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Where Do You Get Your Adverbs, Lolly?
Of all the things I miss from the television line-up of my childhood, I miss Schoolhouse Rock the most. A series of short cartoons lasting around five minutes at best, they covered topics like grammar, math, the environment, politics, science, and history. The catchy jingles stayed with me, helping me remember the basics well through high school and college.
Perhaps some of you remember "Lolly Lolly Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here" with these lyrics:
How, where, or when, Condition or reason,
These questions are answered When you use an adverb.
Or "Interplanet Janet" who rocked about the planets in our universe:
Mars is red and Jupiter's big
And Saturn shows off its rings.
Uranus is built on a funny tilt
And Neptune is its twin,
And Pluto, little Pluto, is the farthest planet from the Sun.
And how come "Three is a Magic Number" you ask? Because:
Now the multiples of three come up three times in each set of ten. In the first ten, you get 3-6-9, and in the teens ten it's 12-15 and 18, and in the twenties you get 21-24-27 and it comes out even on 30.
Yes, I really miss Schoolhouse Rock but thanks to YouTube and websites like SchoolTubeVideo I can still watch them with my own kids -- and I don't even have to wait all week for the Saturday morning cartoons! I can even watch them on my Android phone, my Kindle fire, or the Xbox360 console with Xbox Live.
If you've never seen a Schoolhouse Rock video, then I suggest you go watch one as soon as you can. They're the perfect juxtaposition of whimsy and learning, equally teaching both children and adults. If you are a fan of Schoolhouse Rock I'd love to hear about your favorites. Why not leave a comment below? Thanks for reading!