As I was telling a story at naptime to Isabelle and Olivia the other day I decided to have a teaching moment. What better time to impart knowledge? Both girls lying sweetly in their beds, ears open, ready to be edified. My story was about a girl named Sally who went to the moon. I thought maybe I could teach the girls a little about how big the moon is and what it's like up there. However, as I quickly dove into the recess of my intelligence bank I came up with less than I started with (I had really thought I had known something about astronomy!). What in the world- how long since I've had a science class? Very long...so here are some answers for your next story!
* how big is the moon in comparison to the earth? Um.... (I guess it's about a fourth the size of the earth)
* how far away is the moon- how long would it take to get there? (2 days in a spaceship; 250,000 miles away)
* how is the temperature up there? (-280 degrees-260 degrees F depending on whether the sun is shining on it or not. Also there is no water or atmosphere, so that means no weather!)
So anyway, like any good Mom would do I brushed over what I didn't know and quickly put little Sally back on solid ground.
I do try to watch "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader" to freshen up my knowledge on simple facts that are embarrassing not to know. But about that, I really think those kids have a study guide to read before each show. There is no way they know all those answers. Anyway.....
Are there any subjects you'd really like to brush up on?
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Posted by cold cocoa at 11:58 AM