We worked our heavy academic subjects 4 days a week. The 5th day was when we focused more on delight directed learning. In elementary school, the 5th day was when we went to the park, or roller skating, or met with friends. In high school, that was the day for my children to do special projects, or work on their electives. They had to get their math and foreign language done in the morning, to make sure they didn’t fall behind. After that, the day was free to work on their electives – which meant that each week we had a really exciting and successful day, encouraging our children to do what they loved.
My oldest son loves chess. He spent time studying chess, becoming nationally ranked. He also taught chess classes to homeschool groups, private schools, and at inner city after school programs. My younger son loves politics and economics. He spent time studying subjects independently. Eventually he was offered a job as a research assistant at a public policy think tank, and was active in politics and economics there.
Remember Mr. Roger's Neighborhood? Fred Rogers said, "Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serous learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of Childhood." At the high school level, play is delight directed learning, and a source of high school electives.