Monday, February 26, 2007

Teach? Moi?

Lyddie: Where does the sun go at night time?

Me: Ooh I know this one... Right. To explain this we need a roundish yellow thing. Yup, that balloon will do.. And a little round blue thing.. A poker die? Well it's kind of square isn't it? Never mind, we'll pretend it's round. And blue.

Me: OK now, you see this little diamond on the die? Pretend that's our whole country. And the die is our whole planet, which goes around the sun once a year, like this.. and turns around itself once a day, like this.

Me: Now. Watch carefully. In the daytime we face the sun, like this, and at night-time we turn away from the sun, which is why it goes dark. Then next day we face it again, so we're in daylight again. See? So you tell me, where did the sun go?

Lyddie: *Looking out of window* Behind a cloud?

Me: Nooo, look. We're pretending the sun is this balloon. Watch again - keep your eye on it as the little diamond goes from day... to night.... And where did the sun go?

Lyddie: Into the sunset?

Me: OK watch the balloon very closely. The balloon is the sun. The diamond turns away from it and where does the sun-balloon go?

Lyddie: It's hiding?

Me: No, look, it hasn't gone anywhere. The balloon is still here, in front of your face, isn't it? It was the diamond on the die that moved, not the balloon.. Oh never mind. I'm not explaining it very well, probably. *Gives up and puts them both down*.

Lyddie: So where does the sun go?

Me: Nowhere really, it's us that's moving away from it. It's not actually moving.

Lyddie: *Looks at floor* Neither are we.

Me: Well....

Lyddie: Let's make some soup.

Me: Yes, let's.


Blogger Tim said...

Maybe you need one of these:-

Fixed Earth

Flat Earth

2:04 pm, February 26, 2007  
Blogger Sue said...

I love it!

We had conversations like this more times than I can remember... but the odd thing is, they DO pick up the gist of what you say, and then come out with it sometimes months later.

2:05 pm, February 26, 2007  
Blogger Louise said...

Fab stuff, I can just imagine that scenario ;o)

4:10 pm, February 26, 2007  
Blogger Gill said...

OMG the Flat Earth Society still exists! I was amazed by that in the 80s and it's still going strong. Tim maybe we should start a Mouse-ordered Earth Society with our furry friends, à la Hitchhikers? ^^

Hi Sue - I hope she got the gist, but if so she hid it well!

Lou, yup, fairly typical around here.

8:25 pm, February 26, 2007  
Blogger Tim said...

Of course the Flat Earth Society still exists.....

...the truth is out there. :-|

10:38 pm, February 26, 2007  
Blogger Tim said...

Mind you, looking at the pic, you ought to found your own cube earth soc. :-)

11:02 pm, February 26, 2007  
Blogger Gill said...

It could be a cube.. y'know, it has pointy bits..

11:06 pm, February 26, 2007  
Blogger Rosie said...

Yes, I think I've tried doing that one (usually whilst driving!) and they just look baffled, mainly. We've been in touch with some people in Australia tonight and I had to explain that they would be still in bed as it would be tomorrow morning there (more baffling, but they seemed to accept this one as a fact when I showed them the time zone website)

11:04 pm, February 28, 2007  

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