When I received the email a few weeks ago, inviting families to get together for a tour of the Museum of the Alphabet, right here in rural Waxhaw, I was excited! A museum of alphabets from all over the world would be so interesting. During John's Kindergarten year, one of our favorite books was "Ox, House, Stick: A History of our Alphabet," which he still references in order to write his own codes. Further, one of my most memorable and fascinating classes at university was the history of worldwide languages and how they relate to one another.
This Thursday, we went to the Museum of the Alphabet, on the campus of JAARS, a Protestant missionary college that translates Bibles into languages all over the world.
|All the signs were in various languages.|
|An amazing metalworking Tower of Babel|
The tour guides divided our group into a younger group, and a group of fourth grade and above, so Mary struggled with being the oldest of the "little kid" group.
|Joseph dressed up as the fourteenth century king who wrote an alphabet for Korea.|
|The Mayan calendar|
|Listening to a language using 'clicks'|
|A whistling language|
|Stamping one's name in hieroglyphics|
After visiting the museum, we found a shady oak tree on campus where we ate our brown bag lunches and played football.