Engaging Each Day with Action Words

Rock.— A Theme Song! “I think. I plot. I plan. I dream.”

on December 1, 2012

Last night, post bathtime, Y started telling us that she had worked on an assignment in her 2nd grade class that involved nouns, verbs and ajjjaa…adjjjjuucckk….


Yes, that. But that she didn’t understand it and needed some help.

Now, the important parts of this story are:

1) It is 8:30 p.m.

2) She is high on some ice cream, I think and

3) She is a bedtime staller.

So, even though I have five years of teaching 2nd grade on my professional resume’,  I made a quick Exit Stage Left to get the boy child out of the bathtub…again… and left the best friend/partner/hubby to the task of helping her with this.  Because those three parts of the story (see 1, 2, and 3 above) will make or break the lesson here.

But the best friend/partner/hubby is much more of the Zen Parent, so he set off to teach this lesson. They got out the laptop and he started having her list some words and he asked some questions about each one…Is it a place? Is it a thing?  Is it a person? Can you do it? Is it an action? Can you describe it? Can you hold it? etc. etc. etc. You get the picture.

Each question was met with a squiggly girl, all cuteness and silliness, who probably fully understood everything, and yet still knew that if she just said she didn’t, then this one-on-one Daddy time could continue late into the night.

So, as I watch the clock tick up and give the Momma ‘wrap it up’ signal, I said, “Look up the SchoolHouse Rock videos…that should help.”

Thank you, You Tube. For many things, but now for on-demand access to the old school SchoolHouse Rock videos. So. Much. Fun. Well, at least I thought they were awesome. My childhood was flashing before my eyes.  Y finally got bored with the whole thing, gave up and headed off to bed. Ha! Either way, mission accomplished.

But then, I found the classic “Verbs” song. Seriously–check it out:

Ok, there are several things I love about this.

1. It is so clearly from the 1970s, which is becoming more and more endearing to me each day!

2. There is a superhero! And we know how I feel about all things superhero!

3. It ends in his Momma’s arms, which is how all things should end!

4. It is all. About. Action. Words.

I am all about action words!  MommyVerbs is all about action words!

As I continue to grow this baby blog, WordPress keeps telling me to make sure I keep my ABOUT page updated and that I post often and connect with the blog community and respond to comments….

But I think I have the real answer to sharing your blog with the world—I think what everyone needs to find for their blog pages is—a theme song!

I just found MommyVerbs’ theme song.

“I think. I plot. I plan. I dream.”

Yeah. Let’s all, Go. Do that.

And check out the rest of the lyrics:

I get my thing in action (Verb!)
To be, to sing, to feel, to live (Verb!)
(That’s what’s happenin’)

I put my heart in action (Verb!)
To run, to go, to get, to give (Verb!)
(You’re what’s happenin’)

That’s where I find satisfaction, yeah! (Yeah!)
To search, to find, to have, to hold
(Verb! To be bold)
When I use my imagination (Verb!)
I think, I plot, I plan, I dream
Turning in towards creation (Verb!)
I make, I write, I dance, I sing
When I’m feeling really active (Verb!)
I run, I ride, I swim, I fly!
Other times when life is easy
(Oh!) I rest, I sleep, I sit, I lie.

(Verb! That’s what’s happenin’)
I can take a noun and bend it,
Give me a noun –
(Bat, boat, rake, and plow)
Make it a verb and really send it!
(Show me how)
Oh, I don’t know my own power. (Verb!)

I get my thing in action (Verb!)
In being, (Verb!) In doing, (Verb!)
In saying
A verb expresses action, being, or state of being. A verb makes a statement. Yeah, a verb tells it like it is!

(Verb! That’s what’s happenin’.)
I can tell you when it’s happenin’,
(Past, present, future tense)
Ooh! Tell you more about what’s happenin’,
(Say it so it makes some sense)
I can tell you who is happenin’!
(Verb, you’re so intense)
Every sentence has a subject.
(Noun, person, place, or thing)
Find that subject: Where’s the action?
(Verb can make a subject sing)
Take the subject: What is it? (What!)
What’s done to it? (What!)
What does it say?
(Verb, you’re what’s happenin’)

I can question like: What is it?
(Verb, you’re so demanding.)
I can order like: Go get it!
(Verb, you’re so commanding.)
When I hit I need an object
(Verb, hit! Hit the ball!)
When I see, I see the object
(Do you see that furthest wall?)

If you can see it there, put the ball over the fence, man!
Go ahead. Yeah, alright.
What?! He hit it. It’s going, it’s going, it’s gone!


I get my thing in action.
(Verb, that’s what’s happenin’)
To work, (Verb!)
To play, (Verb!)
To live, (Verb!)
To love… (Verb!…)


4 responses to “Rock.— A Theme Song! “I think. I plot. I plan. I dream.”

  1. Nodding. As in nodding in time to the music. I remember watching these as a kid, and yes, I can still sing some of them, sadly enough! Conjunction Junction, what’s your function…?

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