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Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Responsibilties / Rules Of The Road

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Coming up next on

Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures.

We'll talk more about responsibilities

when you get home from school okay?


Betsy, responsibilities means chores.


(water squirting)


Aah! Aah!

(brakes screeching)

We could all use a lesson

on school bus safety.

(lyrics) A, B, C, and 1, 2, 3

It's Kindergarten time for you and me

Climb aboard and take a seat

For Kindergarten Bus's best seat.

Meet new friends along the way

And have adventures every day

It's Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures.

Come on, Betsy.

It's almost time for school.

Aah! Oh my goodness.

(baby talk)

I can't find Super Fun Sandy's

fairy princess crown anyplace.

And it's Super Fun Sandy Fairy Princess day.

Betsy, just look at this room.

I guess it got a little messed up.

(dog barking)


(baby talk)

Ah, is this it?

You found it.

You're the best mom in the whole world.

Hmm, I thought Super Fun Sandy

was a veterinarian.

She is, and a fairy princess,

and an astronaut,

and an olympic gymnast,

oh, and a ballerina.

She has a lot of jobs.

Hmm. Sounds like she has a lot

of responsibilities.

What are responsibilities?

Responsibilities, it means people depend

on her to do her job.

Like the way the elves

in Super Fun Fairyland depend on

Fairy Princess Super Fun Sandy

to keep the mud pixies from taking over?

Something like that.

We'll talk more about responsibilities

when you get home from school okay?


Come on, Kevin.

Let's walk Betsy ...

Oh, no!


Gracie, get back here with Kevin's clothes.

Good morrow, milady.

(laughs) What does that mean Bus Driver Bob?

Section 3, Paragraph 7

of the bus driver's handbook and I quote,

"When any female passenger boards a bus

"wearing a tiara she is to be greeted as milady."

That's the way people greeted princesses

in olden days.

That's right,

and it's my responsibility to greet every member

of royalty who rides on my bus

with the proper respect.

In that case, good morrow, milady,

to you too.

Uh, uh, thanks.

I just love Fairy Princess Day.

Me too.

It's okay I guess,

but I prefer Super Fun Sandy All Star Sports Day.

Ah, good morrow, milady.

She is not a milady, Bus Driver Bob.

She is a fairy queen.

Ah, well, forgive me, Your Majesty.

Well, all right.

Good morning, plain princesses.

Hey, Molly.

Hmm, nice hat.

This is not a hat.

It is a crown.

You guys have fairy princesses.

I have a fairy queen so from now on

you all have to call her Your Majesty.

What makes a fairy queeen

different from a fairy princess, Molly?

A bigger crown for one thing,

and queen's have more responsibilities

than princesses.

What are responsibilities?

I'm not sure,

but they must be valuable

because my father says he has a lot of them

at his office.

My mom said she wants to talk to me

about responsibilities after school today.


Wow, your mom want to talk to you

about responsibilities?

Uh huh. (negative)


What's wrong with responsibilities?

Betsy, responsibilities means chores.






Here you go, Sydney,

some nice pill bugs, beetles, earthworms,

and a couple of small millipedes.

That's quite a feast you prepared

for Sydney,

but why aren't you feeding him any mealworms?

Well, I noticed Sydney hadn't been eating

his mealworms lately.


Uh huh. (affirmative)

So I looked up salamanders on my computer

and found out that salamanders

like to have different kinds of things to eat.

Really? I had no idea.

Sure. I mean mealworms every day?

That would be like eating bologna sandwiches

for breakfast, lunch and dinner

for a whole year.

Sounds good to me.

I love bologna sandwiches. (laughter)

You certainly are taking

good care of Sydney.

Taking care of Sydney this week

is my responsibility so I want to do my best.

I'm sure Sydney appreciates it.

Hello, Betsy.

Oh, my is something wrong?

You look worried.

Are responsibilities good things,

or bad things?

What a very interesting question.

I think that's something we should talk about

in morning circle today.

Okay, everyone.

It's morning circle time.

Good morning, everyone.

Good morning, Mrs. O'Connor.

Today I want to talk a little bit

about responsibilities.


Excuse me, Principal Warner,

would you and Bus Driver Bob step in here

for a moment please?

Does anyone here know what responsibilities are?

