A Week In Our Home Ed Life: the Melbourne Museum edition

Here’s a little glimpse in to our homeschooling life this week, featuring the Melbourne Museum.  Yay for museums!

On one of the warmer days, DeeW went off on a beach adventure with Husband.  No photos there, but they had a good time being beach geeks.

Arthur loves Kerbal Space Program.  Check it out, it’s a fab program.  It has become Arthur’s number one favourite:

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Father and son reading What if? xkcd.  They read it together so they can have a discussion.  I love hearing Arthur giggling at it:

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Flower pressing with DeeW for some art work in a few weeks:

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Arthur’s reading pile, courtesy of many library visits:

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I kept forgetting to take photos of the numeracy/literacy stuff, hopefully next time 🙂

Today we visited the Melbourne Museum.  We were there for about three and a half hours and still didn’t see everything.  With our free entry, I’m not that fussed and we’ll go back again before the weather starts getting too hot.  We often visit these school-y kinds of places in the afternoon, when school excursion groups have gone home and we get everything to ourselves  😉

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This piece of amber contains 35 million year old fossil insects.  Phwooooar, geek out!

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An 1860 printing of The Origin of Species:

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…aaaaand it’s always about the poo with my kids:
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Husband took the kids to the playground by the Museum when we were done, while I had a quick browse in the shop:

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I ended up buying these to be used as part of our Australian Studies next year.  The DK Human Body book will be used as part of our Life Science studies:

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The Royal Exhibition Building, opposite the Museum and IMAX:

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I’m looking forward to returning to the Museum to see this.  Husband says Timothy Dalton was hands down the best bond.  I’m inclined to agree, only because one of my favourite cheesy movies is Flash Gordon:

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Hope you enjoyed the first of my homschooling specific ‘weeks that were’ 🙂

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A week in Sydney

Every now and then Husband gets some great cheap-as-chips offers for accommodation and when we can find some budget priced flights, it seems like a good idea for a short family holiday. We were fortunate to get a good deal on Sydney accommodation in Darlinghurst which is a fantastic location for exploring, so we booked a sortof-last minute holiday.  DeeW had never been on a plane before and insisted on packing most of her wardrobe (which, of course, I unpacked).

We pretty much did the typical touristy stuff with a focus on the kids.  The Powerhouse Museum is really good:

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This piece of rock is 3.9 billion years old, older than 99% of rocks on earth:

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Retro!

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We also went to the Australian Museum, another great visit for the kids but you know, I was oohing and aahing over the old woodwork:

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Arthur and I went to the Maritime Museum and got to check out some sea vessels, and whacky maritime humour:

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Arthur thought this bath plug was hilarious:

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I like the faces on this Vikings chess set:

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Arthur and I went to the Sydney Observatory. I WANT ONE:

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Then we wandered around The Rocks for a bit and I bought some veg gyoza from the Japanese stall after being assured there was no animal content.  I didn’t take a photo because I was too hungry:

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Husband wanted to take the kids on one of those jet boat rides.  I declined, because of the crazy price and the fact I hate being on any kind of boat.  Even the short ferry ride from Darling Harbour to Circular Quay made me feel sick.  I have photos of the kids going in to the boat, looking all excited.  Then photos of them coming off the boat, with their hair dripping wet and looking very unimpressed.  They did enjoy it though, particularly the fast spinning around bit:

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We did a lot of walking around with my taking the standard tourist photos.  We didn’t go to the top of this tower, though I think I went up when I was a little kid:

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Sydney Opera House and a closeup of the tiles:

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Sydney Harbour Bridge, aka ‘the Coathanger’:

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This was pretty much the route we took when walking to/from our hotel near Hyde Park:

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The hotel was around the corner from Grandma Takes A Trip.  Wallpaper!  Old stairs!

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DeeW loved this spiral fountain at Darling Harbour:

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Sydney is the oldest city in Australia and is full of stunning buildings:

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I bought some nut-seed cookies I’d made from home and trail mix type stuff and I’d buy fruit too, to avoid buying meals all the time.  For one of my non descript lunches I went to an Indian outlet in a food court somewhere:

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and I enjoyed this delicious chocolate sorbet from a gelateria:

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After my boycott of the Iku Wholefood store in Darlinghurst, I wandered around looking for a smoothie/breakfast/brunch place I’d passed but forgotten to note the location.  Instead I came across this little sustainable fair market and got a lovely fresh juice.  The juicer-women and I had a laugh about the healthiest juices looking the ugliest.  It was nice to start the day with a fruit-veg juice:

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Sydney is a fantastic city to explore and like Melbourne, there are great options for vegans. I’m very glad to be back home, even if it means many loads of washing…