Thursday, November 17, 2011

Washington DC Excursion

The highlight of the week was taking the metro into Washington, DC to the Natural Museum of Natural History and the National Building Museum.

Waking up at 6 in the morning, catching the 40 minute train ride at 8:30 and walking in the rain for blocks lends itself to an exhausting day. But it was all worth it.

The kids got to solve a Mystery of unidentified bones found in Yorktown, VA by examining her bones in the Anthropology Lab at the Natural History museum. I learned a lot to say the least about what our remains tells us about how we live.
Can you tell how excited they are to touch human bones?
We had 30 minutes to explore the rest of the museum before heading over to the building museum. If you've ever seen Night at the Museum starring Ben Stiller, this is truly what the museum looks like. However, it is my understanding that the film was not shot here. I couldn't help but notice the overt Evolution message all through the exhibits. That was a bit annoying.
The building museum offered a great lesson on geodesic design (which I had never heard of) and the kids actually got to work together as a team to build one out of aluminum poles. We then explored the Lego exhibit and other exhibits on the buildings and city plan of Washington, DC.

This was definitely one of our best trips. Reminds me of the great privilege it is to homeschool and I enjoy every minute of it - Well most of the time.

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  1. Sounds like a great field trip. We had one to D.C. this time last year. Would love to go back for an entire week (or two). Thanks for sharing

  2. This looks like such a fabulous field trip! I am a new follower - I hope you will update your blog soon :)



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