Small Scientist

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My baby brother, I say baby the great galumph is a 6 foot 3, hairy backed beast of a man, is a scientist. And not just in the “I like chemistry n stuff” way, he’s about to get his PhD in physics and has spoken at conferences around the world. My baby brother is something of a brainiac and I think Miss Rose is following suit.

Miss Rose loves to watch TV, don’t they all, but one of her most frequent requests is the Walking With Dinosaurs: Sea Monsters series. Specifically episode three. That’s the one with the really big dinosaurs in. She also likes Blue Planet, which I find harrowing. Damn you Attenborough and your soothing tones lulling me into a false sense of security as killer whales are about to infiltrate a happy little sea lion family. Don’t get me wrong, she’s also a big fan of Peter Rabbit and a lover of Monsters Inc, she’s still a two year old, but these unusual choices of TV show do make me smile. They show a love for learning that I find exciting for her.

Today, walking home from playgroup, we learned about shadows. She waved at hers, pointed out mine. Asked about other shadows then said “tree shadow” and “car shadow” and “mummy shadow”. If you take her into anything vaguely tunnel like she will shout to test for echoes, finding out where they stop and start. The way the world, nature and manmade, around her works fascinates her and she wants more knowledge. More, always more.

Photo credit Pezibear

Photo credit Pezibear

This fascination with the world is fabulous. I love that she wants to explore, she wants to learn. She wants to see how things works and learn about what different things do. It’s a fascination I want to work on, develop. I want to take her to the Natural History Museum and Eureka. Places she can discover just how fascinating this world is and why.

I do not have a scientific mind. I have a good mind, and a mind full of all sorts of things, but it’s not scientific. I don’t understand most of the things my brother talks about and even when I try, or get really close, I forget it extremely quickly and then struggle through trying to understand all over again. My brain just doesn’t work like that. I fear she will surpass me rapidly and I’ll be playing catch up. This is why I am so glad she has her big, hairy uncle. He might be living abroad and working lots but the joys of modern technology means she can discuss science stuff with him when she’s bored of playing guitar with The Boy or painting pictures with me.

I realise that, as a mother, I am somewhat biased, but seriously this child is a total genius.

My brother also has a blog, The Sasquatch of Science, so if you’re interested in all things science and education related, check it out and tweet him, @SciSasquatch.

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Thanks as always for reading, and I’ll speak to you soon I hope!



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