Anyone who can plop the words antioxidant and pomegranate into a song is tops in yeLAdim's book. The catchy tunes of The SqueeGees make education entertaining in such songs as "The Elements" (i.e., all about wind, fire, water, etc.) and "Rules of the Road" (Go, go, go; stop, stop, stop; don't drive too fast or too slow).
Kids will have too much fun making noises with the appropriately named "Making Noises," and grown-ups will get a kick out of the humorous lyrics -- especially tunes like "The Ol' WWW" ("got directions and a map on the Internet ... bid on a Chia Pet on the Internet").
Kids-at-heart Samantha Tobey and Roman Bluem (aka The SqueeGees) will be at UCLA this weekend playing all these songs and more at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books: Saturday, April 28, on the Storytelling 9 stage at 4 p.m.; and Sunday, April 29, at the Target stage at 1:25 p.m.
Click the BIG ARROW for The Elements, performed by the SqueeGees
Holidays NOT on the Calendar
In addition to the holidays we've already mentioned, why not celebrate one of these? (If you have the time.)
May 6: World Laughter Day. Around the world people are going to be giggling, guffawing, chortling and chuckling. So tell a good joke, tickle someone or watch a funny movie. Remember: Laughter is the best medicine!
May 8: National Teachers' Day. Have an awesome teacher? Why not let them know how much you appreciate them today. Warning: Kissing up won't necessarily get you a better grade.
May 26: Sally Ride Day. Take a few minutes to honor the first American woman to go into space. On June 18, 1983, Ride made history as a mission specialist aboard STS-7, the second flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger. Ask mom or dad or an older sibling for their memories of that time. Ride showed us all that no dream is too big!
Mothers are so important that we celebrate them on a Special Day!
There are a lot of celebrations this month, and your school or synagogue probably has special activities for them. We've listed them below ... but we've taken out the vowels. See if you can fill in the blanks and then match the holiday to the date we celebrate it on. Go to the bottom of this page to see if you have the right answers.
1) L_G b'_M_R
2) M_M_R_ _L D_Y
3) M_TH_R'S D_Y
4) R_SH CH_D_SH S_V_N
5) SH_V_ _T
6) Y_M Y_R_SH_L_Y_M
a) May 6
b) May 13
c) May 16
d) May 18
e) May 22
f) May 28
Wanna say goodbye to your buds until you see them again in the fall? Have a friend or sibling who will be graduating? Do you have advice for the new kids coming into your school? Then yeLAdim wants to hear it. E-mail us your shout outs for the class of 2007 and we'll run them on our May page. Send 'em our way at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll also take poems and stories about your graduation or summer vacation plans.