Norah (4yrs) has been fascinated with “hypothesis” lately. She is ever performing science experiments. A few days ago, she was rolling objects down the back of the couch to see which hit the cushion first. And Sunday, she made a pulley using rope and a door knob to lift her stuffed monkey. She spontaneously turned her rice crackers into moon phases.
Recently regarding the mouse on her laptop (yes, she has a laptop–it was one we had retired):
Norah: Daddy, my mouse won’t work.
Scott: Well, let’s see. Hmmm…it looks like someone cut the cord (!). With scissors? Norah, did you cut your mouse with scissors?
Norah: No. It just stopped working.
Scott: You didn’t cut it with scissors?
Norah: Well, actually. Yes.
Scott: Why did you lie?
Norah: Because that is what I do.
Later she told me she had simply wanted to see what would happen. All the while I thought she didn’t know what “hypothesis” even meant.
Norah: Mom, a hypothesis is an idea we can test.
Hmm…maybe instead of homeschooling, I should just let her watch “Sid the Science Kid” all day long. And hide the scissors.