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Science Can be Fun

Hey. School’s back, the boys are back, so… I’m baaaaack!

8 year old is now in grade 2, and 12 year old is a freshman in high school. I told 12yo I’ll bring him to school first day (blink blink).

Why? He asked.

Poker face - stifling my guffaw. Because it’s your first time in highschool, you’re going to a new building, and you’ll say “Mummy, I’m scared.” Then I’ll say, Ok anak, Don’t be afraid, I’ll hold your hand..
He looked at me incredulously. Can you please not go with me?

Nope. I want go with you. (Still stifling guffaw)

Hehe. Needless to say, I went to school first day and looked 8 year old up in class. They were asked to go home early so I waited for 8 year old to get out of school and we both went home.

Of course, I was just sh_tting 12 year old. Hehe

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I read somewhere that another bonding time you can spend with your boys is reading to them the lives of great science men. One of my life regrets is that I didn’t appreciate science enough so I thought I would also benefit if I did this.

But where to start??? Science books make my eyes glass over. 8 year old has a more apt term for it, “BOO-RING.” It’s the combination of Boo and Boring.

Luckily, my sister gave 12 year old the book Dead Famous Scientists two Christmases ago. I saw it in the john (12 year old re-reads time and again in the toilet). I tried reading a little Aristotle bio to 8yo before bedtime. Surprisingly, we had a blast!

Dead Famous Scientists

The book is written for gradeschoolers and shows that scientists, great people as they were, were pretty kooky too. The storytelling is appealing and humorous. It’s nice for parents to read this too so you can apply it to regular conversation with your bigger kids. For younger gradeschoolers, it’ll be easier for them to understand if you read it aloud and simplify/ explain the science concepts and the scientists’ life as you go along.

It would also be nice if you were there to read it with the boys if you want to explain adult behavior. Our great scientists are only human too, after all. Aristotle and Galileo liked boozing their brains away, Isaac Newton had a boyfriend at age 51, Louis Pasteur was a narcissistic nut, Marie Curie had an extramarital affair, etc etc.

Juicy eh?

Last night, we tried out Galileo’s pendulum laws. We timed the pendulum swings and all. You can imagine your kid’s goofy grin if you do the experiments and get the predicted measurements correct.

If I only knew science could be so fun…

Originally posted 19 June 2008


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