Monday, January 08, 2007


We ordered pizza this weekend, and all the way to and from the pizza shop, Bud listened to Jack Johnson's song "The 3 R's". He sang along with gusto and cued me on backing vocals (because I am allowed to sing when it's Bud's idea.)

He was still singing when we got home, and before the pizza was on the table he asked if he could use the computer, "to write words, Mama." I told him that we were done with the computer for the day, and that it was time to eat pizza. So he asked for paper instead.

I gave him a notebook and a pencil, and he sat down with his iPod and his pizza and got to work. He listened, wrote, rewound and munched, and this boy who usually avoids handwriting filled four pages. I helped him with the first "3", since he finds 3's and S's exceptionally difficult. After that, though, he did the rest all by himself - and the result is mighty impressive.

His words are first. My transcription follows. Jack Johnson's original lyrics come last.

3 itsAmAgit

Three it's a magic number
Yes it is, it's a magic number

ANd ThE 18
goT 3Rs W goT TocAbAWT

Because two times three is six
And three times six is eighteen
And the eighteenth letter in the alphabet is R
We've got three R's we're going to talk about

WR goT lEdgWE
l ENREdoo
WWElll ifYou
tobYsUjis Yono bRiNgYoN

We've got to learn to
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
If you're going to the market
to buy some juice
You've got to bring your own

W goT lEN REdoo

and you learn to reduce your waste
And if your brother

That's where he ran out of steam. Or out of pizza.

But, really, what more could you ask from a seven-year-old? He's got a lot going on. He's a singer. He's a songwriter.

He's an environmentalist.


kristina said...

Music and pizza---what more does a buding songwriter need to inspire?

Wendy said...

Singer. Songwriter. Environmentalist.

Sorry, but Kermit comes to mind! :)

Nice writing Bud! Keep up the good work!

MOM-NOS said...

And to quote the frog himself, "It's not easy being green."

(I'd have to agree with him.)

kyra said...

that is amazing! bud is flooring me these days. i love it.

fluffy LOVES that song! it's his absolute favorite.

hmmm. i have to get him an ipod. what headphones do you recommend? i worry about his little eardrums.

kirsten said...

isn't it amazing how kids will do something like handwriting when they're really self-motivated?
good work, bud!

Kristen said...

and he's learning math too!

mcewen said...

I expect he has an arm,hand, wrist and finger that ache too!

Daisy said...

This is fabulous. (review from the teacher who has taught music AND first grade, by the way!)

Anonymous said...


I sat and looked at the printing ( which was kind of light on my screen) and then changed over to the printed words...Quark ( my husband and former Special Ed teacher) and I both read his words with no difficulty. And since, we have never heard the song before, it had no familiarity at all, and we read every word.

In each of my classes, we write a song to a familiar tune. Grade 1's have greater liberty, while a grade 3 is expected to use some of the sentence structure we have learned. I wonder if Bud would like to compose songs to familiar tunes including 'lyrics' about his favourite toys or games.

Again, I say, I would love to have a classroom full of "Budding" artists. Well done Mom and Bud!

Teal said...

You really need to get pizza more often!

SquareGirl said...

Oooohhh, I LOVE that song (and that post). #3 is indeed the majic number (yes it is)! Bud has amazing taste.

MOM-NOS said...

Kyra, Bud uses these headphones. They're inexpensive, comfortable, and much more user-friendly than the standard iPod earbuds. Does that make these earBuds?

KAL said...

This is so cool, mom-nos. Curious George is a popular soundtrack around here as well. I also enjoyed reading about Bud's independent streak in your last post.

mom_of_e said...

Marvelous! I've lurked for quite awhile and it's time to come out and say that Bud has made tremendous progress.