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Too Young for Science Fiction? That’s Highly Illogical!!

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My never ending search for good quality science-fiction and fantasy materials to explore with my kids continues. I often find this to be a giant gap area in young children’s literature, Pinterest activity boards, and preschool science curriculum.

Is it too much to hope for high quality kids stuff about alien planets… time travel… future societies… robot invasions… wormholes…

Where is all the science fiction to enjoy and devour in tandem with the science fact? I want the SCIENCE FICTION METHOD.

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MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT PRESCHOOLERS AND SCIENCE FICTION

1. Young kids are more interested in learning about the world around them, not fantasy
I call this the Montessori myth, which no offense to the teaching method, but there is this notion that kids long to be “miniature adults”. Only that seems to just apply to using tools, cleaning supplies, cooking, and daddy’s iPhone.

Somehow this interest in being a mini-you ends there and does not extend into all the science fiction movies, comics, books, and characters you potentially geek out on. No way!

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2. All adults really want is the head nod to science fiction characters they like
The Pixar effect. We are spoiled by shows and movies that give the adults a “head nod” while entertaining the kids. And that is great, but sometimes I think this leads to the plush-ification of Science Fiction without truly making age appropriate Science Fiction content.

Do we need a 3 year old version of Star Wars? Maybe. But I think if we are going to do that, then it should actually tell the story in a simple storybook form, rather than bringing the characters into  a world of bedtime stories, ice cream, and toy stores.

3. A basic understanding of science is needed first

4. Science fiction and fantasy in and of themselves are not educational

I disagree strongly on the last two counts. They are related. 

As we continue to delay the introduction of science education in America as other cultures move it into daily elementary school classrooms, I’m equally afraid that people don’t feel empowered to talk about science fiction with their kids prior to their “tweens”.

Can’t growing an interest in science fiction and fantasy jettison conversations about the details of science fact?

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Why do we teach kids the planets in our solar system without talking about what life would have to be like to be on them?

Why not let kids pretending to be superheroes know more about the physics, anatomy, and basic evolution of their favorite heroes?

And I’m still convinced that no preschool history lesson can be complete without some imaginative play around time travel?

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While my husband craves a less family-friendly version of Doctor Who, I crave actually want the equivalent of Muppet babies and a TARDIS…

IT’LL HAPPEN, MARK MY WORDS, BUT IN THE MEANTIME…

I am just going to keep on making my own crazy junior science-fiction content, and stay on the lookout for really good books, TV shows, movies, and websites. There are enough other geeky parents out there that soon I am sure I will be inundated with options.

Here are some of my favorites (PLEASE SHARE YOURS):

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Daycare has started sending me digital updates through out the day. So painful, I want to nap and snuggle with that way more than my client meeting!!

Daycare has started sending me digital updates through out the day. So painful, I want to nap and snuggle with that way more than my client meeting!!

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He could battle a coyote, right? Because we seriously don’t want any reason to not build a kickass treehouse in our critter-filled woods.

He could battle a coyote, right? Because we seriously don’t want any reason to not build a kickass treehouse in our critter-filled woods.

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Irrational Late Night Googlings…

Oh me? Yeah, I’m just investigating the likelihood that the giant coyote I saw in the woods on Saturday might eat my children.

Between the possum in our garage. The giant snake demonstrating its frog devouring skills on our front steps. The turkey-bird-vulture-monster that chased my husband out of our woods. And the coyote that ran through on Saturday, it feels like the critters are trying to send us a strong message.

We own this land. We are watching you.

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Day in the dirt… It’s good for the soul

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If Easter was everyday, you know what, that would be so thought poking…
Simon, contemplating deeply.

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Our Easter Bunny got kidnapped by Bunny Pirates!! So our little pirates had to take their swords and win him back, collecting lots of treasure along the way.

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Hey mommy, the bone in my penis is awake!
Simon… So that’s how my Easter morning started. I guess that’s close enough to a “resurrection”

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More DIY projects in the woods = balance beam edition.

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Every day we spend in the woods, we end up finding new ways to use what we’ve got to create exciting things.

So… Looking like we don’t need a playscape after all. Just some handles and scrap wood.