On a recent summer evening, my husband and I headed up to the beach to watch the full moon rise. Moonrise was scheduled for 9:05pm, and we were a few minutes late. As a beautiful strawberry moon emerged from the clouds in the darkening horizon over the Atlantic Ocean, we stood gazing from the boardwalk. The moon had not yet fully appeared, and the sky around it was tinged with red.
A young adult man and his female companion were walking by and stopped to see the reason for our eastward attention. With a puzzled, slightly worried expression, he asked, "Excuse me, but you can you please tell me what all that red stuff in the sky is?"
Several minutes later, at about 9:20pm, the moon had risen in all it's rosy glory, and three young men on bicycles rode by, and I overheard: "Hey, dude! Check out the sun!" "So what. That's no big deal. I see that all the time." "C'mon, let's go."
|Photo by David Saddler|
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"Common knowledge" exists only between people with common experiences. In working with children, we cannot assume that anything is "common" knowledge.
If we share nonfiction books and make the natural world a source of interest and wonder, then we will have done a great deal in educating children and making the world a better place.