize that they are learning new and important things.
Rather than force letter tracing at the kitchen table, I've given him several opportunities to trace favorite cartoon characters. Although he still needs to work on his letters and numbers, I'm happy that he's learning the value of carefully tracing something in order to get a desired outcome. In time, I know this will translate to more patience when he practices penmanship.
That was almost 18 years ago but I think I'm still a little bitter. Who knew. Hopefully my boys can learn better penmanship than I did and without embarrassment from their teacher.
When they do things out of order, it's not a big deal, but it does sometimes result in frustration that "My yellow flower is turning green even though I put my brush in blue paint!" (Oh but wait - now we can have a mini-science lesson about colors too!)