Simon loves it when we read Larry Gonick’s Cartoon Guide to Physics (we have a Russian translation). My guess is that book is partially responsible for him trying to picture his daily experiences in vectors. Or maybe it’s just Simon. This is today’s scoop:
After going to the playground where he climbed the slope pulling himself up holding on a rope and jumping off it, wondering which forces affect him
Taking a bath and thinking about how bubbles appear after you throw something heavy in the water
Reflecting on why cylinders roll in a straight line and cones roll in circles
Contrary to what’s expected of a “normal” Dutch 6 year old, Simon can’t bike a two-wheeler yet. But he can bike a three-wheeler! Well, almost.
Simon gave me a lecture on the quint circle (circle of fifths) late last night.
Simon actually enjoyed two hours of playing sports games! He was exhausted for the rest of the day.
Watched BBC1 together. I explained why in my view the idea of direct democracy (important decisions via referenda) is a dangerous one. He then went on to read nos.nl news on the iPad and produced this chart.
I may become one. And I shouldn’t forget to buy magnesium sulfate and more, many more food colourings tomorrow. But then again, I’ve read about this 13 year old who built a nuclear reactor in his parents’ garage. My life isn’t that bad. Yet.
It was a blast again with Simon’s chemistry teacher. They experimented with salts and lacmus, and – upon Simon’s request – with static electricity. Simon also got little books with more experiments as a present, experiments have become his real passion (which is not always easy on me in terms of cleaning or having to buy the ingredients required).
The instructions are in English which doesn’t seem to pose any difficulty.