Ben's current favorite video is an old VHS tape (another hand-me-down from my now college-age niece) from a series called "Geo Kids," put out by National Geographic in the early nineties. Among its musical features are such natural history hits as "Kook Kook Kooky Kookaburra" and "Animal Doo-Wop". The latter is great for phonological awareness, with lyrics like "P-panda, F-f-f-fish, T-t-turtle, L-l-l-lizard." Ben loves this. He has started adapting the technique for lyrics from other songs ("Sh-sh-sh-she w-w-woves you, y-y-yeah, y-y-y-yeah, y-y-yeah!" and "W-w-w-wocky M-m-m-mountain High, C-c-c-colorado"). And another thing: He's been on a huge John Denver kick recently. In fact, he insists (seriously, insists) that we call him John Denver. This caused a little confusion at daycare the other day. It all started shortly before Christmas when he became addicted to a CD of the John Denver Muppets Christmas special. One youtube video led to another, and now he's singing "Rocky Mountain High" in the bathtub. His tastes are eclectic, to say the least.
We finally made the transition to the Big Boy Bed last night (after Neil spent most of Friday assembling the blasted thing), and all went well. After he got home, we told him there was a big surprise waiting in his bedroom. He had pretty much figured it out by the time he was halfway up the stairs (we'd been showing him pictures of it and talking about it all week, while waiting for it to arrive), and he was one giant ear-to-ear grin when he saw it in person.
After some thought, he rearranged all of the trimmings in a configuration more to his liking.