Just in case you had too much free time

My 4, 6, and 8 year olds all have Leapsters, which they love to pieces. I love them to now that I have an ac adapter and a ton of rechargeable batteries.

We all wish that they would hurry up and make more cartridges for them. I think we already own all of them. Do you hear me Leapster people?!?!

One of the cartridges that they have is School House Rock, America! Which has the famous I Am a Bill, video, that most of us who grew up in the 70’s can probably remember clearly.

I was telling my children about the schoolhouse rock videos and how we would watch them during our weekend morning cartoons. I swear sometimes it is like we aren’t speaking the same language.

“What? Cartoons were only on during the weekends?”

“Why didn’t you tape them?”

“If you didn’t have a dvr couldn’t you just have tivo’d it?”

“What do you mean your telephone had a cord and you had to stand up while talking on the phone? How did you bring it in your car?”

Oh boy, and we thought our parents generation was living in the Dark Ages with their radio shows and lack of MTV. Funny how it turns out we grew up just a short sidestep from that backward era. So quaint. So simple. So fashion challenged.

I browsed through youtube and found a bunch of the Schoolhouse Rock videos that teach the multiplication tables, something we are desperately trying to memorize right now.

The Threes:

The Fives:

The Sevens:

The Eights:

Have fun. Enjoy the stroll down memory lane. Don’t forget your cane.

23 Responses to “Just in case you had too much free time”

  1. Wendy Says:

    School House Rock, Rocks.

  2. Roseann Says:

    Well, there goes my morning. thanks a lot!

  3. Trish Says:

    I bought SchoolHouse Rock on DVD (from Amazon).

    For myself. :)

  4. mamabeck Says:

    Yeah, hand me my walker. I left it over there against the wall. ;)

    My dh bought the platinum “Special 30TH Anniversary” DVD edition as a joke. It’s now one of my kids’ favorite DVD’s.

    There’s nothin’ like hearin’ your two year old harmonize (!) with your 9 year old “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, get your adverbs here”, because they know it’s their daddy’s favorite Schoolhouse Rock song! ROFLOLPMP!


  5. Diatribal Says:

    SHR Rocks!!! My MIL thinks that everyone deserves a gag gift at Christmas. One year, she gave her three boys (who are now in their late 20’s early 30’s) SHR Videos!! She thought that the kids would think that it was dumb, but they all loved them!!! If only I had a functioning VCR to play them on….

  6. Pilgrim Mom Says:

    Oh my, the name Schoolhouse Rock brings back such wonderful memories. I am from Singapore, half a world away. When I went to college in the US, I joined an acapella group that did a medley of SHR tunes that always brought the house down….

    “I took a ferry to the Statue of Liberty….”
    “Conjunction Junction, what’s your function….”
    “Elbow room, elbow room, gotta gotta get me some elbow room….”
    “We the people, in order to build a more perfect union….”

    And possibly my favourite: “Interjections show excitement or emotion. They’re generally set apart from a sentence by an exclamation point, or by a comma when the feeling’s not as strong.”

    I always rued the fact that I’ve never actually watched any SHR - until now!!!!

  7. Crisanne Says:

    I was just explaining to my daughter that we didn’t have “cell-a-phones” when I was in high school. She said “Why?” I said “Because they hadn’t been invented yet!”

    It’s such a hard concept for her to grasp.

  8. Brigitte Says:

    My favorites were the one for “six” and one for “electricity”, they really rocked! Now I’ll have to visit youtube, you wench.

  9. Holly Smith Says:

    We have the “Best of Schoolhouse Rock” on DVD now and watch it with our kids. Watch out if you get it, the songs will inevitably stay in your head!

    I thought about getting a Leapster for our almost 4 year old. Is that too young?
    Have a great day!

  10. Holly Smith Says:

    Oh and for the “Interjections” song, my husband got his mouth washed out with Lava soap for saying, “darn” when he was 6 :)

  11. CathyC Says:

    Don’t remember school house rock at all, but everyone is always raving about it. I hope your kids enjoy it!

  12. Melissa Says:

    Hi Chris -
    Love love LOVE reading your blogs! I teach fourth grade, and I have a great cassette tape (wish it was a CD) of multiplication songs that kids can easily memorize. I’d be happy to record it and send it your way if you think that would help! :)

  13. Jen Says:

    How fun! I saw you are a MUS user too ;) I totally remember Conjunction Junction! LOL I think there’s going to be a run on SHR videos and DVD’s now!

  14. Impromptu-Mom Says:

    That “Special 30th Anniversary” DVD is great! It has all of the SHR segments and background info on how they were created. I checked it out of the library, in a fit of nostalgia, and my three year old fell in love. Of course, we had to buy it.

  15. Jon King Says:

    Memories… I can still recite the words to “Conjunction Junction” (what’s your function… picking words and putt’n them together).

    I am so glad they are once again availible… I can play them for my kids and now they get it. I even hear them sing them too (but only when they think I’m not listening).

  16. Sue Says:

    Isn’t amazing what sticks in your head when it’s put to music…..wish someone could do that with algebra lol. It makes me feel kinda dumb when I can’t help my kids with their HS homework. SHR is the Bomb!!!

  17. Jennifer Says:

    Thank you! I don’t know how I could have forgotten these.

  18. t in hd Says:

    My kids have the little FisherPrice rotary phone with the smily face and the string you pull it around with. You know, like the one we used to have made out of wood and paper? My oldest daughter brought it to me one days asked me, “Mom, how do you use a phone like this?” She didn’t know how to dial it! They’ve never seen a real phone like that.

    Remember the days when you never “lost” the phone? It was always in the same place….

  19. Fairly Odd Mother Says:

    My sister-in-law gave me the entire DVD of Schoolhouse Rock for Christmas. The kids love to watch it and, man, I STILL learn things from it!

    My favorite line? “Darn, that’s the end”.

  20. Lisa Says:

    LOL! I absolutely adore Schoolhouse Rock! And my kids do, too! I bought the 30th Anniversary Edition off of Amazon and The Kids will actually request it! And, on more than one occasion, I’ve LET them watch it and “counted it” as school! (I know, I know, BAD homeschooling mom!!)
    They like “The Great American Melting Pot” and the nouns song.

  21. Jamie Says:

    We just rented the DVD and the kids must’ve watched it 25 times before we sent it back. They’re still singing about interjections.

  22. Beth Says:

    If you watch them on u-tube be careful which ones you chose. There are several parodies that are NOT for young ears and eyes. My 7yo clicked on the wrong noun version and ended up with one that features guns and crackheads. I was there and was able to shut it down quickly, and we talked about not clicking until I say so.

  23. grace Says:

    I didn’t know they had a Schoolhouse Rocks Leapster game! We’ve got the video which the kids like watching (um…singing to). So I think that game would be a HIT in our house.

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