To make history come alive, we enjoy visiting museums. At the moment we are really fond of visiting museums with focus on one particular memorable historical person. We try to relate to that time when that person lived and understand how their lives has been. We get inspired and find energy from the strength and quirkiness of that person.
I have never really liked Karen Blixen. But the more we came across her in our studies and just what we were talking about at home, I more and more felt we had to go see her museum. I had seen the movie “Out of Africa” and I hated it. But as she was on our list to read on the public recommended list for primary school, I thought it was a good idea to give her a chance and keep an open mind. The kids should make up their own mind.
It is a very beautiful museum and lies in a very beautiful part of Denmark. The museum is in her old childhood home and it is also the place she spent most of her life. The museum staff was friendly and we felt were welcome. The museum has a sponsorship for fresh flowers to use for flower decorations around the museum. So the whole museum is full of beautiful fresh flower decorations and that together with Karen Blixens old furniture and stylish decor gives an all together peaceful setting.
There was so much that we didn’t know about her. That she was a brilliant painter. That she was an excellent storyteller. That she had made a pact with the devil. That she suffered from syphilis and a stomach disorder. That she had to struggle really hard to get her books published and was rejected many times. That she was first published in the USA. That she had met Marilyn Monroe.
The museum also had worksheets for the children to complete, which helped us get around and see the whole museum and not miss anything. The staff was also very helpfull with information.
Karen Blixen had a great advice for the next generation – The most important in life is to have courage, humour and love.
Going to museums is one of our favorite things to do. We love them. Find them so inspiring. It doesn’t really matter what the subject is. Today we went to the Storm P. Museum. We had for a few years been using the ice skating ring next to the museum. Every time we had said:”We should visit that museum”. Well, today we got around to it.
Especially my oldest child was eager to go there. I knew Storm P. from my dad and remembered reading cartoons by Storm P. as a child, which we had lying around the house.
Storm P. lived from 1882-1949. He was an artist who took part in 20 movies, a comedian, a cartoonist, an author and poet. He is mainly known for his cartoons, which was used in newspapers and magazines.
The museum showed a very versatile Storm P. Many sides to Storm P. that I didn’t know. It was much more interesting that I had imagined.
There was also a temporary exhibition about the cartoon “Valhalla” which all my children knew, even though it was from the 1970-ties. We also took part in an assignment, where you should answer different questions around the museum.
When we started out homeschooling, we went to the university library that stocks all the school related books for teaching primary school (Pædagogisk bibliotek). We read and read and borrowed and tried out different material that we found useful.
During the years we have tuned in on those materials, that we enjoy and find of a high quality. I will try to write our basic Curriculum here. On top of this Curriculum, we use all sorts of other material, but this is our classical basic learning.
Danish (our native language) Min danskbog for (childs current grade), Forlaget Delta Alkalær system for learning to read
Math Sigma for (childs current grade), Alinea
English Let’s do it, Forlaget Delta
German Gut Gemacht, Forlaget Delta
History Børnenes danmarkshistorie, Nils Hartmann Børnenes verdenshistorie, Nils Hartmann Danmarks konger og dronninger, Nils Hartmann Hvem bestemmer i Danmark?, Nils Hartmann Børn i danmarkshistorien, Nils Hartmann Historien om Danmark under 2. verdenskrig, Nils Hartmann
Physics and chemistry En meget kort historie om næsten alt, Bill Bryson How science works, Judith Hann (Din bog om naturvidenskab) The Science Timeline Wallbook, Christopher Lloyd FysiKemi, Poul Bogetoft
We visited Ordrupgaard for the first time together as a family 2nd of September 2018. We wanted to see the installation “Geometry of Innocence”, by Mike & Doug Starn in the park.
It was a very impressive experience to see a construction in that size made out of giant bamboo. I have always loved installation art. It feels like you can explore an art piece on so many more levels, than a painting (I love paintings too, though). For children, installation art, can be a playground to explore.
The piece brings out many emotions and thoughts – this looks so fragile, will it fall apart when we enter it? Is it at all sensible to bring my beloved family to the top of it, just for entertainment? Will it fall down? How can it be so strong, when it just looks like one great organic mess?
It brought around many interesting questions. These were the children’s questions. Why have they made it? Is it dangerous? How many meters of rope have they used? How much bamboo? Why bamboo? Did they make a drawing first? Can I go up to the top again?
One thing we agreed on for sure, it was beautiful and fascinating.