A little known fact about Colorado is that our state folk dance is square dancing. I, on the other hand, are very familiar with it as I have grown up with it my entire life.
Tonight, my dad and his square dance club, Mountain Swingers, will be celebrating their 45th anniversary. The photo above with Moffat was taken a couple of years ago during one of the club's Friday night dances. It is featured in Moffat The Rabbit's Colorado Alphabet book under S.
Fifty years ago, my parents met in college and started dancing. Over the years, my dad has been flown to Texas, Florida, Montana and countless other places to put on wedding parties and Young Life parties and has taught thousands how to square dance and line dance. Today, he has all the electronic bells and whistles for calling from wireless microphones to remote start sound systems. He gets very excited over a new set of speakers!! I have memories of having to duck out of the hall on a dance night so that my mom and her skirt could pass down the hall! as she and my dad were headed out the door! My dad always took his green Stanley thermos of "square dance" tea. Despite all this from my childhood, I more or less have two left feet and and challenged in my coordination and my husband isn't any better!
Happy 45th Anniversary to the Mountain Swingers Square Dance Club. I keep telling dad you need to celebrate to 50!!!
As an early childhood/primary educator my entire professional career, the fact that I share the EXACT same birthday with such an American classic as Sesame Street makes me rather happy. Today, Sesame Street and I are celebrating our 45th birthdays. It is rare to have a show that we watched growing up as a child still have such influence several decades later on our own children (although my children are grown). As a child, I can remember reading the book "The Monster At The End Of This Book" over and over and over. Needless to say, when I came across a copy of the book several years ago, I felt the need to replace my long lost childhood copy!
Currently, in my own classroom, we are learning about the American Revolution and discussing the qualities of a leader as we address civics standards. I love showing vintage Sesame Street clips about the Revolution. With the clips being available on Youtube, I have the ability to stop and engage the kids in a discussion about what what might be fact or fiction. For example, did Grover really show up wanting to throw a surprise party for the Hessians or did George Washington have a different kind of surprise in mind? As we are discussing the attributes of a leader, how did George Washington problem solve all of the passengers being on either one end or the other end of the boat when they were not listening to directions? I love adding this to a lesson to engage the students and get them to think!
As an adult, if you haven't spent some time watching a clip or two, I encourage you to do so. Sesame Street has influenced so many of us at one point and time in our life and for this I am thankful.
AND...since it is a Monday, I think I will close with a very current SS including another one of my new favorites...Kid President. Happy Monday and Happy Birthday to Sesame Street!