Welcome to the Toddler's School of Music

Last night, in the tub*, the Toddler taught me how to sing a song. A song I didn't know. A song he did know.

What's the weather...
What's the weather...
What's the weather like today?
What's the weather...
What's the weather...
What's the weather like today?

It's rainy
It's cloudy
It's windy
And it's snowy.

What's the weather...
What's the weather...
What's the weather like today?
What's the weather...
What's the weather...
What's the weather like today?

(sung to the tune of "My Darling Clementine")
A few weeks ago, in the name of giving The Lovely Wife some time alone in the house, the kids and I drove down to play in the ocean waves. It was that day that  I first heard The Toddler sing along to a CD in the van. I was impressed that he could keep time and general tune with the singers. Ordinarily, he wouldn't sing if anyone else was singing, though he'd finish lines if you were singing and stopped to let him join in.  He could sing on his own, but you'd never be able to pick out the words, let alone the tune. But yesterday it utterly blew me away to have him sing a song I didn't know, and then teach it to me.

Gah. I'm going to be a weepy mess when he starts doing long division**.

*The Toddler was in the tub. Well, so was the baby. I was not.
**do ordinary people still do long division, or is it just me?

Posted bythemikestand at 3:37 PM  

5 stepped up to the mike:

Christine said... 7:44 PM, September 28, 2006  

OH yes. Ordinary people still do long division. Actually, EXTRAordinary people, like myself, TEACH IT. THIS WEEK, amazingly enough.

Steph said... 11:25 AM, September 29, 2006  

Singing kids: That's so awesome. I can't wait to have a little munchkin on which Mr. Happy and I will impose our musical tastes. Beatles and indy rock all the way.

And yay, people do long division. I do it in my head while drawing the numbers with my finger in the air.

themikestand said... 10:45 AM, September 30, 2006  

Actually, I got the words slightly wrong, but whatever.

Glad to know others do long division still. And yes, the exceptional teach it :)

canadian sadie said... 1:55 PM, October 01, 2006  

MOST people DON'T do long division. As is evidenced by the number of morons that can't pass a basic retail math test to get hired at my place of employment.

They learn to use calculators to do the work for them.

*{shudder}* I do long division for practice sometimes, because it makes me feel less stupid! I choose to believe that smart people (like Christine, and you, and Steph, and...) still do long division, and will encourage their children to do likewise! :)

Sassy said... 10:22 PM, October 01, 2006  

I do a little celebration dance every time I hear of children willingly singing and matching tune/rhythm/words to songs. Congrats. ;)

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