Immediately, Immediately, Immediate-ly
As my husband is wont to say, God bless YouTube. One of the girls was confused about whether or not to drop the silent e in “unfortunately.” I know how I resolved that question at her age, and I went a-googling to see if I could find a certain video clip.
And sure enough, faster than a rolling O, there it was.
Of course you know we spent the next hour watching more Electric Company clips, with the girls cracking up at my terrier-like 70s-child excitement. The lolly song! And that other lollipop song, the creepy one. Hey, you guys! Silent E! The uberfunky TION song, which I now realize may have been the genesis of my environmentalist streak. (Rewatching it, I’m rather shocked by the garmentlessness of the crowd at the end of the song. I guess the Age of Aquarius touched kiddie TV too.)
Look, there’s Morgan Freeman with a broken leg singing “There’s a Hole at the Bottom of the Sea.” Frankly, I always thought the gang was a little hard on the gorilla.
Rose and Bean liked Letterman best, and who can blame them?
I read in the paper yesterday that an all-new Electric Company will debut tonight on our local PBS station.
On January 23, 2009 at 1:37 pm
Oh, my! No wonder I am so warped! But I sure can spell, by goLLy!
On January 23, 2009 at 3:02 pm
Mama Squirrel says:
Crayons likes The Punctuation Brothers skit with Rita Moreno. We’ve used Letterman segments too.
On January 23, 2009 at 5:35 pm
We tried to watch the new version of Electric Company but it just didn’t live up to the original. We have the DVD set of the Best of Electric Company and I figure that counts for grammar and phonics for the little ones, right?
On January 23, 2009 at 8:50 pm
Oh my goodness – how did I learn to read or spell without these?! They are fab! I don’t think we had them in the UK, or maybe I just missed them, but from now on I shall make sure that my children are not so deprived – thanks for sharing!
On January 24, 2009 at 2:09 am
Thank you so much for this post. My children were entranced by these clips. We don’t have a TV–I think perhaps my children are a little starved for this sort of thing. I would never have thought of looking for the Electric Company on youtube. I will also look for the DVD the other commenter mentioned.
On January 25, 2009 at 10:55 pm
We watched “The Mathematics of Love” this week, because Rachel was asking about Roman Numerals. Fun stuff!
On January 26, 2009 at 10:09 am
You. Are. Responsible. For. My. Latest. Earworm!
And I never even WATCHED the Electric Company before this! One UTube viewing and for 24 hours I’ve been hearing Immediately, Immediately, Immediate-L-Y!
On January 27, 2009 at 5:27 am
Penny in VT says:
FYI – the old Electric Company series is available from NetFlix, we l:)ve them!
I saw the new version last week. Let’s just say I’m enough of a curmudgeon to say tsk tsk. The old ones were so much better!
(in my opinion, not so very humble at all!)
On January 29, 2009 at 4:26 pm