Sunday, February 24, 2008

Sunday Afternoon Post

So yesterday I came across an article in the Washington Post that 1 in 5 Americans think that the Sun revolves around the Earth! I was like.. omg! Really? So I asked our kids individually if the sun revolves around the Earth or if the Earth revolves around the sun. They all got it right. I asked the 6 yr old first. She just looked at me like I was insane or something and said with a giggle in her voice, "Mommy, the Earth goes around the sun!!!" Subsequently all the kids got the right answer right away. But, then we got into a longish discussion with the 6, 7 and 9 year old about how a solar system works. Using a large candle in a glass and a smaller bottle of vitamins, we discussed how the smaller bottle made it from one side and around to the start before the big glass.. making the vitamin bottle have a shorter year than the jar. (Read the difference between Earth's year vs. Jupiter's year). Then we got into discussing just how powerful the suction cups would have to be on your space boots to be able to stay on the surface of Neptune, which is really windy.. kinda like Wyoming on a bad day. Ahhh.. kids. They are awesome. :D


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