It started on Monday. After school, my daughter started talking to me about going noodle. She’s only two weeks into her first year, so it crossed my mind that she had veered into the nonsense talk of delirious tiredness. But, my Year 2 son shouted down the stairs, ‘I do go noodle too!’
More of a reliable narrator, he explained it a little better before offering to show it to me on the iPad (Always so willing to show me something on the iPad, that one). And then, my first fatal mistake: I let him show me on the iPad. And this is what I saw.
So, you see? Exactly. I hope that clears things up for you, but if not: from what I can glean, GoNoodle has made a series of videos to get children moving in the classroom. These ‘core-aligned physical activities’ (!) give students ‘brain breaks’ in between sessions or whenever they need them.
"Hey mummy, hey what, are you ready, for what, to pop, pop what?"
All our conversations this week have followed much along those lines. "My hands are high my feet are low and this is how we pop see ko", we say to each other over breakfast and on the way to school in the morning. And then I sit at work wondering whether it would be appropriate to pop see ko (is it a verb?) in the office, because I need a brain break, too?
In the evening, children fast asleep two floors above me, I put the video on to show my husband what we endlessly sing. This was my fatal mistake number two: it triggers some kind of Pavlovian response, gets to them in their dreams, and before I know it they are in the kitchen with us reaching their hands up high and their feet down low, this is how they pop see ko.
Is there a support group I can join? Can I request that the school gives me a list of things not to agree to look at on YouTube, to save me from catchy songs in future?
Is it even safe to venture onto the school grounds anymore, or am I to be greeted with GoNoodle on interactive whiteboards as I cross through the threshold?