Later in the day, we had a visit from a Sally’s grandpa, Dr. Guillermo Godoy (aka “Momo”). He brought the class a telescope he’d gifted to Sally and Marley, and which they offered to lend to the class for our space exploration. He also pledged to bring us a larger telescope once we get the hand of the small one.
The visit with Momo was great fun. To introduce himself, he explained that he is a doctor, but wanted to be a fireman when he was a young. He asked asked the children what they wanted to be when they grew up:
Grace: What I want to do when I grow up is teach kids.
Sally: I want to be a veterinarian.
Margaret: My au pair is a vegetarian!
Louise: I want to be a doctor.
Austin: I want to be a football player.
Jossie: I want to be a mom.
Jack: I want to be a soccer goalie and a baseball player.
Sam: I want to study dinosaurs and sharks.
Rowan: I want to study bugs when I grow up.
Lou Lou and Leigh also wanted to teach children, and Charlie and Elle didn’t know yet what they wanted to be. It was a great start to a rollicking conversation. The children ad lots of great questions and observation about the climate in Guatemala, about volcanoes, about snowflakes, and of course about space.
Momo shared some photos taken bu the Hubble telescope, and explained that the bright objects that look like stars are actually whole galaxies, that considering the vastness of it all, we on earth are “a tiny speck in the universe.”
We talked about our solar system and all of the planets orbiting the sun, how the moon is different from a the sun, how the moon was formed, and what exactly is the milky way. The children had lots of theories and knowledge they wanted to share with Mom, and they had a few new questions as well. Jossie wondered, “How does the telescope help you see things if you can’t see them without it?” Austin asked, “How is space made?” Momo left us to ponder on both of these questions. We have lots of research to do.
Thanks to the Lehmans and to the Godoys for making this a very special day—and again, Happy Birthday, Jack!
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.