Homeschooling Topic – Photosynthesis

Yog collected lots of twigs and used Popsicle sticks in the park today. He brought all of them to the car as well.

I casually asked – Yog, what will you do with all this?

Yog: I will burn them.

Me (shocked): You know we should not burn things. It causes pollution

Yog: No Mama! When I burn these, Carbon dioxide will come out. All the plants at our home are hungry. They need to eat carbon dioxide as their food. I am going to make food for them by burning these.

Me silent for a moment. It takes time for my aged mind to process such arguments.

Me coming up with my argument – There is enough carbon dioxide in the air already. We don’t need to make more of it by burning things.

Yog: Mama, but see there are so many plants. They are all dying because there are not getting food. We need to make more carbon dioxide for them.

Me stretching my minds ability – Yog, there are so many humans in this world. We are constantly taking in oxygen and breathing out carbon dioxide, night and day. Don’t worry we are making enough carbon dioxide for the plants to eat.

Yog nodded in silence, his plan for burning the twigs disappearing in front of his eyes. I heaved a sigh of relief. I had won this argument, today. But God only knows, how many more I can win in the coming days. Most days I feel my imagination and knowledge stretched to the limit answering his questions or justifying things to him. I have never used Google so much before in my life. Needless to say, I think I am learning more in the process, than I am teaching him. :d

 

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