Discussion by: Eric Wojciechowski
A couple weeks ago, my five-year-old daughter asked to hear the story of the big rock that fell out of the sky. And when I told her that sixty-five-million-years-ago, it came crashing down into the Yucatan, causing fires followed by extreme cold, killing the dinosaurs, she erupted into a big cry that took my wife ten minutes to settle. My daughter was very concerned as to whether or not we had a smoke alarm in the house. So to Bert Cappelle who posted that his child is distressed about a dying sun, I understand.
I've spent a better part of the afternoon perusing the archives and discussions but haven't found quite what I'm looking for. Perhaps I overlooked it so if this discussion is going on elsewhere, feel free to point out the link. With that said, I have a five and seven-year-old. Both have been asking the orgin questions. I am having a difficult time getting them to understand these adult concepts (Evolution, Big Bang, ELEs, etc) with my adult words. I'm afraid I am not a good communicator of such things to the kids.
Now I've watched the video that Phillip Dettmer directed (http://www.www.richarddawkins.net/discussions/2013/8/22/video-about-evolution-for-children#) but feel it's above their heads. That video, while of good quality, is still using words and concepts my kids can't grasp. This is due to their age.
While other discussions here have dwelt on how to discuss religion to kids, I'm more interested in how to discuss the Origin questions. When my daughter asks, "Who made the first grass?", I need a ten second answer on her level. What I seek is assistance. Any reading material for a five or seven-year-old would be helpful.
Thank you all in advance,