Bedford Public Library

Bedford, New Hampshire

Developing Early Literacy through Storytime

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 11:04am -- Miss Carla

In December Miss Lee Ann and Miss Carla attended the Mother Goose on the Loose workshop and returned with some extraordinary early literacy tips we’re excited to share in our story times.

Mother Goose on the Loose is a nationwide, research-based early literacy program facilitated by a presenter that uses nursery rhymes to create positive connections between children and their caregivers. Caregivers learn about their child’s development through “developmental tips,” which we will be sharing in more of our sessions to come.

Our very own Miss Lee Ann has been running a closely aligned version of this story time for the past 2.5 years. The repetitive structure of the Mother Goose Storytime provides engaging and entertaining experiences to infants along with their caregivers that foster early literacy and learning skills. The warm nurturing tone of the program encourages a sense of safety and promotes healthy baby brain growth.

Children attending this story time develop early literacy through interactive nursery rhymes. They find a love for learning through music, voice, movement, picture books and snuggles that build healthy bodies and healthy minds. Social and emotional skills such as taking turns, following directions, showing appreciation to others, developing confidence in themselves and playing with others are all important school readiness skills that are developed during the youngest years of your child’s life. Lastly, your child’s fine and gross motor skills are developed through finger plays, dance and physical exercise.

The Mother Goose on the Loose program utilizes the “Listen, Like, Learn” approach. Listen - The rhyme/song is said twice. Once by the presenter then again by the group. Like – The more a rhyme/song is repeated, the more it is liked. Learn – The more you listen and like, the quicker you will learn.

For more information about Mother Goose on the Loose or any of our storytimes, you can visit https://mgol.net/ or chat with Miss Lee Ann, Miss Carla or Miss Emily!

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