This past Thursday, September 30th 2021, marked the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We honoured and we remembered, and we continue to learn from our tragic and painful history. We encourage Parent-Child Mother Goose programs to begin their sessions with a land acknowledgement, to give thanks and honour the traditional territories of the Indigenous Peoples.
Did you know September is National LITERACY MONTH? Literacy is so much more than reading! It’s your ability to listen, speak, write and understand.
This is a time to snuggle up, get close, and encourage your littles to explore literacy – and what better way to encourage literacy development, then through the power and pleasure of songs, rhymes and oral stories!
The words in songs become the building blocks for vocabulary. Even if your little is too little to say or sing the words of the songs, the actions that are often paired with a song can act as a great introduction to expressive language. By singing songs, rhyming and telling oral stories, we are gifting our children with literacy tools, such as phonological awareness (hearing the sounds that make up words), rhythm and syllables (which we need to break down words into ‘chunks’), and the ability to rhyme. Songs, rhymes and oral stories are a wonderful way to promote movement, language, literacy and learning.
The best part about using Mother Goose songs, stories and rhymes…? It offers a new way to connect with your child. It offers a new way to communicate, a new way to play, and a new way to bond with your family.
September reminds us that these magical moments should be celebrated. Songs, oral stories and rhymes are wonderfully powerful way to promote literacy.
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We teach transition songs often in our Parent-Child Mother Goose groups. Transition songs are a wonderful tool to use throughout daily routine living, whether you’re at home, out in the community, or getting ready for a new activity. Transition songs are a great way to make life predictable for children, thereby boosting self-esteem and confidence. Transition songs make expectations clear and easier to understand, boost language skills, and help with emotional regulation. Finally, transition songs add an element of connection between you and your child(ren).
Whether you’re about to have a nutritious snack, have a bath, or it’s time to clean up your toys, we have a transition song/rhyme for you!
What is your favorite transition song to sing?
Fishes in the ocean, Fishes in the sea! We’ll all stand up on ONE, TWO… THREE!