"'Education is the Science of Relations'; that is, that a child has natural relations with a vast number of things and thoughts: so we train him upon physical exercises, nature lore, handicrafts, science and art, and upon many living books, for we know that our business is not to teach him all about anything, but to help him to make valid as many as may be of––
'Those first-born affinities,
That fit our new existence to existing things.'"

Charlotte Mason, A Philosophy of Education
with a quote from The Prelude by William Wordsworth

Sunday, July 12, 2009

DC Trip.

We took a major summer trip to Virginia right at the beginning of the season to see my niece graduate. Of course we also did a lot of sight-seeing during our 12 day stay.

We visited the Museum of American History on a Sunday afternoon and only got through half the museum.

We spent a couple of days at Colonial Williamsburg. The kids really enjoyed Revolutionary City where you watch reenactors play out the drama of the times right on the streets of the city. We especially loved hearing about those violent Trouble Makers in Boston throwing tea overboard while disguising their identities. Shameless!

We spent an afternoon at the National Gallery. There's so much here, too, and we only saw a part of it. The kids did a great job finding some of the paintings we had studied over the last year. This picture shows them by the waterfall at the walkway between the two galleries.

We went back to visit the National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center during the Become a Pilot weekend. The kids are standing next to the Space Shuttle Enterprise. This is not a replica--the center is a place that collects actual aircraft, like the Concorde, the Enola Gay, a Blackbird, and so many more.

We also did a lot of swimming and spending time with family. What a great time!

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