(laughs) I'm sure you 2 know.

I was asking the children.

Oh. Oh.



Responsibilities means work.

Yes, but there's more

to responsibility than just work.

Do teachers have responsibilities?

We certainly do.

A teacher's responsibility is to teach

the students what they need to know

so that they can move on to the next grade.

So I was right.

Responsibilities means work.

Yes, but responsibility means

other things too.

It also means doing what's right,

and following rules.

Principal Warner, would you please tell us

what your responsibilities are?


Well, I guess you could say

it's my responsibility to watch over everything

that goes on at Lakeshore School.

So you just watch stuff?

You don't do anything?


Woops, sorry, sir.

As principal it is my

responsibility to hire the teachers

at Lakeshore School

and help them improve their skills.

I do this by watching how the teachers teach

talking with them about how they plan

to teach their students.

That's a big responsibility.

It is, but I'm very proud

of the work I do.

And I'm proud of all of our fine teachers.

I'm sure now we all have

a much greater understanding

of the work you do at Lakeshore School.

Oh, well, thank you.

And what about you, Bus Driver Bob?

What are your responsibilities?

Me? I guess you could say

my responsibility is to make sure everyone gets

to school and home again on time,

and safe and sound.

That's a very big responsibility

because to be a safe bus driver,

Bus Driver Bob has many rules

that he has to follow,

and that's a big responsibility.

So responsibility means not only

doing your job,

but following rules too?


So responsibilities are good things.

They certainly are.

(bell rings)

Oh, my! There's the recess bell.

Yes, which means it's now

your responsibility to all go outside and play.


Oh, Billy, I was wondering

if you would like to have

a special classroom responsibility today.

Responsibility? Me?

Yes, I want you to be responsible

for making sure everyone in class

gets 1 of these papers today.

Well, I would, but ...

Thank you, Billy.

Now don't forget.

It's a big responsibility.

I'll leave them on your desk

and you can pass them out after recess.

(mumble) Responsibilities.

It sure sounds like everybody has


Sure. My responsibility this week

is to make sure all the blocks

in the classroom are put away neatly

so none of the pieces get lost.

And my responsibility this week

is to take care of Sydney.

Yes, but those are all school responsibilities.

Well, if I'm in a play,

it's my responsibility to learn all my lines

and make sure that I'm wonderful.

Then I guess it's my responsibility

to follow all of Miss Vandermeere's rules

and instructions.

Who's Miss Vandermeere?

My piano teacher.

She's very exclusive.

You could have responsibilities at home too.

You can?

Uh huh. (affirmative)

My responsibility at home is to help

my big brother mow the lawn

and to take out the garbage.

I help my mom set the table.

Really? I do that too.

My responsibility at home

is to feed Shakespeare.

He's my pet goldfish.

Oh, and keep my room neat.

Golly, what everyone said really

made me think.

Maybe I should have some responsibilities.


My dad's responsibility is to fly his jet

all over the world making sure his passengers

all arrive safe.

And my mom has a lot of responsibilities too.

She takes care of Kevin and me,

and she does all the shopping,

and cooking, and cleaning.

Maybe I could have some responsibilities

at home and help her.


You see? Work, work, work.

Responsibilities mean chores.

Do you have any responsibilities, Billy?

Well, I do now.

Mrs. O'Connor just gave me

a classroom responsibility.

I have to pass out papers

to everyone after recess.

Wow, that sounds important.

Yeah, but maybe if I forgot

to pass out the papers,

Mrs. O'Connor wouldn't give me

any more responsibilities.

I don't think that's a good idea, Billy.

When someone gives you a responsibility,

you should always do your very best.

(bell rings)

Before we get started,

I've given Billy some papers to pass out to you.

They're permission slips

that must be signed by a grown-up,

and returned tomorrow for our field trip

to the Lakeshore Ice Cream Factory, and ...

Here you go.

Don't forget to bring it home.

Be sure your mom or dad signs it.

Remember it's your responsibility.

Don't forget.

All finished, Mrs. O'Connor.

Everyone got 1.

In fact, some of them got 2.

(laughs) It sure looks like

I picked the right person for this job.

Well, Mrs. O'Connor, it's like I always say,

when someone give you a responsibility,

you should always do your very best.

