Tuesday, May 03, 2011

National Museum of the American Indian

Today we went on a homeschool group trip to the National Museum of the American Indian.  It was a wonderful workshop on Bentwood Boxes.  The kids were shown a cute movie about how the night sky became lit with stars, the moon, and the sun by being let out of an old man's cedar bentwood boxes by his grandson.  We were then brought into an area where we saw masks, boxes, and glass depictions of the story.  Finally, the kids were part of a workshop to make their own bentwood boxes, stenciling a traditional picture onto the front of it.  We hadn't been to that museum in a few years.  It was great to go back. 
The Sphere before 9/11
The Sphere after 9/11
 A bunch of us then headed over to Battery Park.  The kids ate a quick lunch and ran around and played.  The park keeps a remnant from the World Trade Center - a large brass sphere sculpture that was destroyed when the buildings came down.  It breaks my heart to see that.  In front of it is a memorial plaque and the eternal flame for the victims of 9/11.

 In the afternoon, W started his first of a series of advanced beginner chess classes in Brooklyn.  It was a quick 15 minute subway ride from lower Manhattan.  There was about 12-15 kids total.  I have been looking for something like this for a long time. 

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