Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Living Science

I continue to be intrigued by the idea of teaching science by stepping outside and opening our eyes to the wonders of God's creation.

Curiosity took an odd turn last week. At one point I went outside to see what my boys were doing. They were sitting in the car sweating to death. In a bit of shock, I asked what they were doing and were they stupid or what? William wanted to know if he looked good all sweaty and David informed me that they were going to open the doors if they thought they were going to pass out.

After telling them never to do that again, I thought of all the dangerous things scientists do when curious. The boys weren't in nearly the same danger as Sally Ride or Chuck Yeager since they could open the door whenever they wanted to. The test had no long lasting effects like Marie Curie's uranium studies. So, in a way, it was a fairly safe thing for curious boys to do.

Later, David melted butter as an ingredient to the brownies he made. He could have burnt himself if the pot turned over or as he pulled the brownie pan out of the oven. There's risk in just eating dessert that is too hot, but smells too good to wait to eat. He also grilled his own hot dog. I often burn myself when I'm too lazy to grab a fork after I microwave or heat up a small meal.

That night, we watched a video on the Federal Reserve System and then read a book on money as a commodity. Cooking brownies, cooking boys, cooking books...There just seems to always be science going on at this house.

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