(laughs) It looks like Billy

really changed his mind about responsibilities.




(baby talk)

Why Betsy, this room looks beautiful.

It's so neat.

I know.

What happened?


I thought maybe I should help you more.

What a wonderful idea.

You sure are growing up.

Yeah, I know.

(cooing and laughing)

Kevin, how did you get out of your crib?

Oh, no.


Gracie strikes again.

Oh, why does that silly little dog

feel she has to bury Kevin's clothes?

Maybe Gracie thinks that's her responsibility.


One of the things I really like

about Kindergarten is that you never know

what to expect each day.


(happy music)

Weekends are fun,

but I like school better.


Vroom, vroom, vroom.



Vroom, vroom, vroom, vroom, vroom.

Not now Kitty.

I'll feed you after Betsy leaves for school



What do you want you silly cat?

Oh, no.

(baby talk)

Oh, well, at least I should be grateful

you've managed to keep your sneakers on.


(cat squealing)

Betsy, why are you making so much noise?

I'm announcing that I'm ready for school.

(horn blowing)

(baby talk)

Maybe you should keep that horn at home.

I can't.

I need it for show and tell.

All right, but let's not make

so much noise okay?

It's almost time for the bus.

Yay! (blows horn)

And please let's not blow that horn

in the house.



(running) (thud)

(baby talk)


Okay, that's enough noise.

But Kevin really likes it.

Dont you, Kevin?


I'm sure he does,

but that horn is very loud

and I don't want you disturbing our neighbors.

Oh, and I certainly don't want you

blowing it on the school bus.

Oh, okay.

(bus drives up)

Good morning, ladies.

Say, do you know why cows can't be bus drivers?

I don't know. Why?

Because their horns don't work.


(horn blowing)

Betsy, what did I say

about blowing that horn?

I was just showing Bus Driver Bob.

I'm glad you showed it to me now,

and not while I was driving.

Bye, mom. Bye, Kevin.

Have a good day!

(baby talk)

Grown-ups sure get tired

of loud noises quickly.

I wonder if I could blow it softly.

No, I better not.

Mom said she didn't want me

blowing the horn on the bus.

Hello, Billy.

What's in the jar?

Millipedes, Bus Driver Bob, 473 millipedes.

Want to see them?

Uh, no thanks.

Hi, Betsy. Want to see my millipedes?

Bugs? No thanks.

Good morning, everybody.

Hi, Bus Driver Bob.

What's in the bag, Newton?

A remote control blimp.


Hello, Molly.

Hello, Scott.

My goodness, Molly.

Don't you look lovely?

Well, yes I know.

This is my costume

from my dance recital last week.

Oooh, it must have been

very elegant.

Yes, as it was by invitation only.

(bus door closes) (bus drives away)

Hi, Billy.

What's in the jar?

473 millipedes.

Um, why don't you have any holes

in the top of your jar?

Why would I need holes?

So your bugs can breathe.

Ah, oh no. Breathe! Breathe!

I think they're going to be okay.

They're squirming.

I've told you about my Uncle Bonkers.

He's a real circus clown.

Last night he gave me this silly flower.

Come closer and smell my beautiful flower.

(water squirting)


Aah! Aah!

What's going on back there?

Oh, no.

Bugs! Bugs! There's a bug.

Molly! Look out!


Ow, my eye! Aaah! Bugs!

Don't hurt my millipedes.

Calm down everyone, please.

Everybody pay attention.

Bus Driver Bob is talking.

Shhh! Be quiet!


Look out for my millipedes!

You better put that squirting flower away.

Molly, look out!


My eye! Oh, my eye! My eye!

Sorry, Molly.

What's going on back there?

Everybody, listen to Bus Driver Bob.

Are you saying this is my fault?

Uh huh. (affirmative)

I thought it was Billy's fault.

My fault?

Shh! Everybody be quiet.

(blows horn)

(brakes screeching)

Oh, my!

Is everyone all right?

Yes, Bus Driver Bob.

Oh, thank goodness.


(bus stops) (door opens)

You're 15 minutes late,

Bus Driver Bob.

Yes, sir, I know.

We ran into a little trouble on the road.

Well, nevertheless,

you know how I like to keep things on schedule.

Yes, Principal Warner.

