For the Love of Your Nerd Child
I have a nerd child. He is a monster that I have encouraged. He is inquisitive and hungry for knowledge. He is highly conversational, said his first word at 10 months of age, and never stopped talking. I quit tracking his list of baby words after approximately 15 months of age. Fortunately for him, he has a mama who panders to his knowledge quest. When he asked how rain is formed, I tried to explain in terms of particles. HAH! I didn’t really know the answer, and we were in the car so I tried the best possible answer. I explained that water particles get really excited and move around a lot and they need more room ’cause they’re bumping all around, “dancing”, and they move up into the atmosphere and then condense and fall back down as rain. He was tickled by the “dancing” particles explanation, and I made him “repeat after me, b-r-o-w-n-i-a-n motion.”
We often talk about chemistry, to the best of my biologist-brained ability. Hence, I have been searching for a child-friendly version of the periodic table. While my kids were visiting their father this weekend, I strolled through Barnes and Noble and stumbled upon a great little series of books, each one dedicated to a subject of science. The authors are Simon Basher and Dan Green. The characters and illustrations are whimsical and vibrant, I find them to be enjoyable to read myself! Each book also has a glossy poster, most importantly the Periodic Table book includes a periodic table poster. yay! I purchased Physics, Chemistry, and Periodic Table. If you are in search of material to feed to your nerd-monster, I highly recommend you search this series.