BJ is making noises about changing his idea for his Halloween costume. Today he said he wants to be "the camping girl from Unpack Your Adjectives."
Granted, I'm still stymied by the middle part of the Interplanet Janet costume he requested earlier (rocket fins on a t-shirt is my best thought so far). So "camping girl" would be a much easier costume to achieve. We have boots, shorts, and hat. Easy peasy to get a backpack and put inside some words on paper: "frustrating, worst, foggy, soggy...." he's all but memorized the list of adjectives used in the song. But I have to say, on the coolness factor alone, I'm tempted to try convincing him to go back to Janet.
In related news, BB has amped up her interest in "The Shot Heard 'Round The World." I admit I'm still rather puzzled by how much she adores this song. Happily, after many vehement objections every time she asked to hear it, BJ has suddenly decided to like the song -- "I changed my mind, Mommy!" (If only every alteration of opinion was so easily achieved!) I think the appeal has much to do with the fact that the song mentions "Delaware," which is where my folks live and where I grew up. So, unlike many other California kids, my own children actually have some connection to the second-smallest state!
We shall see. He was drawing a picture of IPJ when I picked him up from preschool today, so he's not forsaken her entirely.
It's pretty danged cute to hear BB shrieking, "One night they crossed the Delaware! And surprised the Hessians in their lair!"
And even cuter to hear her playing with the song thus, as she teased her father: "One night they crossed the Delaware, and poked the Daddy in the hair!!!" (With accompanying poke, naturally.)
Yep, it doesn't take a genius to figure out we've been listening to (and watching) a fair amount of Schoolhouse Rock ....
And as a result, we've been talking about:
- parts of speech (adjectives, adverbs, pronouns)
- the Revolutionary War (with sub-discussions on guns and gun safety, military tactics, and the Hessians -- try explaining that one to a two-year-old!)
- Newton and the law of gravity
- electricity and conservation
- multiculturalism, liberty, and the legislative process
Have to hand it to them: the songs really do have a knack for getting the kids excited about stuff! And even if my 2 and 4 year olds don't fully understand everything (and they don't) I can't help but think that they are laying a good foundation. Plus, they are fun and have a good shot of nostalgic appeal for me and S. It's always a plus when the parents enjoy listening to the kids' music!
In my opinion, the purely factual songs (Grammar Rock, Multiplication Rock, and Science Rock) have held up a bit better than the ones infused with ideology -- patriotic or otherwise. There's no doubt that "America Rock" takes a heckuvalot more explaining than the other sections! And, like S, I admit that I get a little choked up when I hear the song "Suffering 'til Sufferage," both because of the content and because I get to thinking about how hard it will be to explain (truly explain) what's going on in this song. I think I'd rather try explaining the Hessians again to my daughter than face the question of why women, less than 100 years ago, weren't allowed to vote!