Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Today we joined our wonderful homeschool group for the Superhero Tour of New York!!  We all met by the Empire State Building and started our walking tour.  Our guide was great - young, fun, and interesting.  Every location on the tour was a place we knew or probably walked by frequently.  The cool thing is finding out things we don't know about these places.

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 Check out this fabulous itinerary:
• Empire State Building The NY landmark has featured in countless Superhero adventures, find out which ones!
• Flat Iron Building Not only was this The Daily Bugle in Spiderman, it has featured in countless other films too
• Chrysler Building Spidey's regular perch when he's using his spider-sense, this incredible skyscraper has a long association with Superheroes
• Batman The former Park Avenue offices of Batman creator Bob Kane, and Will Eisner, creator of The Spirit
• Marvel Enterprises HQ Learn about the history of Marvel
• Grand Central Station Find out which Superheroes have battled in this magnificent train station
• Fantastic Four The ‘real’ location of the Fantastic Four’s fictitious Baxter Building
• The News Building Step inside Clark Kent's workplace, The Daily Planet offices are here
• New York Public Library Where Uncle Ben told Peter Parker, 'With great power comes great responsibility!'
• Spiderman The Green Goblin’s Gothic Manhattan mansion
• United Nations Where Batman and Robin saved the Security Council from the "fearsome foursome" of Joker, Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman
• The apartments of Lernore Lemmon (suspected of killing George "Superman" Reeves ) and across the street Kirk Allan (the first Superman 1948) - no they did not knew each other!
• The hidden bar where comic book artists have been drawing superhero cartoons on the walls since the 1960's

• The Superhero Tour incorporates some of the greatest New York architecture and NYC Hotels as seen in the Superhero movies 

The Chrysler Building

The revolving globe from The Daily Planet

Grand Central Station

The "hidden bar" is called The Overlook.  Originally, cartoon artists would go there for drinks and instead of paying their tab, they would draw something on the wall.  So many famous artists left their mark here and I felt privileged to end the day there having a great lunch with friends.  

A wall in the Overlook Bar

W and I are both really enjoying the homeschool life lately.  Maybe because the weather has been beautiful for the last few weeks, but I especially feel a nice sense of calm.  Using the Worldbook course of study as our guideline has been perfect.  We have a great list of what's typical for 5th grade and we cover each subtopic as we like.  It's working.  And neither of us feels stressed.  I love being able to go very in-depth with certain things and revisit subjects until I know for sure he knows it.  I have no doubt he'll be more than prepared for high school.

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