I first started recording my GG Sprinkles videos back in March, hoping that there would be some value in them for young children and their parents. We had just started sheltering at home and schools were out for the duration. I wanted to do a combination of entertaining and light-hearted instructing, mostly entertaining. I knew the videos needed to run not much more than five minutes, certainly no more than ten. We began recording a video a day and then eventually cut back to three a week. After I made my way through every poem in my book A Duck in the Sky, I needed to write more. And more. Working from an extensive list of topics for children, I discovered that my initial instincts had been good, but I needed to reach further. And little ones I know contributed topics that proved challenging (and often humorous) as subjects for poetry. Before I could write my poetry about certain topics, I needed to research, and I have learned so much about a wide range of topics, from planets to octopuses. And go ahead, ask me anything about superheroes! So this has become quite a time-intensive project, and I have loved absolutely every minute of it, both the preparation and the presentation.
My first videos are a tad awkward; I wasn’t at home in front of the camera, although I’m doing better. I was still a bit shy in front of my classes after teaching for thirty years, so I guess that’s no surprise. My first video set out to tell the little ones and parents who I was and what I wanted to accomplish, which was to entertain using something I think is really important to young children—poetry. My first topic was the fun of pretending and the importance of using your imagination and how reading can inspire both of those. So, let’s pretend!