Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Easy Reader

Who else remembers Morgan Freeman on The Electric Company as Easy Reader? He was our favorite!

Top to bottom, left to right --
reading stuff is out of sight!

Easy Reader that's my name
reading, reading, that's my game
I groove on all the words around
as long as they written down
reading heavy reading tough
I never seem to get enough...

I'm a first class gen-u-wine readin' freak~ ~ Easy Reader

I wonder how many kids learned to read and to sharpen their reading skills by watching Sesame Street and The Electric Company?

Here's a short, fun Reading vid.

(Photo from The Electric Company Archives)


R.L. Bourges said...

cute vid! Here's one from Radio-Canada, for a children's program called Bagatelle

The animation was done by Frédéric Back who animated Jean GIono's The Man who Planted Trees

excerpt here

Nick (CFKS) said...

You're serious about this readin' stuff, huh?

JGH said...

I loved the Electric Company as a kid and in a stupid fit of nostalgia, we spent some ridiculous amount of money on the box set when it came out last year. My kids just weren't into it:-( My other favorite was Zoom - remember that one?

Deborah Godin said...

Morgan Freeman - well I'll be! I do know of this show, but I'm of an earlier generation, and learned how to sing the spelling of "encyclopedia" on the Mickey Mouse Club.

Megan said...

I sharpened my reading skills that way. Singing skills, too.

I try to stay away from you tube because then I just sit there looking for things. I once watched bits from the Muppet Show for over two hours.


Barbara said...

I would be curious to know about the real impact of these shows on children's literacy. It seems like they sprang up at about the same time as the TV was starting to be used as a babysitter.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

anyone interested in watching a great documentary about the global impact of sesame street on literacy and children's lives check out the world according to sesame street....

good not to confuse shows like the electric company, sesame street, etc with the other drek that is on tv aimed at kids....

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  • Austen, Jane: (Complete Works)
  • Balzac: Cousin Bette/ Eugenie Grandet / Cousin Pons
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