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Rock Hunting

Saturday, May 06, 2006
rock field guide


Q is always out in the yard looking at rocks she has dug up, asking me questions about this or that aspect of the rock. I can answer some of the questions but never really help ID the rock.

One day we were cruising a bookstore and she requested that we buy a rock field guide. This is a great one, called Collins wild guide "Rock and Minerals" by the Smithsonian.

Now she brings the rocks inside and tries to figure out what she has. Its still a challenge!

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  • I love looking for rocks too! I used to have a huge amount of crystals, but an ex has them now.

    How far are you from Herkimer, NY? You could take her there to mine Herkimer crytals. They are beautiful. Very clear. I haven't been there, but good friend of mine used to go. I always wanted to go. I mined garnets in a river bed once. That was kind of fun. When I lived in NM I used to find arrowheads - that was great!

    My oldest is at the age where every rock he finds is the greatest treasure. It is so neat to see him excited like that.

    By Blogger Melissa, at 9:38 AM  
  • Hello!

    I am really enjoying reading your blog. It is beautiful! ad you have a lot of information. I can see I will be spending some time here.

    I just started my own blog about homeschooling my gifted daughter http://graysacademy.blogspot.com/

    If you check it out let me know what you think.

    thanks
    Cher Mere

    By Blogger Cher Mere, at 11:47 AM  
  • Thanks for both of your comments!

    I was running a contest on my other blog so I have been swamped!

    Cher - will check out your site!

    Melissa - kids and rocks are a kewl mix. (well, except for when they throw them :-)) I have never heard of Herkimer.. will check it out!!

    I have never mined gems.

    When I lived in Alaska one summer I took a trip up to the arctic circle, past the circle marker to this stream and got out my gold panning pan and found lots of mica :-) I did it mostly so I could say I panned for gold north of the circle! The bugs almost carried me away!

    By Blogger nika, at 8:49 AM  
  • It is funny that your child Q likes rocks. So does my son, Ainan. This interest of his first showed itself when he was eight months old and we took him on holiday to Langkawi, Malaysia - which is no more than about an hour's flight from Singapore, where we are. It is an island, surrounded by other smaller islands, fairly near Thailand. A beautiful place - all beaches and jungle.

    Anyway, we took him to the beach and he busied himself inspecting the shells and stones he found there. He walked up and down the beach, picking up shells and pebbles that he found particularly attractive. So preoccupied did he become with this, that he didn't want to leave the beach: we had to drag him and his collection of rocks and shells, with us.

    From your tale of Q, perhaps other gifted children share his interest in the geological world.

    Kind regards

    By Blogger Valentine Cawley, at 10:55 AM  
  • Valentine: Sounds like an amazing kid! Took a peek at your blog and it sounds like amazing typifies the entire family!

    I too have the issues you have around having a too large phase space for competence. Being gifted and a prodigy is confusing to a child and adult in a world where niche = success. I too am a scientist but have always had to deal with external "tensions" between my scientific curious gifts and my artistic gifts (to me curiosity enables both.. intense focused curiosity.. to ask questions that stand on their own and also toask questions that lead to other questions).

    If I didnt have to think about making money my life would have been MUCH less stressful.. I am trying to make it less so now and in the future but I have not found that money-tree. :-)

    glad to meet you!

    By Blogger nika, at 11:08 AM  
  • Thanks Nika for your kind comments on my blog. I have just found your reply...

    I must say that being both artist and scientist is a great blessing - whatever tensions it might exert upon you - for it leaves you with a much more complete understanding of the world than those who are more polarized possess. So, I would say enjoy your multiplicity - and that of your children.

    Best wishes

    By Blogger Valentine Cawley, at 2:32 PM  
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