Random Outbursts Of ScienceThis story was originally posted in September 2013.
Right now, since Phoenix is 4½ and technically still in preschool, my main goals are to work on reading and math. Everything else is very casual... and it seems that casual has been working great. Today, he blew my mind with two random outbursts of science. The first was when he told me that if there's a fire, you can put it out by putting carbon dioxide on it. Apparently it was something he had learned on Bill Nye The Science Guy earlier that day. Was I impressed by his ability to recall the name of a chemical compound he heard mentioned on tv earlier? Absolutely! And then, later, while we were reading a book about elements before he went down for his nap, he pointed to a picture of fireworks and asked, "Mom, is that a supernova?" "No, those are fireworks," I told him. "But do they spread elements like a supernova?" he asked.