Although I am not a fan of traffic jams and motorbikes, I have been stretching the bounds of my familiar territory in search of new places to explore.  Part of this is that, safely nestled in restraints in our vehicle, my children cannot move, touch each other, or jump on me.  It's the closest thing I get to peace.  I have been fully making use of this with some of the things I'm going to share about today, and some days, it's the only "school" we get.   Here are some ideas for a captive audience!

1.  Wee Sing America.  Yes, this is the same Wee Sing series that I myself grew up with.  It's an oldie but a goodie.  It's got everything from Yankee Doodle to the Preamble to the Constitution, quotes from George Washington to J.F. Kennedy, the 50-states song, the Pledge of Allegiance, and our personal favorite, "John Henry".  It's quite an education.  Give me liberty or give me death!

2. But Why? Podcast.  This is a production of Vermont Public Radio, and it answers children's questions about anything and everything.  It's a fun listen for curious kids.

3. Slugs and Bugs by Randall Goodgame.  Anything he puts out is great, but the Sing the Bible series (there are three as of right now) is ridiculous, brilliant, and really, really good.  We've got these tunes in our head all day long.  Ellis's personal favorite is a song based on Deuteronomy 14:21: "Do not eat anything you find already dead, but you may give it to the alien living in your town".  I told you it was ridiculous -but also brilliant- because I didn't even have to look that verse up, it has been seared in my brain.  All scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching!

4. Jim Weiss stories.  Jim Weiss has narrated hundreds of audiobooks over the years, and we have just gotten started with his recordings.  He has fairy tales, Shakespeare, stories like Treasure Island and Sherlock Holmes, and non-fiction accounts of people like Galileo, all told in kid-friendly accounts.  My personal favorite is the "Sweet Dreams" CD which never puts my children to sleep as it claims it should, but is dreamy to listen to.

But after all is said and done, we have been defaulting to The House at Pooh Corner most days this week.  Winnie the Pooh never fails us!

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