Thursday was swimming again and J is taking to it better than I could have imagined. She did real freestyle with proper form and breathing. The instructor told her and A they should join their 5-borough swim team. Of course they were incredibly proud of themselves. W just loves being in the water. He tries very hard and tends to get a lot of 1-on-1 instruction. A lot of high-5s happen too, lol. Later that morning, J spent almost an hour on a bunch of science websites.
Friday we met up with a couple of other homeschooling families and went to the National Museum of the American Indian. It was a beautiful place with cool exhibits and films. It was our first time there and we loved it. It has a resource room I could have spent hours in and a fantastic gift shop with everything Native American. W bought an arrowhead and K and J both bought bracelets. I brought home free info sheets, workbooks, and a $2 book filled with poetry and songs. J said she wants to use it for copywork. Here are 2 pictures - W and his bud, F, outside the museum, and the boys at an interactive computer exhibit.
After the museum we walked a block over to Battery Park. The Statue of Liberty is right there and it's where the Staten Island Ferry comes and goes from. We watched tumbling street performers and saw about a dozen poor, hot souls dressed head to toe as Lady Liberty for the tourists. The kids had hot dogs and ice cream and played for about an hour in the fountain. It was about 95 degrees out. The subway home was nice and cool and very relaxing after our day downtown. Here's a pic of the kids in the fountain. The girls are doing cartwheels and W is just running all around. K did run through, too, a couple of times. :) Oh and I threw in a complimentary cute hamster picture!