I was a preschool teacher for many years. I love reading to children and I’m adept at changing voice and tone to add drama, pausing at just the right moment to create a little added theater, and best of all, I don’t get weary when reading the same books over and over.
But when it comes to dinosaur books, I stumble. I don’t have a strong sense of which syllable takes the emphasis–that is if I can even break down the syllables, and although Sophia enjoys correcting me, these aren’t my favorite books to read.
So today I turned to YouTube to entertain us on the topic. It’s a natural winner. The girls were enthralled with the informative video clips and I could learn right along with them.
A few of you indicated particular interest in the La Brea Tar Pits, so I’ve added the YouTube we watched this afternoon. It’s a little long, but it was really interesting. Although billed as the story of the gradual extinction of the saber-tooth tiger, included is some excellent footage of the paleontologists associated with the work in the active pits.
Then it occurred to me that YouTube is good for me, also. I asked for help identifying the new little bird hanging around my house, and you wonderful readers filled in the information.
Thanks to you I now know this little guy is a Red-whiskered Bulbul.
I was able to look up all the information I needed to know, but what if I could see one in action just to compare behaviors. Maybe catch a little sound?
Are you curious about a topic or have questions about how to do something?
There is an exciting community of teachers out there.
Including a young girl instructing her little brother in this YouTube that went viral last year.
I will stop now before I feel the need to show you the one with the seven-day old hedgehog taking a nap.
And why was I almost late for Sophia’s Tae Kwon Do tonight? Have you ever tried to stop watching these things once you get started?