Happy Groundhog Day
Today is Groundhog Day, when we pretend a big rodent can actually predict the weather. (Tee hee!) According to NPR this morning, Punxsutawney Phil did, in fact, see his shadow, so we are in for six more weeks of winter. Staten Island Chuck, however, is supposedly much more accurate, and he did not see his shadow. I know we hit record high temperatures over the weekend - it was in the 70s, in January! - but today is only supposed to be 36. I just want snow. Sigh.
If you're looking for Groundhog Day books, Scholastic put together a decent list. The NEA has an activities list for teachers, which you could probably adapt for home use.
Perhaps you'd prefer some music? I thought I'd find a couple of songs my babies loved when they were tiny. Here is Lisa Loeb and Elizabeth Mitchell performing their version of the old folk tune "Oh Groundhog," from their album Catch the Moon.
Big Sis's first favorite TV show was Jack's Big Music Show on Noggin/Nick Jr. One season 2 episode, "Groundhog Day," guest-starred Jon Stewart as a weather guy, chasing an escaped groundhog. One of the music videos was called "I Hog the Ground," performed by Steve Burns (from Blue's Clues!) and Steven Drozd (from The Flaming Lips). (See here.)
But of course, the first thing that pops in to my mind when I think of Groundhog Day - and especially Punxsutawney Phil - is Bill Murray.
If you're a streamer, it's currently on Hulu for subscribers, or it can be rented via multiple services. I have the DVD somewhere, but I'm lazy - Hello, Hulu!