Happy Birthday to Leonard Nimoy! March 26 marks the celebration of his 82nd birthday. In most households Leonard Nimoy represents the Vulcan race in Star Trek The Original Series, but most people born after 1975 might be unaware of his other accomplishments as an author, photographer, and director.
After reading “I am Spock” and following the two voices in the book, one being Spock’s and the other Leonard Nimoy’s, I found myself mixing the 2 voices in writing this post.
“Poetry by my Favorite Vulcan, Leonard Nimoy”
How would a poem by a Vulcan sound? I believe it would read like an instruction manual that rhymes.
If you are not able to insert the cable
Into port Y, Failure to comply
Will result in damage to the wire harness
Jeopardizing your product and resulting in a mess
Thus voiding your warranty
And giving you no satisfaction in your guarantee.
Collaborated by Ron, Stacey and Kyle Lane
- If you have a child who loves to read instruction manuals, have them try to rhyme some of the lines. (Yes I do have boys at my house who love to read instruction manuals)
- I do believe my Vulcan friend would be in agreement with poems about science. Check out this great website on science poems. Take turns reading them out loud. I have already printed some for our chemistry lessons.
- My favorite poem written by Leonard Nimoy, I guess I am Just an Old-Fashioned Spaceman
Rocket Ships are exciting
But so are roses on a birthday
Computers are exciting
But so is a sunset
Will never replace Love
Sometimes I wonder
Where I belong
In the future or In the past
I guess I’m just an old-fashioned Spacemen
- Great time to discuss oxymoron in writing. Try writing a poem with different combinations of oxymoron words. If you really want to get your boys attention start your poem with “A Good Smelling Fart” or “Exotic American Cheese.”
- For an added bonus with instructional manual writing, try translating your manual into another language.
“Photography by my Favorite Vulcan, Leonard Nimoy”
What kind of photos would a Vulcan take? I believe only photos for documenting scientific discoveries, although I think I could logically convince my Vulcan friend of the importance of documenting events for historical purposes.
- Have kids photograph the steps of their next science experiment.
- Research the chemistry involved in the developing of film.
- Document “A Day in the Life of (Insert your name). Its amazing what kids find important to photograph about the world around them.
“Star Trek Episode by my Favorite Vulcan, Leonard Nimory”
If you have not watched Star Trek The Original Series, may I suggest the episode on “The Tribbles.”
There are 3 lessons to engage kids with this episode.
- Pretend you are a biologist and you have just discovered this new animal called the Tribble; write down your observations.
- If you have kids eventually the talk of pets will come up. I think this episode is a great example of what happens when you get a pet without knowing what it eats, how to take care of it, or how they procreate.
- There is a scene in the episode where the members of Enterprise get into a fight with the Klingons. The interesting thing is the Chief Engineer of the Enterprise didn’t mind the Klingons insulting the Captain but when they describe the ship as garbage a fight breaks out. Great time to discuss what things upset you and how to handle that. I remember when my youngest son at the age of 2 could only say 4 words and one of them was baby. When he called my oldest son “baby” a fist fight happened every time.
My friend Amy, at Milk and Cookies, has written a post on Homeschooling with Star Trek, if you are looking for the Trekkie fun to continue.
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