4 September, 2013
Growing up I was the oldest child my parents had. The majority of that time typically ages 1-4 I barely even remember. . So with that being said I was an only child for 6 years. I recall that for those earlier stages of my life my grandmother raised me and therefore I would call her my first teacher. That’s why my oldest memory’s or literacy artifact was when my grandmother used to have me watch the Magic School Bus. The Magic School Bus is a Canadian/American Saturday morning animated children's television series, based on the book series of the same name by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen. It is notable for combining entertainment with an educational series. I absolutely loved this show, not even realizing at the time, that it was educational.
I loved the show so much, that my grandmother went out and bought multiple VHS copies of the Magic School Bus so I could watch it anytime I felt like it, instead of having to wait until Saturday mornings. The Magic School Bus is quite a vehicle, At the command of schoolteacher Ms Frizzle (voiced by Lily Tomlin), the bus would transform into any possible shape and size, (including a "bathysphere" when it became the shape of a bathtub) and carry a group of kids off to adventures in space, under the sea, or even inside the human body. There's lots of fun and learning along the way, though at times the pace is so fast that it can be easy to miss some of the educational value. The show was the first cartoon that I watched that was considered educational and I actually learned from. I feel like even though I didn’t learn everything I needed to learn from the show, it was a stepping stool that showed me that learning can be fun and exciting if you know how to go about it the right way.
Who among us wished to enter this school bus and tag along with Ms. Frizzle and the rest of her class in one of their crazy field trips? I sure did. This show is one of...
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