We put our heads together to determine the best colours for the Sun.
“It’s hot you will burn up.” He teases as he drops the hot red ball.
“Now this circle is blue and cool to touch.” He holds the ball over his head. “There’s alot of water around Africa.”
“Is it floating?”
“Certainly not.” He moves on with his explanation. “And then this grey circle is the moon. We only have one but some planets have so many.”
“How old did you say you were?”
“I’m 8 on the earth, but I’m 34 on Mercury.” There it is again that teasing smile that says I know stuff.
We have completed our prototype. As he spins the moon around the earth he tells me, “the moon completes one orbit in just under 28 days.”
“Okay, how long does it take the earth to go around the sun?”
I mouth – 3 hundred
I hold up 6 fingers
“Close. How long is one year?”
“I know. It’s 365 days.”
“Yes.” I also know that he is teaching me how to make these science lessons come alive.
So now my friend Micah has the facts as he orbits around our classroom/ workroom.
“You sure you aren’t really 34?”
He laughs and runs off with legs that didn’t work several months ago.
“Did I mention you hands are going to be famous!!!” I call out from the porch.
“Yes, I know.” He calls over his shoulder.
I can’t smile enough at the joy that radiates as children learn and thrive in East Africa.