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July 11th, 2007, 04:01 PM
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Eathan watched Finding Nemo today and wants to know about volcanos. I thought ok, lets just make a volcano and "play" with it. Is that really enough or should I really go into the layers of the earth and "why" it erupts? I googled it to see what kind of ideas were out there and it was basically way more in depth than I would ever want to go at his age or that he could comprehend at his age. I don't want to just make a "cone" and have it erupt and him say it's a volcano and have NO clue what they are or where they are, etc. Am I making any sense here? Ok, what do ya'll think???

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July 11th, 2007, 04:06 PM
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Don't go overboard! Just make the volcano and erupt it. Just talk about how it's magma inside the volcano and lava on the outside and how incredibly hot it is. Maybe mention that lava makes igneous rock just to expose him to the term. Just remember he is not quite 4 and will be exposed to volcanos over and over in the coming years. If he's really interested read a couple books or watch a video on volcanos. Sometimes a kid will show an interest in something and we end up going overboard and killing the interest. He'll let you know if he needs more or not. Start with just talking and erupting and move on if he wants more information.

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July 11th, 2007, 04:06 PM
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Can you make all that in depth stuff into a few basic bullet points? Otherwise I would just say that it's presure, like if you squish a balloon enough it will pop.

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July 11th, 2007, 04:19 PM
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That's what I was trying to do, but I didn't know if that would be enough. I was trying to find a good middle ground and couldn't so I needed to ask the experts.

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