Tigers, Survivor and Society, Oh My!

CJ and the Webmom
One of the coolest things about homeschooling is how you can take an everyday, incidental thing and turn it into a full-blown day of learning.

Today, for example, CJ found an old Zootles magazine dedicated to tigers. Which of course made the Webmom think of the Survivor song, “The Eye of the Tiger”.

You know, the Rocky song a lot of people play when they feel like they are the ant the world is getting ready to squish.

Naturally, that brought up questions about what the song really means, how important the tempo and specific sound elements are to the piece, why it gets used so much for motivation, if it really does motivate anyone (historic examples) and what it all has to do with a real tiger’s eye.

We haven’t even gotten to the Rocky movies. The Webmom isn’t sure they are something she wants CJ to see at this age but sometimes movies help document a time period.

Things that are popular during a time period resonated for a reason. What was going on then? How was a piece of entertainment relevant?

Sure, a lot of stuff is meant to entertain but sometimes, the author/songwriter/script writer had a bigger message that touched an entire generation. All while making a pretty penny.

Life science, music, social studies, history, money math and it all started with finding one of CJ’s old Zootle books …

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom




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