Science Lessons

This past month Emma has been having Skype calls with Dr. C. (PhD in bio-chemistry) Dr. C has been giving Emma science lessons three to four times a week and so far he’s covered cells, cell division, cell mutation, genetics, chromosomes, DNA, nutrition, ecological footprints, world population and so much more.  As we are now homeschooling having people like Dr. C., who volunteered to teach Emma science, has been invaluable. 

 Emma typed the other day that I should put some of the things she’s been learning on the blog.  I haven’t asked Dr. C permission so I cannot write more about their sessions other than to say they’ve been incredible.  Dr. C is a great teacher, is brilliant, passionate and has a great sense of humor.  What follows are two exchanges Emma recently had with him that were particularly great.

Regarding chromosomes:

Dr. C:  One pair is the sex chromosome and you, Emma, have two X chromosomes, while your brother, N. has one X and one Y.
Emma:  Poor N.

Regarding genetics:

Dr. C:  A brown haired mother mates with a blond haired father.  All of their children have brown hair, why is this?
Emma:  Dominant genes do not pay attention to prevailing standards of beauty.

August, 2014

August, 2014

 

21 responses to “Science Lessons

  1. She’s so witty. Love it!

  2. Lovely! Good luck on your fabulous learning journey, Emma! I am almost luminous green with envy!

    • I tell you, it has been so wonderful. And Dr. C. is the teacher I wish I’d had when I was young. I HATED science and now I am finding it absolutely wonderful and cannot wait for Emma’s next lesson!

      • Fabulous! I am so excited for Emma. I loved science because my father (also on autistic spectrum) was my mentor in the early years, but unfortunately, I was forced into mainstream education and that completely ruined my learning journey. Ariane, you are doing wonders for Emma, and I know she is well on her way to realising and developing her great potentials. That is all we dream of, really, whether on the spectrum or not! Bravo, Emma, science is a beautiful field of sheer wonderment, I know you both will enjoy every moment.

        • Thank you so much! I have hated science since I was in the 4th grade. It never got better from there and in high school biology I was threatened with getting a D unless I turned things around. I believe I ended up with a C. My mother is a scientist and two of my brothers are as well. All PhD’s in their given fields. I decided I wasn’t capable and that was the end of it. But now. Now I find it absolutely and utterly fascinating and am loving these sessions. Whenever Dr. C. asks Emma if she understands what he’s just said, or asks her review questions, she is usually able to answer him in the affirmative or correctly, while I usually have about a hundred follow up questions!

  3. So smart and funny Emma!

  4. Emma…budding scientist, accomplished wit.

  5. Yes, I agree with Richard!

  6. Wow! Great educational adventure and what a great way to learn from an expert in the field. Emma, I do miss you. You are truly a gifted child with humor I might add. Enjoy the rest of your summer.

  7. OMG WHAT a pleasure! She has such a way with words! LOVE it!

  8. gosh that girl is a genius ❤ So amazing to have that Dr. to offer his services! What a blessing 🙂

  9. I didn’t much care about science in school. I think if I sat in on Emma’s science sessions, I might like science quite a bit more though. Between Dr. C and Emma’s wit, I would stay interested and entertained! 🙂 Glad things are going so well!

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