We love Boomerang!
April 17, 2009
After Blair posted about Boomerang!, I knew it would be something my girls would like. I was right.
We downloaded an episode of this audiomagazine right before our spring break trip. Really, Fatty did the downloading because all things ipod related fall into his realm. He loaded it on Jane's ipod and my ipod for Kate. Both girls listened to it on the plane ride to Mexico. And then they listened to it again on the ride back home. Jane called it talk radio for kids and she's right.
I can see why they like it. It's educational and fun - kind of like NPR for the younger set. I liked listening to it and found myself learning a few new things as well. I knew the kids were sold on it and now so am I. I am going to subscribe - that's one issue a month. The bonus for me is that we can plug the ipod into the car stereo and all listen to it together while roadtripping this summer. Or they can put the headphones on and listen to it while Fatty and I rock out to something else. Sweet.
Go and check out the Boomerang! website. You can find out more of the specifics and see what it's all about. There is also a Boomerang! blog that is full of great ideas for things you can do with your kids. The easiest way to get Boomerang! is to buy it directly from the website - you can browse the episode list to get back issues, too. I am still somewhat amazed that this wonderful, kid-friendly, educational resource has been around for a long time and I didn't know about it. If you like it, please spread the word. I'd like to see Boomerang! around for many more years.
Thanks for reminding me! I meant to download it when Blair blogged about it, but of course I forgot.
Posted by: caroline | April 17, 2009 at 04:27 PM
Thank you Erin, I'm so glad the girls love it. I'm happy to say that since they switched over to the new website, we've also recoded each of the episodes, so they make more sense when they are downloaded. We are devotees here, and probably will be for a long time to come!
Posted by: blair | April 17, 2009 at 04:35 PM
Our kids listened to Boomerang on cassette tapes back in the late 80's!!! Wicked cool stuff...
Posted by: Karen at sew and sow life | April 17, 2009 at 07:45 PM
Boomerang! has been around for a while and I have been a subscriber from the beginning...my son will be 18 this month. Here's my opinion, for what it is worth. I think that the earliest issues are the best. In the beginning, they had a segment about a boy and his rhubarb and banana stand which explained various economic issues. Really great segment definitely a favorite. My all time most memorable issue is Issue 7 from 1991: The Big Idea is Cigarettes, Smoke and Us. After listening to this, my son swore he would never touch a cigarette; and he never has. Give that one a listen, it's an oldy, but a goody.
Posted by: Alexis | April 17, 2009 at 07:48 PM
Wow, I had no idea! This sounds so great!
Posted by: Grace | April 17, 2009 at 08:13 PM
Thanks a million for the links, I hadn't heard about this project before.
Posted by: Dorit | April 18, 2009 at 04:25 AM
i have to check this out!
Posted by: leslie | April 18, 2009 at 08:48 AM