[Here’s a fantastic trip that was free because we purchased the VAM membership.]
It was one of those places the kids could just let go and explore.
A wonderful elderly man toured us through a whole arm of the museum, telling us all sorts of stories about hurricanes in 1938 and morning doves who like to peck at his arm when he’s wearing short sleeves.
Even though we’d just been to the National Aquarium in Baltimore, this small aquarium held all sorts of wonder for the children. They seemed closer, more personally engaged with the animals.
Brad got really close to a rare python. ~grin~
There were plenty of drawers to open,
things to look through (literally),
and spaces to crawl in.
We even got to walk through a special exhibit on Microbes (you know, germs).
Do you remember seeing these peculiar masks? They were actually used by doctors during the Great Plague in Europe–the “beaks” are stuffed with herbs and spices thought to keep the germs at bay.
If only seeing germs was as easy as seeing white microbes under a black light.
One of my favorite parts of homeschooling is that I get to see the “connections” the children make in what they’ve learned already and real life. Here, Brooke points out a sign written in Braille. We learned about braille last fall in our Seeing/Eyes unit.
All the kids just had to touch the sign.