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Museum of Man

Over the summer Groupon had an incredible offer for a family member to the Museum of Man for $30 so I grabbed it up and yesterday we went and opened our membership.

We visited the exhibit on the Olmecs where Elliott was properly impressed by the giant carved pillars. Into the human evolution exhibit where both kids were properly grossed out by the skulls in the cave with what looked like Smilodon drool all over them. Then the exhibit on human invention which included a life-sized C3PO and some places to play Paleontologist. Into the Egyptian room where it was totally empty most of the time we were there. Memberships are awesome. Elliott and I built a pyramid out of rocks, Margie dressed up in costumes, and I read a book on women in ancient Egypt. After that we checked out the mummies (including the Lemon Grove mummy which I’ve only recently heard the story about). Margie was upset enough by the mummies that it is very possible that we may not be able to go back to the museum at all. $30 is excellent for a family for a whole year, plus free passes and discounts, but it is really terrible for just two hours. *sigh* Sweet girl.


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Originally I had hoped to try a new trail, but Margie has a mild cough and we got a very late start so we stuck to the short version of a trail we’d already done before.  It was fun to check out the visitor center, though, and to take Dad on the hike we’d done before.  I didn’t realize how much Kumeyaay info is in the visitor center.  I am planning a unit soon on the local native cultures so that will likely be a hike we take again in a couple of months.

This is not what the entire walk looks like, these photos were all taken at my favorite spot where the oaks congregate around a small stream. As much as I love the area of the world I live in, I do long for more foresty areas like this. Just knowing such a place exists within San Diego makes me feel peaceful in my heart.

Here are the kids in a Kumeyaay ‘ewaa. There is another at the visitor center, but its nice to see this one in a less modern-looking area.

And, of course, the requisite shots of Margie posing with an animal statue.

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~Did a lesson in spelling. Some of the words were: beginner, skinny, seeing, agreed, disagreed, we, wee, etc
~Math – addition, sums ending in from 10-20
~Copywork/Memorization – my cell phone # (it seems to make more sense to learn this number before my home one since it is always with me)

~2 worksheets. One he chose from Starfall.com, and the other I pulled from a book I have and which he worked VERY hard on – he kept saying, “Oh, this is making me so tired.” lol

e's worksheet

Together we began this year’s work on Dias de los Muertos. We read Festival of Bones, made paper flowers, and created our ofrenda. On it you can see my grandparents (and things that represent them – yarn & needles, gemstones, googly eyes, etc) and my beloved kitty, Snickers. Please excuse the wrinkled cloth. I do not iron. Not even for dead people.


In the afternoon, Margie had PE (first day or baseball… or is it softball?) and E played on the playground. It was cold and windy! Almost like Autumn! Someone had brought a big, friendly dog and Elliott was having fun with him! Up to a point, anyway – he didn’t like the dog running with him – but this is a big deal since normally Elliott is afraid of even the tiniest puppy.

looks like autumn!

And, speaking of big deals – Margie ate beet greens tonight and declared them “not as bad as she thought”. She now eats kale, brussles sprouts, beet greens and wants to try asparagus and broccoli. I don’t know if this is related to her age, or being gluten-free, but whatever it is, it rocks!

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Monday I decided to pretend was Sunday again.

Tuesday was a hard day.  M was uncooperative to the max and I was having issues of my own which resulted in too little patience.

~1 lesson in math
~1 page of spelling
~Read/reviewed chapter 15 in SOTW – Phoneticians. We learned about how they learned to blow glass (we’ve seen that done at Balboa Park), and how they made a purple dye from snails. We learned the story of Dido and the founding of Carthage.
~M had PE at the park today

~Cut a lot of stuff out.
~Did a Letter F worksheet
~Learned the ASL sign for F.
~Played at the park during PE

Together we went to a new library and got a card there. I wasn’t thrilled with the library at all – it was small and all in one room so we had to whisper even in the Children’s section. BUT this is part of the SD County system which means I can now have books sent from anywhere in that system for free, I think. Which open up a lot of good opportunities for us. Yay!

Part of our SOTW work this week included dying some wool. I happened to have this on hand to learn to dye and this was the perfect chance. We didn’t use snails, though – we used red cabbage (and some alum). First we chopped the cabbage and then boiled it for about an hour on the stove. We strained the cabbage out and added a little alum (one resource I found said 10% of the weight of the wool to be dyed – I don’t have a scale so I estimated). It noticeably made the dye darker – since we mixed the alum into a small bowl of dye we were able to compare both dyes, with and without. We added the yarn and put it back on the stove. I let it simmer for awhile and then turned off the stove and let it sit until we came home from PE. We rinsed it in the sink until the water ran clear and hung it to dry. Despite the alum, it was still a very, very faint color. But, hey, we didn’t have murex snails.


