FUTURE MARTIANS OF AMERICA
My five-year-old is a curious tyke. Right now the object of her curiosity is gravity. I got her some books on the subject, with which she was singularly unimpressed. These books are aimed at preschoolers, and basically say that things fall down because of gravity.
“I knew THAT,” Little Bit complained. “I want to know HOW GRAVITY WORKS.”
Problem is, no one seems to have written any gravity books for elementary aged kids. It goes from I Fall Down to high school physics textbooks with nothing in between.
Little Bit is also fascinated by Mars. Luckily, there’s lots of material available on that topic. Each night I read to her from one of our stack of Mars books. She understands very little of what I read, but she still wants to hear it.
Things I learned about Mars this evening:
Because of its red color, ancient peoples associated the planet with blood. The Romans named it Mars after their god of war.
From a 15th century German manuscript on astrology:
Mars rules catastrophes and war, it is master of the daylight hours of Tuesday and the hours of darkness on Friday. Its
qualities are warm and dry, it rules the color red, the liver, the
blood vessels, the kidneys and the gallbladder as well as the left ear. Being of choleric temper it especially rules males between the ages of 42 and 57.
The left ear? Who knew?
Tigger came home from school all excited about the third grade camp experience planned for later this year. She learned today that parent attendance at this overnight-for-two-nights camp is OPTIONAL.
“You are NOT going,” she informed me. “NO WAY.”
“Are you sure you’re ready for that? Really?”
(On her way up the stairs) “I’m going to start packing. Ta!”
“The trip’s not ‘til May!” I called up the stairs.
SLAM went her bedroom door.
Good thing there are no pre-k overnight field trips to Mars.