Entries in museum (3)


The Huntington Library

Harriet Hosmer's Zenobia in Chains

 Yesterday was our first day of "school." Yes, I use quotes and have told Thing 1 that when I say "school" to imagine the quotes and that the quotes means we are giving something the name "school" but we aren't really going school. We just call it that to make Aba more comfortable with what we are doing. (More on that later.)

We started the day with a talk about George Washington and the American Revolution. I never thought all of those princess movies would help, but I was able to use examples from Pocohontas and Cinderella. Ha!

I also spent some time with Thing 2 as she was our cartographer for the day. We plotted out our visit to The Huntington on a map and she carried it on her clipboard.

We grabbed headsets for the audio tour and I had the girls listen to two of the family tour segments in the Scott Galleries. They all chose to listen to a couple more and Thing 3 especially enjoyed them.

The two things I wanted them to see and listen to were the explanations of the three portraits of George Washington (hence the earlier overview of him and the revolution) and Hosmer's sculpture Zenobia in Chains. 

The girls have a deep love of modern art so we had to listen, observe and sketch Francis' Free Floating Clouds. Hopper's The Long Leg, Church's Chimborazo and a Tiffany stained glass window were other favorites.

Afterwards we wandered through the Children's Garden and got soaked. We also wandered through the conservatory before leaving.

Over all it was a great day and we'll be back soon since we didn't get to wander through the gardens as Thing 2 was hoping.


Another Visit to LACMA

Yesterday the girls were asking for a museum trip. Since it was Monday, most of our usual picks were closed so we ended up at the LA County Museum of Art. We brought a friend along to enjoy the day with us. 

Unfortunately they were busy removing installations from the Broad Contemporary Art Museum including one of the Richard Serra pieces. We did get in to see the Human Nature exhibition which closes on July , 2011. This was a great treat because the girls were fascinated by the miniature elevators by Maurizio Cattelan. Thing 3 (my little engineer) was especially interested in seeing how they worked.


We also had a chance to see the Egyptian exhibit and explain avodah zarah to them. We've come across the concept of idol worship and not making an image of HaShem before but I've had a hard time explaing what it was. Seeing the scultures of Egyptian idols brought it home. I was immensly grateful to have another adult with me while working through their questions.

Shockingly the major disappointment of the day was that I didn't bring along their art journals. So I promised another trip in a couple weeks when the new contemporary art exhibits are open along with some new journals and a pack of sharp colored pencils.

If you live or visit the Los Angeles area and have a child under 17 there is no excuse not to visit LACMA often! Their NexGen program includes free entrance for children under 17 plus an accompanying adult. (Since I have three girls, I was able to bring a guest for free!) Special exhibits are extra, but we've been three times in the past five months and still haven't seen all of the free stuff. You need to join. Seriously.


Homeschool Day at the Page Museum

Despite a late start, we had fun at yesterday's homeschool day. This was our second visit to the museum and the change in the girls' interest and comprehension was incredible! In the past they would ask me what everything was but now they look for the signs and interpret what they "read" an see. Despite there not being a change in the exhibit, they suddenly understood predators and prey.

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 Playing "The mammoth convinces the saber-tooth cat to protect them from the wolf and dragged them into the asphalt" in the kids' area.

 Our recent explorations about the human body helped them recognize various parts of the skeletons they saw. They also enjoyed the colored-in charts used to denote which fossils have been found, prepared and cleaned. I'm not sure how to use this in our own learning, but I'm going to try.

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Thing 1 telling me about the Giant Sloth.

We ran into another homeschooling family from the LA Jewish Homeschooling group and the kids ended up playing together and taking pictures of each other. Combined with our late start we ended up staying until the museum closed and didn't get a chance to visit Project 23 or look at the large asphalt lake.