25th Feb 2018 – dinosaurs and earthquakes

At the park, W had a random thought about earthquakes and asked why they happen. She has seen a section on earthquakes in an encyclopedia recently, but wanted to know more about them. I gave her an explanation of how and why they happen, without props (W often asks questions of this nature while we are out and don’t have immediate access to resources). She also wanted to know why they don’t happen in the UK (on a big scale) and how earthquakes cause buildings to fall down and why some stay up. We had a long chat about it and later found a lot of info in books and online at home. She asked me to go over it a few times, so that she could fully understand the concept of tectonic plates etc.

I think a visit to the Natural History Museum¬†is needed soon so that we can research dinosaurs and tectonic plates there….

On another day, we continued the theme of natural disasters, with W asking about floods: why they happen and how they happen. She wanted to know specifically why places in Yorkshire flooded so badly a couple of years ago and London did not. We talked about flood defenses, rivers, hills and weather factors also. There were a couple of Youtube Kids videos available on the subject, so we spent some time looking at those too.

So, after we had pretty much exhausted that subject, W asked, “But where does rain come from?” She used to love talking about rain and the water cycle when she was two and three years old. I remember her telling me that water goes up into the air from the sea and goes into clouds and then comes over the land and falls as rain when she was very little. So now, she needs a little more in-depth knowledge about it, so we set about finding out.

We went to our local library to find books. The library is in a beautiful old manor house. We spent some time looking at the ornate ceilings and reading the information about the building and the family that owned it many years ago.

Again, much of this week was taken up by the house move and the admin involved in that too. There has been a lot of imaginative and free play for W, and also, plenty of running about squealing in the very-slightly-bigger-than-the-last-place house!