Smithsonian Associates Event

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The Smithsonian Associates is the largest museum-based educational program in the world. They offer over 750 events in a calendar year: workshops, tours, lectures, performances, summer camps etc.

My educational guru, Susan Wise Bauer, will be lecturing there on December 5, about one of her books – The Story of Western Science. I have read the book and learned a lot from it. I highly recommend it. It will give you an overview of the scientific themes humanity grappled with over the centuries. The book also contains enough details about each important scientific manuscript to help you understand specific topics.

Her all-day lecture (with lunch break) at the Smithsonian it titled Reading the Great Books of Science. The cost to attend is $150 if you are not a Smithsonian Associate member.  Continue reading »

I own this book because I think it makes for a great reference tome. But if your budget for traveling to DC or for reference books is short this year, I say get the book from your library, curl up with a cup of hot tea and count your blessings. Keep your $150 for an annual membership at your local zoo or science-technology center.

It would be fun though. And very, very fascinating, no doubt. Sigh. I live eight hours from DC and so my equation of time-space just does not allow for such jaunts. Sigh again.


Washington D.C. Field Trip

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Unfortunately, my father passed away a couple of months ago. As a result, I had to do some paperwork at the Romanian Embassy in Washington DC. My husband and I decided to add a few days to the trip and turn it into a family vacation or an educational field trip. Homeschoolers never leave learning mode.

Our children went through Virginia and the District of Columbia for the first time. They rode the metro for the first time. They went to the Smithsonian for the first time.

We only had time for the Museum of Natural History and the Air and Space Museum. They saw the Capitol building and the Washington monument. They experienced a big city atmosphere: the old, tall brick buildings, the impressive monuments and statues, the homeless begging in the streets. Daddy and I spent most of the time explaining to them what they were seeing.

I used to like living in a big city, but I was single then. Now, you could not pay me enough to make me move into a big city. This trip reminded me of that lifestyle and how much I do not want it anymore.

We also took them to the Romanian Embassy where it was nice to meet other Romanians. It was a good experience for my children to hear others address them in Romanian. We don’t have any Romanian friends nearby.

Of course, I am recording these three days we spent in DC as school days, for great learning was had by all.