August 30, 2011

The Kid Knows his Strengths

By the end of the week... I will know ALL my helping verbs, because obviously just memorizing the forms of Be in 6th grade wasn't enough.

Bones and I will both know them.

He came home with a list today and said, "We sing this to Jingle Bells". So he and I have been going through the house singing "May, Might, Must... Be Being Been... " sung to "Jingle Bells. Jingle Bells..."

This evening he said to me, "I'm so glad I thought of this..."

Me: *blink* What?

Bones: Yeah, I raised my hand in language arts today and said, "Hey, can we turn this into a song?" And my teacher said, "Sure. I think so, if you can find a tune that works" So I counted out the syllables and realized that Jingle Bells works.

Me: YOU did this? You created this Helping Verb song to Jingle Bells?

Bones: Yeah. Isn't it great? I'll have it memorized by Thursday, no problem. Kinda like that States song...

Holy crap. I wonder how many other kids are following his lead. This is what happens when you have a vocal major in your class. Everything becomes a song....

He selected a new elective at school... it's an acapella group of 15 boys. They are currently practicing The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Bones is thrilled... he is a baritone. That guy may have the lead part as a Tenor in Straight No Chaser, but Bones, at age 12, thinks it's all about having that deep voice. He wouldn't be caught DEAD singing that lead!

He's thrilled. In regular Boys Chorus he is now a Tenor 2. In Bakapella, he is a Baritone. I can't wait to hear them!

Posted by Boudicca at August 30, 2011 09:58 PM

Ahhh the creative minds of children. By the way, Straight no Chaser will be performing in Pensacola the 6th of May next year.

Posted by: mom at August 30, 2011 10:12 PM

Way to go Bones! Great job. Now he needs to come up with a song for Long Division.

Posted by: sticks at August 31, 2011 04:55 AM

Ohhhh I was making them sing it to London Bridge... wonder if Jingle Bells would go better...

Posted by: vwbug at August 31, 2011 05:22 AM

Haha thats great!!! Straight No Chaser at Kravis Center May 11th... Love them!

Posted by: jd at August 31, 2011 05:30 AM

Sticks, you beat me to it! Yes, he needs a long division song!

Posted by: caltechgirl at August 31, 2011 05:55 PM

If it weren't for songs, I'd never have learned the Preamble:

Posted by: Harvey at September 3, 2011 12:31 AM