Just remember Bob,

time is of the essence,

and there's no time like the present

because time and tide wait for no one.

Is that clear?

Hmm. Yes, sir.

I want you all to know

I'm very disappointed in your behavior today.

We're sorry, Bus Driver Bob.


Well, you'd better get on

to your classroom.

Mrs. O'Connor will be waiting for you.

Okay everyone,

it's morning circle time.

Let's all come together.

My goodness what a bunch of sad faces.

Is anything the matter?

No, Mrs. O'Connor.

Yes, Molly?

There is so something the matter

Mrs. O'Connor.


Yeah, I don't want to ride

a school bus ever again.


You don't mean that.

Do you Molly?

I certainly do.

I have been covered with bugs,

poked in the eye with a giant rubber finger,

and attacked by a blimp.

A blimp?

Good heavens.

I just can't take any more.

It sounds like we could all use

a lesson on school bus safety,

and I know just the person to teach us.

Come along everyone.

Let's get into a nice orderly line.

Hold hands.

Come on, Molly.

I'll be your line partner.

Oh, okay.

Whatever Mrs. O'Connor was planning,

I sure hoped it would make Molly feel better.


Good morning, Bus Driver Bob.

Oh, good morning, Mrs. O'Connor.

What can I do for you?

I understand you had

a very unhappy ride to school today.

I thought a lesson on school bus safety

might help make sure that never happens again.

I think that is a wonderful idea.

Well, I don't.

I don't want to ride on the school bus ever again.

Please, Molly?

We'd all miss you if you weren't on the bus.

Okay, Molly,

but I'd like you to stand over here with me, okay?

Oh, okay.

I think we should start

with my top 10 important rules

for school bus safety.


Now, Rule #1 - Be on time.

Rule #2 - Grab the handrail when getting on the bus.

Rule #3 - Sit down and stay seated,

and always keep your seatbelt buckled.

Rule 4 - Talk quietly.

Don't yell or shout.

Rule 5 - Keep the aisles clear.

Rule 6 - Don't put your head, or arms,

or anything else out the school bus windows.

Rule 7 - Wait for the school bus to stop

before standing up.

Rule 8 - Use good manners when getting off the bus.

Don't push or shove.

Rule 9 - Never crawl under a school bus.

If you drop something near the bus,

just ask the driver to get it for you.


And finally, Rule 10 - If you have to cross the street,

wait for the driver to signal you

that it's safe to cross.


Those were all good rules,

Bus Driver Bob.


They are indeed.

Can anybody think of any other rules

to make riding the school bus safer?

Yes, Betsy.

Always obey the bus driver.

That's a very good rule.

How about you, Molly?

Can you think of any rules for school bus safety?



I thought after what you'd been through today

you might have some ideas.

Well, if you bring icky bugs on a bus

put air holes in the top of your jar

so you don't have to take off the lid.

That makes good sense, Molly.

(laughs) Eehh!

Oh, I'm just getting warmed up.

What else?

Remote control blimps,

water squirting flowers,

giant rubber fingers,

or any other things that can distract

the bus driver should be kept in bags

and not taken out until you reach school.

Wow! Those are great rules, Molly.

That also includes loud plastic horns.

Oh. (horn blowing softly)

Well, I'm going to have to add

your ideas to my list of bus safety rules, Molly.



They were all very good ideas.

Yeah, it's too bad you won't be riding

the bus anymore.

Um, what do you mean?

Well, if you're not on the bus

to remind us,

we might not remember any of your safety tips.

Betsy's right, Molly.

You are very good at reminding people of stuff.

That's for sure.

Mmm, well, I mean, I don't know.


Oh, all right,

but only because you all seem

to need me so much.


It looks like Molly was going

to keep riding the bus after all.

Best of all,

we all learned a lot about school bus safety.

Visit the Betsy's Kindergarten

Adventure's website and see how Betsy

is getting ready for school,

play games, color pictures,

and meet all of Betsy's friends


My friends and I love to read.

You can find all kinds of fun

and interesting books to read

at your local library.

Visit the library in your town today

to have your own adventures

just like me. (laughs)

Did you brush your teeth?

I sure did because brushing your teeth

helps keep them healthy and strong.

That's right.

(lively music)

(blub, blub, blub, blub)

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