Homeschooling Adventures in Paris, Part 3 – Month 5 of Learning at Home

We have enjoyed another wonderful day in Paris. We visited a little-known museum, a bit off the beaten track. I can hugely recommend it and as soon as we got home I provided only its second review on TripAdvisor. It’s called Musee en Herbe and they had a wonderful Vasarely exhibition, who was an Op’Art artist which is really accessible art for kids, based on optical illusions. The gallery cleverly provided games, based on Vasarely’s pictures, which the kids could participate in although Petra did spent most of our time there building a palace with some wooden building blocks they’d provided, which is something that of course she could have done at home – infuriating! But she was surrounded by wonderful art and having a lovely time so I can’t complain too bitterly! Edward also zeroed in on one particular game of putting together different coloured shapes, like a Tangram, so it was interesting to see what caught and held their attention for so long. I also found it interesting that each found one thing that really absorbed them whilst I flittered around from piece to piece trying to learn a little bit about everything. Who will remember more? I bet the kids do!

Musee en herbe, Paris

Then we explored the Metro, a bit more easily this time, and of course ended up in our favourite ice cream place, Amorinos, overlooking Notre Dame, close to our apartment. After a short rest we headed to our local park for a picnic sandwich supper on the grass. We have been so lucky with the weather. It’s been gloriously sunny every day although not too hot. The kids quickly spotted another child and introduced themselves. Well, we spent some time there in the end because her Mum and I got on very well and the kids had great fun chasing each other and climbing a tree. What bliss! The ability to make friends easily! We hope to meet up again tomorrow and I have been offered the opportunity to practice my French but it’s so limited I just feel embarrassed! But I would love to improve, so we’ll see! How amazing to meet someone you find very interesting, with a lot in common, in a park!

I am really disappointed with our few things I’m able to tick off my list of ‘must sees in Paris’ but I am trying to be philosophical about it and just enjoy whatever we do get to do; like the to-die-for pistachios éclairs we bought from the most beautiful art deco patisserie. Thanks to Petra who asked for a ‘blue one’ and didn’t like it, I got to eat something I found really sublime. One just has to go with the flow travelling with little ones.

Tomorrow was meant to be a science day, to balance the art and architecture we’ve been focusing on but I am desperate to see the Musee d’Orsay and so I think we might have to forego one for the other, especially if my insider’s tip works out for how to get in if there’s a massive queue! That would be worth making a new French friend for right there!! So wish us luck and I’ll let you know how we found the art ‘in the flesh’ that we’ve spent so long talking about.

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About homeschoolingpenny

Hi and welcome! My name is Penny and I used to live in Bahrain but In November 2012 moved to Dubai and now we live in Granada, Spain! If you want to contact me my email is I recommend you start my blog on 'Day 1' but please enjoy whatever you dip into. 23 February 2012 marked the first day of no more school FOREVER for my two kids. Edward, who is nearly 10 had attended a variety of schools since he was very little. Petra, who is now 6, has never gone to school. On this date we decided Edward was never going back to school and Petra never would go to school. We hope to successfully homeschool from this day forward, although we would consider an alternative school as an option- if there was some amazing Sudbury or other really alternative school. Actually, I prefer the term 'home learning' than 'homeschool' because I don't like to think of school coming into our home. In fact, I hope to go further and guide/learn alongside, rather than teach, my kids using the 'unschooling' philosophy to instill a lifelong love of learning in them. We lived in the Middle East and now Spain all of which are very challenging places to home educate. This is an exciting journey that I used to blog about regularly, at first it was on an almost daily basis. Please join me on our travels and I hope we might be able to help each other out along the way. I certainly hope I can be a source of support and comfort and, in time, knowledge to all potential/presently participating homeschoolers/home educators/unschoolers. Good luck to us all! If you want to read about why I started home educating, why I pulled my son out of a 'very good' private school mid-term, how I felt at the very start and how my philosophy has evolved, please start from 'Day 1' of the blog. Please do post comments at the end of any days that you read. Your opinion is valuable and it's great to start up debate amongst other people commenting too, however old the post. Thank you for visiting homeschoolingmiddleeast.
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