This week, The Eight-Year-Old reads The Johnstown Flood by Rebecca Johnson, The Kingfisher Dinosaur Encyclopedia by Michael Benton, and The New Way Things Work by David Macauley and Neil Ardley.
Our mostly-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Eight-Year-Old’s desk. This week, The Eight-Year-Old begins an artful campaign to make a pilgrimage to Dedham, Massachusetts.
Here at Caterpickles Central, we believe that everyone in the family works together to keep our household functioning without expecting any particular compensation beyond having clean silverware to eat with, the ability to walk through the house without tripping, and clean clothes to wear.
So when we decided four years ago that The (then) Four-Year-Old was old enough to receive an allowance, we didn’t ask her to do any chores around the house to earn it. Instead, we decided to use the allowance simply to teach her how to manage money.
The Eight-Year-Old wandered into the kitchen the other day while I was prepping a blueberry and spinach smoothie. While watching me stuff the blender with spinach and almond milk, she asked, “Mommyo, if you ate only spinach, how much spinach would you have to eat to maintain your weight?”
This week, the 8 year old reads every Horrible Harry book on her teacher’s bookshelf, except one.
For Parent’s Night, the teacher had The Eight-Year-Old and her classmates fill out a cloud describing what they hoped to learn in third grade. The Eight-Year-Old wrote:…
I knew walking in to Dr. Paul Sereno’s Fossil Lab at the University of Chicago last Tuesday that I’d see a ton of dinosaur bones (perhaps even literally). But what I didn’t expect to see were the human remains and bits of pottery that were scattered about as well. Seeing all that non-dinosaur stuff prompted a question: “What do paleontologists do with all the things they find that they weren’t actually looking for?”
This week, The Eight-Year-Old and I got to meet world-famous paleontologist, Dr. Paul Sereno. After three years of hunting for the answer to my daughter’s question about whether or not dinosaurs had belly buttons, I was finally in a paleontology lab with both a world-famous paleontologist and a dinosaur mummy. I bet you can guess what happened next.
On a recent visit to the Boston Museum of Science, my daughter asked “Did dinosaurs have belly buttons?” We did our best to find out, using the evidence available to us at the time.
Our mostly-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Eight-Year-Old’s desk. This week, The Eight-Year-Old boards Howl’s Moving Castle, travels by airship in The Journals of Thaddeaus Shockpocket, and provides friendly encouragement to Kenneth Graham’s Reluctant Dragon.