You can’t say I didn’t warn you we’d get all wacky today. Let’s start off with the idea of time. Time past, time now, and future time.
If you haven’t grabbed up “Today’s Song” (and sung it over and again with your child of any age) from one of my earlier posts here or from my site at http://ilikeme.com/teacher_treats.htm, now’s the time to do just that. You’ll also find (with the song on my site) fun activities to do around the song.
We’ll begin today with wacky language and knowledge for your kids 5+ years, so “Today’s Song” will help younger kids grasp some of the time concept we’re talking about here.
Even so, stay tuned if you have kids who are younger than 5. There are ideas here today for you, too. Ideas besides the reminder to TALK and sing “Today’s Song” today and every day!
All that said…we’re now gonna get wacky…and begin by going back in time. To a day some 20 years ago. A time before home computers and the Web and search engines, and cable and satellite stations, and such.
I sat at my kitchen table, very much into my always-and-forevermore morning ritual of reading the newspaper. And an idea came to mind.
How, I wondered, might newspaper headlines read one-hundred years from now? One-thousand years? A million? In googol years?
I know, you’re thinking Babs is getting doubly wacky. One, she’s misspelled googol and two, she’s thinking newspapers will exist in future times.
But poetic license lets me go anywhere with my thoughts and words. And keep in mind this story idea came to me back in time. Time when hard copy newspapers were still the #1 media for news. And on that day (Google it or ask any 12 year old), googol was and is not misspelled.
Nope. A googol is a very large number (1 followed by 100 zeroes). The search engine took poetic license to name itself. Likewise, this poet takes poetic license often…like whenever certain story ideas come to mind.
So my thoughts that back-in-time morning landed on all sorts of things that might/could happen in:
What’s the future hold in store?
Let imaginations soar–
Frostiwaves for instant freezing
FBI reports on teasing
Robots trick or treating ghoul-ness
Gauges measure awesome cool-ness
Faxing people through the air
Self-destructing secret notes
Schools with alligator moats
Beaming up your enemies
Toddlers earning Ph.D.’s
Just-add-water instant housing
Credit card required for browsing
People living googol years
Babies crying colored tears
Toilet seats with self-close lids
Beds that make themselves-for kids
Watches read out body weights
Trap doors on all children’s plates
Moisture-sensing windshield wipers
Cupboard shelves that wash the dishes
Press-a-button come-true wishes
Bottled Love for sale in stores
Household pets do household chores
Crime extinct, the courts declare
Peaceful people everywhere
Be it silly or sublime,
What might be in googol time?
Copyright © 1987 Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz
(“Googol Time” was first published in Poetry Works: The Second Stanza, Modern Curriculum Press/PearsonLearning, 1992; available at http://www.ilikeme.com/poetry.htm. “Googol Time” is also available in full-color 11×14 format that’s matted and ready-to-frame. For pricing and details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Here’s a puzzle for TALKing and THINKing about the poem with your child (ages 5+): TALK to identify one of those wacky ideas of “then time” that’s already here in “now time.” (Ask me if you two haven’t yet experienced this yesteryear’s idea of wacky.)
Go ahead, add more wacky ideas to the poem. Remember, you don’t have to rhyme. Though you might find it easy once you’re into this poem’s rhythm.
Now, if your child’s a bit young to handle the language and knowledge in “Googol Time,” then sing “Today’s Song” and follow up with TALK about one event that happened yesterday, one event of today, and one planned experience for tomorrow. Yes, keep it simple. To make it more concrete for your little one, jump backwards for the concept of yesterday, stand still for the concept of today, and jump forwards to depict tomorrow. On another day, point to a calendar as you say each concept word.
With kids of all ages, including your 4’s, make up wacky ideas that would just never happen. You might name this particularly fun TALKing and THINKing activity something like: “WOW! Let’s get all wacky with Ms. Babs!”
Enjoy and tune in tomorrow, THINKing Thursday, to THINK and learn about how you and your child can TALK comprehension skills. See ya!