Before our visit to the Parthenon in Nashville, I hadn't mentioned much about Greek mythology to the girls. This field trip was actually their introduction to the subject. In my normal fashion, I didn't tell the girls much about where we were going. They only knew we were going to Nashville, and once we arrived to the city I told them we would be visiting the Parthenon.
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We tend to go on several field trips throughout the year, and what I have learned that the girls do not always remember things from each outing. I know this is normal because I don't know anyone who remembers everything they learned in a visit to a place. For this visit, I decided I would help them retain a bit of information by having them bring a Field Trip Reflection page which I created. Upon arriving at the Parthenon, I had them write down a few questions about what they wanted to learn on this field trip. The main question was "What is the Parthenon?"
The Parthenon is Nashville is the only full scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The outside is built to replicate this historical site. Our visit included a guided tour. As we started our tour the guide provided us with a brief note about the Greek goddess Athena. Looking back, I know she introduced us to Athena first because as we entered the upper level room she was the first thing we saw. The girls and I were amazed by the size of the statue along with gold leafing which demanded our attention.
While we were in the room which houses Athena, we learned about the history of the Parthenon in Nashville. It was in 1897 and is located in Centennial Park. We also learned about the construction of the grand statue of Athena. The sculpture was created by Alan LeQuire who was commission in 1983, but the sculpture was not completed until 1990. Not only did we learn about the sculpting Athena, but we were also taught a bit about Greek mythology. The story which caught the girls attention and made them cringe was the birth of Athena. My youngest was horrified that she sprang from Zeus' head.