As much as I like stability, I also like not stability.
What I mean is that the big things in life need to be stable, but the littler things - bring on variety! Please! Lest I gouge my eyes out from boredom!
I've known for awhile that the day would come when I'd have enough confidence to step out of our beginner home school routine. We needed training wheels when we started - no doubt about that. I'm very thankful for training wheels. But it's time to raise those wheels up a bit. (Not ready to remove them. Not yet.)
I felt like crying when I woke up today, and this alerted me to the fact that something may be wrong. (I am nothing if not extraordinarily perceptive.) I asked myself, "What is wrong?" and surprisingly I answered me back, "Good grief, I'll die of boredom if you don't do something FAST."
Then I felt like crying even more because, "Well, what should I do FAST to help us?" Ehhhh. Needing to raise the training wheels, wanting to raise the training wheels, scared to raise the training wheels. Not sure how to raise the training wheels.
We started with our regular read-alouds, then we ran Uno to the school for P.E. Still, the big dough ball of tears threatened to rise up and spill over.
After Uno and I returned home, my auto-pilot, no-nonsense brain took over (since I wouldn't) and it refused to continue with our regular school day. We studied the Azeri people group this morning, the primarily Muslim population in Azerbaijan. The country is loaded with oil and natural gas reserves. Natural gas actually seeps out of the ground causing spontaneous fires. Not surprisingly, the people worshiped fire in the past.
So I told the boys to pretend they are ancient Azeri fire worshipers, and to create a fire-worshiping Azeri house (furniture fort). The excitement was not overwhelming, but they were game. I know this for sure: they can pronounce "Azerbaijan," they can find it on the globe, and they know why the ancestral population worshiped fire.
They wisely added a fire pit and chimney, and placed a sign on top to denote their devotion to fire, lest anyone have doubts (and a lock for safety):
And storage for food and water.
This is a later addition. (Even ancient fire-worshiping Azeris feel the need to upgrade.)
I'm officially (slightly) off the beaten path and I have no idea where we're going. Kind of. (Never fear - the core subjects will remain. I just don't know what else will be thrown in and how it will all shake out.)
We're on wobbly bike, but we're going!