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Welcome to the Pleistocene

Yesterday, Connor and I took a trip back in time . . . 15,000 years ago, back to the Pleistocene Epoch, to do some cave painting. Ooh! Art projects are fun!

We set ourselves up in the bathroom downstairs (no windows), so we could simulate a cave, and then lit candles so we could work by firelight like they did back in the day. We used charcoal and powdered chalk, so we'd be using materials similar to the ones used by our ancestors, and did our artwork on brown wrapping paper that I'd crumpled up to simulate the bumpy rock walls inside a cave. It was a pretty cool project, and Connor was really excited about the whole thing. And of course, I took pictures:

Connor painted (L to R) a woolly rhinoceros, woolly mammoth, and party of nomads hunting an Irish elk (megaceros):

Of course, I'm not going to miss out on the fun. I painted a megaceros and mother and baby woolly mammoths:

ETA: While I'm posting things . . . did I ever post a picture of the mammoth skeleton we excavated last week? I don't think that I did:

FYI, the little jar on the shelf contains actual tar that we collected from the La Brea Tar Pits last year. Talk about sticky!

So far, this homeschooling thing is a lot of FUN! :) Tomorrow we'll be moving forward in time to Ancient Egypt. I expect we'll spend a couple of weeks there, at least. And I feel a trip to the museum in San Jose in our future! :)



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Sep. 12th, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC)
Wow, you make things so fun! You really are a special, wonderful mother and it's an honour to be able to call you "friend" :)

Sep. 12th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC)
Captain Caaaaaaavemaaaaaaaan!
Now that's cool. Have you taken him to real cave paintings sites?
Sep. 13th, 2006 03:39 am (UTC)
The consensus around here is that you are the world's coolest mom.
Sep. 13th, 2006 12:12 pm (UTC)
I should really be putting these entries in my memories. Schools in Arizona are definitely better than the ones in Texas (glad I escaped) but I'm still planning on homeschooling. :)
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