When I was in school, my brain was not a science brain.
Hell, even now - my brain is not a science brain.
One of the many reasons I did not choose to homeschool was my lack of scientific knowledge - and well, let's be fair, math as well. I just did not feel competent to teach kids in those areas. And yes, I know that there are curriculum choices and extra classes and homeschooling just wasn't a good fit for me.
I've been lucky - my kids attended a great elementary/middle school that met their needs and turned them out, at least the older three who have already graduated from there, as good students, well rounded and knowledgable in just about every subject. No one had a real fondness for science, though. It was just a class, another core subject, something to check off in the box once high school began - Earth Science, yes, Biology, yes, ok, my science requirements are completed.
One of my current shorties has evolved into a science geek, a genius, a shining example of everything that Mom does not know. It's been interesting and illuminating to me, and I can thank, in a very large part, the teachers that this kid has had over the past two years.
Raising a science geek is as foreign to me as becoming the mom of a boy after growing up with all sisters.
I'm trying to do the things that encourage discussion and education - tv shows, online work, magazines, books, video, independent research - and I've been constantly and honestly amazed at the stuff this kid comes up with. (And, hello, I know this kid reads here - I think you probably have some homework to do...) This kid's interest is a two fold scientific/tech focus, which makes for some really interesting and thought provoking discussions. And really illustrates to me how much I don't know.
Do you know a kid with a scientific bent? How do you encourage that child? Any resources, on or off line, that you recommend?
I received an email last night, letting me know that my recent posts have been a downer and that it's tiring to read that I'm overwhelmed and I chose this life, so deal with it and move on. I'm really sorry if that is anyone else's feeling. I have been in a bad place lately, for some reasons that I cannot go into here on this blog because they affect other people involved. I buried two people close to me in the past 8 months. Two people for whom I physically cared for, in once case 100% - and I have often felt like if only I'd done more, been better - the outcome would have been better. Guilt, man. Guilt.
I'm not the person I was a year ago, and I don't know that I will ever be that person again.
I despise blogs that are rainbow colored trips into unicorn land, and I have always been really honest here. I'm really sorry if this blog has become a place that is tiring and exhausting, a place where I vent and process stuff, share my emotions and feelings. February has always been tough for me and I probably shared that a bit more than I should have - but this blog is my safe spot.
But it is March now, and even though we have a couple of inches of snow and ice - and the kids are out of school again - and Lent begins tomorrow - spring is on it's way. Warm weather, the ability to go outside without a coat and to feel the warm air, go to the beach, the pool, or just sit outside and feel the sun on my face -