My son loves science: the solar system, planets, space, the human body, bones – you name it, he’s probably asked about it.
Whatever topic holds his interest, I run with, because he absorbs so much more.
However, some things are simply beyond a 4 year old’s grasp, and his brain will twist the data so it “makes sense” in his world.
The problem arises when you dare correct the facts he holds true.
Case in point: Living Inside the Earth
“Mommy we live inside the Earth. Then there is the sky. And WAY above it is space.”
“Sweetie, we don’t live inside the Earth, we live on top of it. The top part of the Earth is called the crust, and we’re walking on it right now.”
“NO Mommy! We’re inside the Earth and space is above it!”
“Space is way above the Earth, but we are on top of it too, just a lot closer. If we were inside the Earth, we wouldn’t be able to see the stars and sun or the sky.”
This is when the “whining cry voice” spits out the words, as he rebels against what he believes to be true.
“No Mommy, you’re wrong. Space is way above the earth and we live inside it. See?” (points to photo of Earth taken from space)“You can’t see the houses.”
I am off in search of a good aerial photo to get my point across before the Balrog and goblins come after us.
In other science news, I need an audio recording of his “where babies” come from explanation – something I cannot correct at this age without showing him graphic detail.
Now I know why parents rely on The Stork.
How do you explain complicated scientific matters to preschoolers? Lie? Avoid the question? Find a video on YouTube?