Grammar Help Worth Singing About

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We apologize in advance for any nostalgic earworms that occur after browsing this post. However, when we as parents think of grammar learning, we can’t help but hearken back to Saturday morning cartoons and those adorable Schoolhouse Rock ditties. Let’s face it. Our knowledge of grammar rules is shored up by what we learned from tunes like Conjunction JunctionLolly, Lolly, Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here, and…yes…Rufus Xavier Sarsparilla.

The Schoolhouse Rock Effect

In the 1970s and 1980s, Saturday morning cartoons were a staple among school-age kids. Often tucked between episodes of Scooby Doo, Superfriends, or any of the other frequent Saturday fare, Schoolhouse Rock animated musical shorts were every bit as entertaining as the main programming.

The idea behind Schoolhouse Rock came from an advertising executive who discovered that his son could memorize his multiplication tables if they were accompanied by rock music. That, and the recent success of Sesame Street’s programming inspired him to create a whole series of videos tying educational concepts (including grammar rules) to fun music and lyrics.

If you can still sing along with lyrics like

“Well, every person you can know (like a bandit or an engineer)
And every place that you can go (like a state or a home)
And anything that you can show (like animals and plants or a train)
You know they’re nouns – you know they’re nouns”

then you recognize that Schoolhouse Rock had a powerful impact on your early learning.

What Schoolhouse Rock Teaches Us About Grammar Rules… (continued)

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