Parents paid a lot of attention to their children's education. There was a joiner's bench, lathe with a complete set of tools and book-binding press in their father's study. Children gathered minerals for collection, made experiments on Physics and Chemistry. Parents organized a domestic chemical laboratory for them.
There were A.P.Nechayev's books on nature and natural-science experiments in their home library. Vyacheslav, Zhenya's brother, wrote that Zhenya had read the book "Chudesa bez Chudes" (Wonders without Wonders) by A.P.Nechayev and reproduced independently almost all the experiments described there:
"According to the pictures in the book Zhenya made an electrostatic machine and two Leyden jars from bottles and demonstrated huge sparks in the darkness".