A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
A plant experiment we're doing
Another lovely day…although, today did start off a little ‘off’. It was very cloudy and VERY windy this morning. The wind stayed all day, but the clouds went away by mid-morning. We had a lovely morning learning about the Persians, then we headed off to the Israel Museum. This museum is leaps and bounds better than the Bible Lands museum! First off, it’s HUGE!! They had a special exhibit on King Herod’s Herodium that was super cool and had ALL the kids (including Peter!!!!) entranced!!! It was pretty awesome! Then we spent another hour wandering around the archaeology wing of the museum and looking at all the cool stuff on display there. Peter just liked wandering around and going up and down the stairs…and looking for skeletons! We went to the ‘youth wing’, but the regular exhibit had ended yesterday! The kids were really disappointed. Then, the guard guy said if we stuck around for another 20 minutes or so, they were going to open up a new exhibit. Well, we saw some little art computers off to the side and worked on those for awhile, then about 5 minutes before the exhibit was supposed to open, about 10 LARGE school groups of teenagers showed up at the building. No way was I going to try to maneuver us through that mess! So, we left and went to the Dead Sea Scrolls building, which was also super cool! We walked through a cave/tunnel to get to where they store the scrolls. That was really neat. Josh kept saying how cool it was to see the ACTUAL Dead Sea Scrolls, and I agreed! Peter just liked walking up and down the stone steps and walking around in circles. J Then we walked around the sculpture gardens a bit. That’s always hard to do, since the sculptures are rather strange and meaningless to kids (and, let’s face it, most adults) unless they can climb on it, and these all said, “Do Not Touch”. So, that was a short walk. Besides, it was super windy. We spent 3 hours there with hardly a complaint. That makes it a winner in my book!
One of the hard things about these really nice museums is that they don’t allow cameras. I suppose that’s ok, since I had forgotten it today, anyway, but it’s still sad that I couldn’t get pictures of the kids marveling at the different exhibits. I just love watching them learn! They’re just soaking things up! We were reading this morning about the Persians. There are some great stories! We read about King Cyrus conquering Babylon and Croesus (both really hilarious stories—if you don’t know them, you should look them up) and Claire pipes up and says, “For some reason, I just really like history!” Me, too, Claire…me, too.
Another fun thing about having the kids here, they help me do all the housework! It’s SO much easier to give everyone a toilet to clean and a sink to wash—in 15 minutes the bathrooms are livable again and I was able to do the dishes at the same time. Gotta love the benefits.
Of course, after they help me, they're always rewarded...so we went to the park by our house and played!
Who Am I?
As a Stay At Home Mom of 4 wonderful children, I have the amazing opportunity not only to home school them, but to do so in many different places! I am married to the most amazingly wonderful (and handsome) man in the whole world! Together, we seek out, every day, that Joy in the Journey that makes life exciting!
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