7 Days: Day 4 (I Just Dyed in Your Arms Tonight)

dyed v. non

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Mabon is the celebration marking the Autumnal Equinox.  The exact moment occurs when the sun crosses the celestial equator, it gives us equal amounts of daylight and darkness.  The celebration begins the night before and the baking begins even before that.

Sunday we drove up into the mountains to pick apples, we met some of our Pagan friends at the orchard. Sadly, the crop this year was not as fabulous as it was last year – most of the apples had already been feasted upon by worms and, occasionally, by a bird (I assume). Still, we came home with a bag full and were even able to help make some cider with fallen apples we’d gathered.

some of the apples had gone to the worms

some of the apples had gone to the birds

beware, apples, you face your death

Monday we were on a looser-than-usual schedule. We did the usual math and spelling and she sketched and labeled some apple leaves. We talked about the equinox, and about the illustration of the event we’d seen at the planetarium show earlier this month. We talked a little about ancient cultural celebrations that marked the seasons – both equinoxes and solstices. We also talked a lot about fractions. And we baked. Pie filling, pie crusts and cookies. Mabon is delicious.

Today, the day of the equinox event, we met with our friends to celebrate. We had the aforementioned baked goods as well as squash, pomegranate seeds, a delicious potato salad, egg salad, and a delicious-looking honey bread I could not sample as it was gluteny – but Elliott scarfed a slice down so I think that’s two thumbs up. The kids thought about the past year and wrote down accomplishments they were proud of on paper leaves whichwe then hung in the tree – Margie put down crochet and Elliott put “pawprint”. We had a circle time in which we each mentioned the growth we had noticed in the person nest to us. We listened to the story of Persephone and Demeter. Lastly, we created pine cone feeders to offer to our bird friends as we head into these winter months.

apple pie pockets, sans gluten

bread for the gluteny people

goals and accomplishments

e's feeder

After that, we headed out to M’s PE class, during which the equinox actually occurred. I had grabbed a raw egg out of our fridge on the way to the park to see if we couldn’t try the egg-balancing trick. We had actually been testing this since the night before, never able to balance it. We arrived at the park at 2pm, and it still would not stand up for me, but when I tried at the time of the equinox – 2:18pm – it worked easily and perfectly! It was really exciting! We tried once more to confirm as we left at 3pm and, sure enough, it would not stand up again. It seems it has to be right at the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator.

the egg balances

And that was our Mabon. We will continue to study the cultural and scientific aspects of this for the rest of the week.

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Today we took advantage of the free museum day to go visit the Museum of Man’s Ancient Egyptian exhibit. While there we also peeked in at the human evolution exhibits, but mainly spent time in Egypt since that is what we are studying in SOTW.



pharaohs, one possessed.

to weigh a soul


~2 pages of spelling
~1 exercise in her math book (which was rather involved)
~Notebooking page about Akhenaten
~Listened to intro and first chapter of Insectigations.
~Listened to one chapter of Casting the Gods Adrift.
~Practice in using scissors
~PE – soccer

~Practiced using scissors

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Today was hard. It was a classic Thursday in every sense of the word. The kids were antsy and squirrelly during lessons and when it all fell apart, I snapped the books shut (figuratively) and we headed out to the Air and Space museum which the kids had passes for. We also spent some time afterwards sitting in the park, drawing things we found – leaves, bugs, etc. We tried looking closely for details we might not otherwise notice. We found one of these little green leafy bugs which I will have to look up to remind myself what they are called.

this guy

sketching together

Museum photos:

reflected in the mask


ready for takeoff

barefoot astronauts

Aside from all that, during formal lessons this morning…

~Did her daily spelling
~A lesson (3 pages) in math
~Micromanaged Elliott
~Practiced cutting out a flower
~Listened to a chapter of Casting the Gods Adrift.

~Practiced ASL “B” and learned the sign for “banana”
~Freaked out when he saw M cutting a flower and declared he wanted a flower, too. Had to settle for a bear. Did a pretty good job, actually, but it ended in frustration.
~Painted some pictures of “B” things.

Here’s a picture of the spiders they made last week. I had a particular image in my mind and neither kid went for it. M used toothpicks for legs b/c it was more authentic and she decided against any googly eyes b/c the people of ancient Africa would not have had those, after all. E sat his spider upright and decided it needed a nose. I am relieved that the nose matches the legs, though.


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