The Huntington Library

Harriet Hosmer's Zenobia in Chains

 Yesterday was our first day of "school." Yes, I use quotes and have told Thing 1 that when I say "school" to imagine the quotes and that the quotes means we are giving something the name "school" but we aren't really going school. We just call it that to make Aba more comfortable with what we are doing. (More on that later.)

We started the day with a talk about George Washington and the American Revolution. I never thought all of those princess movies would help, but I was able to use examples from Pocohontas and Cinderella. Ha!

I also spent some time with Thing 2 as she was our cartographer for the day. We plotted out our visit to The Huntington on a map and she carried it on her clipboard.

We grabbed headsets for the audio tour and I had the girls listen to two of the family tour segments in the Scott Galleries. They all chose to listen to a couple more and Thing 3 especially enjoyed them.

The two things I wanted them to see and listen to were the explanations of the three portraits of George Washington (hence the earlier overview of him and the revolution) and Hosmer's sculpture Zenobia in Chains. 

The girls have a deep love of modern art so we had to listen, observe and sketch Francis' Free Floating Clouds. Hopper's The Long Leg, Church's Chimborazo and a Tiffany stained glass window were other favorites.

Afterwards we wandered through the Children's Garden and got soaked. We also wandered through the conservatory before leaving.

Over all it was a great day and we'll be back soon since we didn't get to wander through the gardens as Thing 2 was hoping.