I’m trying a new method of organising myself and making the most of E’s random questions. Most of the time when we’re out and about, she’ll ask something out of the blue (today’s was ‘how do zips work?’), and usually I don’t know the answer, and am somewhere with no way of answering. I also have a habit of completely forgetting about her questions by the time I get home, and so does she.
To try and combat this, I have purchased myself a notepad and pen to keep in my bag at all times. This has mostly been used for noting down things the girls decide they want on their christmas/birthday lists (because I refuse to buy them!), but gradually its filling with useful questions. The main flaw comes when they ask something when I’m driving…!
So far we have had:
- what does shark’s skin feel like? (as we watched a reef shark swim over our heads at the aquarium on Tuesday)
- what does dinosaur skin feel like? (and the pretend skin in our local city museum doesn’t count, says E)
- what are shark’s teeth like?
- how do zip’s work? (as E sat in the car zipping and unzipping a pocket on her trousers)
- what bones are in our wrists and what do they look like?
I’m slowly cultivating a shelf of useful books to refer to when we get home in order to answer these questions! Internet searches are useful to me, but generally don’t have enough pictures to keep E happy! The shark questions were easily answered by fishing out this funky little book on sharks we picked up for 5p at a car boot sale a couple of months ago. Apparently shark skin has the texture of sandpaper, and was used as such in the past. Many species of shark have several rows of teeth, and regularly shed teeth as they feed, apparently.
The zip question was laid to rest after a delve into my ancient edition of The Way Things Work which I begged my parents to get me when I was about 10 and we’d used it at school. Its finally coming into its own 😉 E has now explained to B how zips work, and I apologise to anyone else who puts up with E’s zip demonstrations!
Still to work on wrist bones and dinosaur skin!
I’ve also been on a spending spree on Amazon, after getting a dose of inspiration – its catching this time of year, don’t you think?!! Here are my new library additions:
- Games for Math
- Games for Reading
- How Children Learn Mathematics
- How Children Learn – my first John Holt book!
I am now in love with Amazon Marketplace! Unfortunately I paid more in postage than I did for the books! I’ve also downloaded the nectar.com toolbar, so I am collecting nectar points for every yahoo search I make online. All going towards my Amazon habit…!