I’m sure that part of the reason I found grammar enjoyable in high school was because I learned the basics of what the function of a conjunction is and the fact that a noun is a person, place or thing from "Schoolhouse Rock!". I was a Saturday morning cartoon junkie as a kid, and the "Schoolhouse Rock!" short educational films that aired between cartoons like “Hong Kong Phooey” and “Josie and the Pussycats” were just as entertaining to me as the cartoons.

The first episode of “Schoolhouse Rock!” made its debut on January 6, 1973. “Three is a Magic Number,” which was created to help children learn the times tables through song, was the first.

There’s only one episode that deals specifically with food, “The Body Machine.” It’s a bit simplistic about the nutrients that our bodies need, but it does touch on the fact that we need a variety of foods to fuel our bodies.

Mayonnaise might not be the best example of the type of fat our bodies need, but it was correct in the fact that we do need fat. If the video was created today, I’m sure it would be a little more specific about things like “unsaturated fats” and “whole grain carbohydrates,” but it was based off the nutrition information that was being taught in the 1970s. It would still be a good video to show your kids.

What’s your favorite “Schoolhouse Rock!” video? Mine has always been “The Preamble.” Come on. Sing it with me. “We the people…”

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Happy 40th birthday ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’
Schoolhouse Rock! debut on January 6, 1973 and is now 40 years old.