The Best of Schoolhouse Rock

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Andy Davis, Common Sense Media
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Listen and learn using pop grace and sensibility.

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Parents need to know that many of the songs provide lyrical devices to help children memorize facts like the multiplication tables or the Preamble to the Constitution. A narrative approach is used in many tracks to explain historical developments and, in one case, the legislative process ("I'm just a bill and I'm sittin' here on Capitol Hill ...").

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Adult Written byEnglish teacher April 9, 2008

DVD and Music Great for any age

Though this is a review for the CD, the DVD is really more versatile (but not included in "movies" on this site.) I use the grammar rock DVD in my hi... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Any former kid who watched Saturday morning cartoons in the 1970s will recognize old favorites like \"Conjunction Junction\" or \"I'm Just a Bill\" -- songs that are now being learned by a whole new generation of viewers. With ingenious lyrics, dry material like the multiplication tables and grammar is explained with a blend of poetic grace and pop sensibility. Four new songs on money and finance are also featured on THE BEST OF SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK.

Is it any good?

The melodies on the CD are simple but endearing, and the rhythms are varied. "Conjunction Junction" features big band swing hooks while "The Preamble" is a sunny bluegrass tune. Witty vocal performances on "Just a Bill" and "Interjections" contrast with the hauntingly beautiful lullaby "Figure Eight."

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  • Families can talk about some of the concepts being taught here through music, like the properties of numbers or the parts of speech. Does memorization through music make it easier for you to learn?

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