“Mother Goose on the Loose” is a thirty-minute literacy program designed for children from birth to age three and their caregivers. The program was developed by Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen, and combines principles of successful
library “lapsit” programs and elements from Barbara Cass-Beggs successful music enrichment programs entitled, “Your Baby Needs Music” and “Your Child Needs Music”.
“Mother Goose on the Loose” incorporates findings in child
development and brain research with activities and methods that promote early literacy and school readiness skills. Each session follows a script that uses repetition; and tactile, rhyme, rhythm, listening, and movement activities.
Typical sessions begin with the poem “Old Mother Goose” followed by finger plays, flannel board activities, puppet shows, stories, songs, movement activities, playing with scarves, bells, and drums, and interactive play. Each session ends with a lullaby, a quiet poem, and a signature good-bye.
The program’s design and implementation carefully considers aspects of brain development in babies and young children. Research shows that the development of intellectual, emotional, and social intelligence in babies and children is most affected by experiences that are frequent, regular and predictable; experiences that occur in the context of a warm and supportive environment; experiences that are associated with positive emotion and play; and experiences that encourage a child’s curiosity and initiative.
Mother Goose on the Loose can be found in the following towns on Cape Cod:
West Falmouth Library: Tuesdays & Fridays at both 10:15 & 11:15am Storyboat for older children (2.9-5 yrs) at same time. No sessions on Nov 6. There is also a Wednesday afternoon session at 4:15 for working parents but you need to call ahead to sign up: 508-548-4709.
Welfleet Public Library: Thursdays at 9:30am. Please call Martha Gordon for more information! 508-349-0310
West Tisbury Library: Mondays & Fridays at 10:30am
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