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This is our typical little nightly routine. We snuggle on the couch or chair. Sometimes my hubby and I each have one cute boy on our lap and I usually get our dog, too. All crammed together, perfectly content.
Tom and Jerry is a favorite in our house. Each time I sit and watch it with the boys, I feel a wave of inspiration. The mommy in me feels so happy to see that the boys love a show that doesn't have a ton of dialogue, insane ninja moves, or sassy back talk. But the teacher in me? Well, that's a different story.
As a teacher, I can't help but see all the ways in which Tom and Jerry can support comprehension. Tons of inferring, cause/effect, and even character traits. Of course, each episode has the moment where you can stop and talk about theme or author's message. I just am in awe each time I sit down to watch it. My oldest even says now at the opening of each show "what does the title say?" He's learning to read in kindergarten and doing a fine job, but the opening title is sometimes in cursive. I love how he asks for the title because it shows how that informs his thinking and aids his comprehension. I don't know what it is about that show in particular, but I can't watch without thinking of mini-lessons.
I guess when I stop and think about it, I find mini-lessons everywhere.As teachers I think we view the world around us differently.
And I kinda like it.