Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Romantic Fanatics

As we started our Romantic Fanatic component, in which we learned about the Romantic period, we met at Mormon Rocks. There, we listened to music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, learned about patronymic names, and also went on a short hike to meet Casper David Friedrich who taught us about atmospheric perspective. Then to top off the day we had a personal tour at a train museum in San Bernardino.

The kids with Friedrich, or maybe we should say Fredrika.

While at the train museum we learned about the Harvey girls. A few days later we ordered the movie form Netflix and now have another favorite!

David had the day off and it was an unusual treat to have him along for a field trip! And don't you just love the little girl hugging Robert. He was so embarrassed!

After learning about Casper David Friedrich we decided do some science and make fog using ice, a match, and a little warm water. It was just a quick little activity for the girls, but the boys loved it and spent about an hour on it. It then led to some great discussion about the water cycle.
Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog by Casper David Friedrich was our inspiration for the experiment. This is also the picture on the front of Robert's journal making it one of his favorites!
Waiting for the fog to form. Anna hamming it up as usual. She keeps things fun and Alahna keeps things sane. They make a good pair.

Being allowed to play with matches just might have been the real reason they loved this activity so much.

If you look closely at the top of the jar you can actually see the fog coming out.