Mother Goose on the Loose®

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$93.00
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$ 83.70
Item Number: 
978-1-55570-536-7
Published: 
2006
Publisher: 
ALA Neal-Schuman
Pages: 
461
Width: 
8 12"
Height: 
11"
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Let Mother Goose on the loose in your library and jump-start children's learning and brain development. Here are activities that will build motor, music, social, and pre-literacy skills in infants and toddlers. Mother Goose on the Loose incorporates books, rhymes, fingerplays, flannelboard stories, music, dance, and child-parent interaction into dynamic programs that will bring whole families into the library.

Award-winning program creator Betsy Diamant-Cohen offers this valuable manual that helps librarians and educators create their own Mother Goose on the Loose® (MGOL) routines with ready-to-use plans and materials. The guide features ten MGOL programs--each one with complete scripts and instructions! In addition, you'll find planning and scheduling sheets for implementing the program and instructions for designing your own original MGOL sessions. Chapters outline the learning process for infants and toddlers, including the importance of repetition, ritual, play, reading, movement, and music; provide tips for communicating with parents; and suggest ways to incorporate books, instruments, and props. Diamant-Cohen includes suggestions for expanding and evaluating the MGOL program and a list of FAQs (and answers) for sharing with parents and administrators. The companion CD-ROM features all of the rhymes and songs as well as a complete Mother Goose on the Loose® script.

Betsy Diamant-Cohen

Betsy Diamant-Cohen believes that the best way to learn is through play. She created and developed the nationally-replicated "Mother Goose on the Loose" (named a "National Early Literacy Best Practice" in 2015) program, for which she was awarded the 2018 Alexandre Vattermare Award for Creativity in Libraries. Betsy enjoys presenting training workshops, webinars, and online courses for librarians. Member of the ALSC Early Childhood Services and Programs Committee, her website is www.mgol.net and Twitter handle is @MGOtL.

"In the award-winning Mother Goose on the Loose (MGOL) library program, inspired by Barbara Cass-Beggss' work, Diamant-Cohen uses books, songs, instruments, rhymes, and props to promote early literacy, school-readiness, and other skills in children up to age two ... Diamant-Cohen's developmentally appropriate ideas for incorporating musical instruments and music concepts, and promoting social and motor skills, can be useful additions to any program for the preschool-and-under set."
--School Library Journal
 "I swear I don't work for Neal-Schuman Publishers when I say that this is the motherlode of Mother Goose planning ... From the introduction of our 'goosey' to the closing lullaby, the babies were completely engaged. Parents kept marveling at how nice it was for the library to offer a program for their little ones. As for myself, leading that first Baby Lapsit was one of my biggest professional accomplishments."
--Adaena Hornstrom, Allegheny County Public Libraries
 "This outstanding resource provides everything a librarian needs to plan and implement a successful, high-quality program for babies and their caregivers."
--Library Journal (Starred Review)