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.
- About the Author
Not only is Mother Goose on the Loose (MGOL) a fun-filled approach that nurtures early literacy and school readiness skills in young children, it’s also extremely flexible. Demonstrating how librarians, educators, and caregivers have adapted MGOL for a variety of settings, this book provides the inspiration and groundwork to enable others to do the same. Presented in easily readable modules, among the contexts explored are
- specific settings such as museums, outdoor venues, Early Head Starts, homes and home daycares, schools, prisons, and laundromats;
- MGOL for children with special needs, children in hospitals, parents of premature infants, teen moms, and other special audiences;
- multicultural MGOL, including programs in other languages and programs that focus on cultural heritage and religious traditions;
- ways to use MGOL with adults, including mentoring educators, involving senior citizens, and training parents as facilitators; and
- MGOL in libraries, including ways to adapt it for different age groups, parent-education programs, and as themed sessions for summer reading clubs.
Diamant-Cohen also offers social media tips for pop-up programs, suggestions for using digital media, guidance on enlisting volunteers, and more. This resource will enable presenters to offer these fun-filled programs to children and caregivers wherever early literacy is needed—which is everywhere!