Lovin’ the Mac

October 25, 2007

Journal, Lauren

Good thing my boss doesn’t read this, or I’d make her pretty mad. She’s got this classroom rating thing that says it would be good for children to have a listening center. Phewsh. (That’s a scoffing sound.) Have you ever seen classroom listening centers? They’re nothing like they seem in the catalogs. Headphones all a-tangle, the audio tapes that get destroyed by children jabbing at buttons you’ve told them not to jab, the actual machine being jabbed beyond tolerance, books ripping, cats eating dogs. It’s mayhem, I tell you, mayhem.

Being the rebellious type that I am, I decided to go ahead and have a listening center….. my way – the ‘re-inventing the wheel, gadgety, too complicated’ way. (Mind you, I should say that at no point did she actually say that I had to have a listening center. She was quite gracious and understanding in hearing my grievances.)

I have the recording program Garage Band on the iMac, and in addition to recording requiems, turns out I can read a story¿ add some background music, and put it on my Shuffle. A couple of cheap headphones from Wal-Mart, and we’re good to go. I think they could swallow the Shuffle and it would survive.

Can you see the shuffle?

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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12 Responses to “Lovin’ the Mac”

  1. Brad Said on:

    You should slip subliminal messages in…

    “Peter Rabbit went down the (Obey Mrs. Sommerer!) bunny trail.”

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  2. Deanne Said on:

    Lauren is my new favorite teacher!! You rock, putting stories on the shuffle!!

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  3. Peggy Said on:

    “There was a young lad who swallowed a shuffle,
    I don’t know why he swallowed a shuffle,
    Perhaps he’ll die.”

    (sorry … but it’s gloomy here)

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  4. Annette Said on:

    Ahhhh!!!! The spoils of reverse psychology!

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  5. Lauren Said on:

    Has no one found the surprise yet? Not the Shuffle -- something else.

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    • Laura Numeroff Said on:

      I found it!!!
      It’s what “Lauren’s Do Best!”

      Reply

    • Kristi Said on:

      That’s awesome! The way you say, “Turn the page.” is just so sweet. It’s much more pleasant than that awful noise in other recordings. It always reminded me of the hearing test from the school nurse, “Raise your hand when you hear a sound.”

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  6. Peggy Said on:

    That’s awesome! But that little thingamajig wasn’t there this morning. It will be my bedtime story tonight. I haven’t had someone read to me since forever!

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  7. Peggy Said on:

    Not all mommies can help “you make the garden grow”. 🙁 But some can make some really cool obstacle courses indoors.

    Can’t you please finish the book, and then do the flip one.

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