Mother Goose on the Loose is an award-winning literacy program designed for children ages birth to 6 years. Our youngest community members will have a chance to get free books and enjoy special storytimes when Mother Goose visits area childcare centers.
Mother Goose on the Loose is designed to help young children gain:
The Mother Goose on the Loose literacy program is a “proven method for planning and presenting programs that focuses on the whole child and incorporates research-based theories of learning, music, puppets, picture books, nursery rhymes, art, play, and language. It helps young children develop and strengthen early literacy and school readiness skills in a nurturing environment through engaging activities.” (www.mgol.net). Mother Goose on the Loose was designed and developed by Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen, a children’s librarian and recipient of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies’ Leadership and Professional Achievement Award for revolutionizing storytimes for young children.
Mother Goose will provide free age-appropriate books to children during the storytimes to encourage children to continue learning with their parents at home. The initiative is designed to help parents and providers engage with children and understand the skills their child is learning through the activities introduced in the storyimes. Through repetition and flexibility, “Mother Goose” can demonstrate how easily adaptable elements of the storytime are to mimic at home or at a childcare center.
Statistics indicate 33% of Champaign County kindergartners are unprepared on their first day of school. (www.uwayhelps.org) Mother Goose on the Loose is designed to help children develop kindergarten readiness skills and pre-reading skills. Through “principles of 80% repetition, 10 recurring sections, 2 developmental tips per session, and built-in opportunities to give positive reinforcement,” the program “helps children acquire a rich vocabulary and strengthens foundational reading skills. Mother Goose on the Loose gives children opportunities to practice turn-taking, direction following, paying attention, and showing appreciation to others. The age-appropriate listening, moving, and singing that takes place in Mother Goose on the Loose exercises fine and gross motor skills, fosters speech development, keeps children’s interest for an extended period of time, gives children opportunities to make scientific observations regarding cause and effect, and provides a joyful introduction to the world of books and reading.” (www.mgol.net)
Mother Goose on the Loose provides recurring storytimes at specific locations in Champaign and Urbana in addition to participating in community events. For more information, contact the Champaign Public Library’s Mother Goose, Dana Antonelli, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presented in partnership with United Way of Champaign County.