Monday, November 17, 2008
Game Show, Anyone??
Jake has decided he wants to be a game show host when he grows up.
He loves game shows and I think his favourite tv channel is GSN. He knows about all the game shows, both past and present. He researches things like how many different hosts a particular game show had, how old each of those hosts are and if they are still living, how long the game show ran....all kinds of interesting things. And....he learns so much from these shows ....like many, many interesting facts and math skills. Honestly, he learned to read large figure numbers (like thousands and hundreds of thousands and millions etc.) from watching these shows. As we walked the other night, I was asking him what two quarters of a million was and four quarters of a million and seven quarters of a million. He didn't miss a beat....the answers rolled off his tongue sooner than I even had the question out.
(Just as an aside....Jake does not like George Bush. His reason? Well...one time when he was about 5 or 6, he was watching "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?". The contestant was just about to answer the million dollar question .....when the tv station cut away to air a press conference given by George Bush. Jake was NOT impressed. He came stamping up the stairs..."How dare he interrupt my show!!!" "Just who is this George Bush guy anyway??? and why is what he has to say so important???" No amount of my explaining to him would do and to this day he is still upset at George Bush for interrupting his show. The nerve, eh? It did lead to a productive conversation and a great learning time though about the U.S., and how they have Presidents instead of Prime Ministers like we have...so it wasn't a total loss)
He also has his own game shows that he already runs. More than once he's organized our family into teams. He decorates the game show set, he makes up the game(s) and rules and decides on the prizes. The above picture of Jake is of him in his official role as game show host. That thing clipped on his shirt (most people would call it a pen)...that's his clip on microphone.
He has a game that he plays with me. It happens at 8:30 p.m. each weekday night. I've won money....and lots of it...millions in fact, as well as trucks (Tonka), cars (matchbox), laptops (Vtech children's type), pictures of my kids...oooh the prize list is quite impressive. Too bad, I've yet to actually collect any of this money I've won. One time, the only prize was a half-used air freshener. When I asked him how come that was the only prize tonight, he said, "Well, we couldn't find any others." *grin*
So...be on the lookout. If he has his way, he'll be hosting a game show somewhere, somehow, sometime.