We were doing grammar today when I asked my son what an interjection was. He thought out it for a second and then said: “Interjection! 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. So if you’re happy, HOORAY! Or sad, AHH! Or frightened, EEEK! Or mad, RATS! Or excited, WOW! Or glad, HEY! An interjection starts the sentence right.” (Don’t you just love it when your kids break out into song? LOL)
That, my friends is from the classic show, Schoolhouse Rock. Remember that show on Saturday mornings? I’m just a Bill? The Shot heard ’round the World? Lolly, Lolly, Lolly get your adverbs here? My Hero, Zero? Conjunction Junction? That show took boring subjects in school (i.e. government workings, mathematics, parts of speech, etc.) and turned them into silly songs and bright cartoons that we could relate to. My son enjoys them now as much as I did 30 yrs. ago.
Another show that we enjoy together is Davey and Goliath. As we didn’t go to church when I was a kid, I watched poor Davey make mistakes with his faithful dog Goliath. Nothing like taking claymation figures and making them teach children about honesty, respect, helping others, and being a good Christian. As my son says: “They are a bit cheesy, but I like them.”
I tried to get my son into watching Land of the Lost (cheesy dinosaurs and all). He wouldn’t go for it. I wonder if you can get copies of the Electric Company still? That was another favorite of mine. Anyone remember Romper Room? Romper, Bomper, Stomper Boo…tell me, tell me, tell me who. Captain Kangaroo & Mr. Green Jeans? Oh Davey!