Our Odyssey

Guess where we have been....not Greece.....

.... but Philadelphia. While touring the city, Lou's eyes grew wide as she began to notice all sorts of references to Greece. Apparently our founding fathers thought that perhaps Philadelphia might become a new Athens. She grabbed my camera and began to search out columns, determined to find one of each major kind.

She found Doric columns

and Ionic

and Corinthian.

She also found sculptures of Poseidon, Athena, and Zeus. It was a lot of fun to watch her connect something from school to the world around her.

We then continued on to Ohio to visit Grandparents--a long, 14 hour journey. We worked on her play lines and listened to all of Mary Pope Osborne's Tales from the Odyssey. We all enjoyed this version very much and it made the time go by.

I am now craving roasted meat and a bowl of wine. Osborne does a great job at describing food.

We're all home now for a day and switching gears from all things Greek to American history, culture, and government. Helen and I leave tomorrow for a class trip to Washington, DC. We have all sorts of adventures planned from exploring monuments through primary sources to visiting a mosque, to attending a young violinist concert at the Kennedy Center. This wide variety of activities is requiring many outfits....from head scarves for the mosque to something nice for the concert. Phew. I'm off to iron!

sarah  – (April 24, 2010 at 5:03 PM)  

it looks like so much fun! what a rich and interesting life you lead.

softearthart  – (April 24, 2010 at 5:53 PM)  

Lovely to find such richness in the city, cheers Marie

Susan  – (April 25, 2010 at 4:22 PM)  

I love reading about your family's adventures. Philadelphia sounds like it was a great trip. I will look forward to hearing all about Washington D.C.

Teaching Handwork  – (April 29, 2010 at 7:46 PM)  

sounds so great!!! I remember doing that in 5th and 6th grade....even now actually

Lovely World  – (April 30, 2010 at 9:08 AM)  

I have been wondering if those Pope-Osborne stories were any good. I am glad to get the thumbs up from you. My children are very taken by Greek Mythology, as well as Norse Mythology. Anything to feed this interest is welcome. Have a nice weekend.

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