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Science Kids on the Loose

Science Kids on the Loose

Peeking Back: Irreversible Change

As I sat down to write this week’s blog, I realized that I had reached a milestone of sorts. I have been writing this blog about my kids and Sid the Science Kid for a year! On one hand, it’s hard to believe because the year seems to have sped past, full of fun, investigations, and family moments. On the other hand, as I look back on all of our experiments and learning, I am proud of what I have experienced with my kids. On a weekly basis I plan and follow through on a purposeful science-based activity with one or both of my boys. Sometimes the investigation involves materials, preplanning, and background knowledge. Other times, I find myself in the middle of science activity without even realizing how I got there. A great metaphor for life with preschoolers!
I had to smile when I saw that this week’s cycle on Sid the Science Kid is Transformation and Change. Life has a funny way of reminding you exactly where you should be sometimes. One of my first blogs was about this cycle. Leo and I made applesauce and learned that heat changes raw apples to mush. Once the apple is heated it cannot go back to being crunchy: irreversible change. Leo was still a young 3 and I was afraid of letting him play with a plastic knife. As a mom, I learned about letting go of control in our investigation and allowing Leo to be more hands on in the kitchen. I am still working on that, but as I peek back at my relationship with Leo from a year ago, I see that a lot has changed. All of it is good, and for the most part irreversible.
For one thing, Leo is much more mature, verbal, and independent. He is able to understand concepts through his own explorations and makes his own hypotheses. He even uses the word “hypothesis.” This year Leo is at school three mornings a week instead of two, and I am acutely aware that this time next year he will be in Kindergarten.
As we drove home from an errand yesterday, I asked Leo if he remembered making applesauce with me last fall. After a quiet moment, he said “No.” Immediately, I was disappointed. It had been such a special activity for me.
Then I asked: “Leo, how do you change an apple into applesauce?”
“You make it hot, Mama”
“Can you change the applesauce back into a crunchy apple again?”
“No way!” he said vehemently.
“Do you know what that is called?” I was hoping he remembered.
“Irreversible change,” I answered. “We learned that on Sid the Science Kid!”
Leo repeated the word a couple of times and I am hoping it sticks. What did stick was the concept and that makes me happy. I can keep working on the vocabulary. Preschoolers love to repeat familiar activities and so it is time for Leo and I to make applesauce again. Today we are headed to the farm for his very first preschool fieldtrip. And even though we’ve been to that very same farm about 10 times in the past few months, I know he will learn something new today.
I hope you will keep visiting my blog as Leo, Henry and I continue to learn and grow with Sid the Science Kid. I will be adding a new feature once a month where I will be conducting experiments with Leo and his classmates in preschool. It should be lots of fun!
Do you have any fun Sid memories to share? How has your preschooler changed as he or she grows and learns about science?

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