Wednesday, October 6, 2010

You’re doing fine Oklahoma………



Who wouldn’t love to watch Oklahoma with Hugh Jackman?  Much better to my mind than the original movie version.  And in my white-washed version it’s not so disturbing as it is in reality.

Why, don’t I remember that Rodgers and Hammerstein actually write rather disturbing musicals?  Carousel, check.  South Pacific, addressing racism, and that’s one of the more family friendly.

I always forget about the attempted rape of Laurie, and how Curly suggests Jud commit suicide……  So, I did a lot of distracting as we watched it.

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So, what did my kids get out of it?  You can see what my boys got.  They reenacted the fight scene between Curly and Jud.  Boys.

Princess?  She loved the singing, she’s all about the singing.


Other Oklahoma activities:

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We read the book “Jingle Dancer,” which is a super cute story about a girl who desperately wants to dance at the upcoming dances, but isn’t able to get a skirt in time.  So, she comes up with an original solution to the problem (I won’t tell it here, but you won’t regret reading it).



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Afterwards we made Jingle bracelets.  This works best threaded onto yarn, not pipe cleaners.  They happily threaded lots of beads on, and I tied it shut and we shook them and listened to them jingling as we danced.

And when we were done with the activity I found the bells I had intended to use for this silly project.
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And beads roll impressively well on the sidewalk, in case you are wondering.  Very well.

So, then we chased them………

Honestly, most of the books I found were a bust.  But, here’s the pieces I’ll put together later.
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If you want to download the printables, just click on the link and it’ll take you to the page.

And, next I think we’re off to Florida, why?  I want an easy state next.  And the kids pointed to it randomly and asked about it.  Any Florida suggestions?  I remember Superheroes and Princesses did manatees.
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And, now head on over to Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn to see more great Geography/History ideas.



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