library day: a necessary weekly adventure

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four seedlings at the US Botanic Garden

still catching up:

the US Botanic Garden has AWESOME children’s programs.
most of my kids were within the age range for the Seedlings program last April
(older or younger tag-a-longs are very welcome)
and this once a month four-part class was just peachy.

the girls learned about the history of the Botanic Gardens
(short version: the fledgling country of the United States sent a few ships all over the world
to collect plants just because they believed it was an important part of building a sophisticated culture)
and learned about different plants and their uses,
visiting several different climate zones all in an hour and a half.

Ms. Lee, our captivating and energetic instructor
— who should definitely write a children’s book on the founding of the USBG —
said that new content would be coming in the fall,
so we’re gonna go back and do it again, inshaAllah / GodWilling.

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decorating their plant journals
decorating their plant journals

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guess what came to homeschool at the navy museum: just the…DEEPSEA CHALLENGER!

sadly, we thought we were done with homeschool at the Navy Museum until the fall.
then they offered us homeschoolers a last minute opportunity to see
the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER
— a joint scientific project by explorer and filmmaker James Cameron,
the National Geographic Society
and Rolex to conduct deep-ocean research —
and talk to a couple of scientists to boot,
like geologist, Dr. Christina Symons.

in 2012, Cameron dove to the bottom of the Mariana Trench
— the deepest spot in the known ocean —
in the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER.
only two other people have accomplished this feat
and that was back in 1960
when Lt. Don Walsh and Jacques Picard did it on Trieste.

is this an amazing bonus homeschool, day or what?

The DEEPSEA CHALLENGER on its way from CA to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in MA.
The DEEPSEA CHALLENGER, on its way from CA to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in MA.
This weird-looking submersible went to the deepest part of the known ocean.
This weird looking-submersible went to the deepest part of the known ocean.
Dr. Symons explains how it all works and how she became a part of the DeepSea Challenger Team.
Dr. Symons explains how it all works and how she became a part of the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER Team.
it started pouring, but the homeschool-show must go on
it started pouring, but the homeschool-show must go on

art across asia tour at the freer gallery

still catching up:

a friend i with whom i used go to high school
who is also homeschooling her children
invited me to meet up with a group of homeschoolers from her area last March
to take a free tour of the Freer Gallery of Art
about Art Across Asia where we investigated “diverse art objects from across Asia,
exploring aesthetic and cultural commonalities and differences,
including objects from the Islamic World, the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and/or East Asia.”

calligraphy
calligraphy
cunieform
cunieform
asian games
asian games
laquer made common objects become art
laquer made common objects become art
this metalwork was done from the inside out
this metalwork was done from the inside out
inlaid metalwork
inlaid metalwork
the beauty of useful art
the beauty of useful art
comparing brushstrokes and color
comparing brushstrokes and color

i was reminded of what a gem of a resource the Smithsonian is,
and to remember to search the Smithsonian web site
for all the relevant and amazing artifacts they have available
as we work through A Story of the World
(to be used with extreme caution, common sense and other less-biased books).