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Laura - Mom to ds (10) and dd (7) "Time stands still best in moments that look suspiciously like ordinary life." Brian Andreas.
My son is an extremely visual-spacial learner. An example: last week he asked me how the winter turns into spring. I said "I can't explain it (with words), I will show you." I took a scrap of paper, drew a circle in the center and said "this is the sun." Then I drew a smaller circle and said "this is the earth." Then I drew an elliptical shape around the sun. Without a second to even explain, my son immediately pointed at the furthest end of the ellipse and said "this is winter." I said "yes".
That's not why or when seasons are. The earth is actually closest to the sun in the northern hemisphere's winter (but not really by much- earth's orbit is nearly circular). Considering that when it is winter in the northern hemisphere it is summer in the southern, the "furthest part would be the coldest, and therefore winter" explanation really doesn't make sense.
It's actually the tilt of the Earth's axis with respect to the sun which gives the temperature changes we experience...