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The Power of Songs, Rhymes, and Stories at Bedtime

Music is powerful! Isn’t it amazing the ability of a song or rhyme to influence a mood or a
feeling? We use songs sung in our Parent-Child Mother Goose groups to help with transitions and routine daily living. One of these transitions that we like to focus on songs and rhymes is at bedtime.

We want our little ones to enter a stage of calm before bed. We want our little ones to wind down and relax, show us those heavy eyelids and those tremendous yawns, and we want our little ones to feel safe and ready for a restorative sleep. One way we can help with this is by
connecting through the power and pleasure of songs, rhymes and oral stories. Calm-down songs like ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’, ‘Yo Te Amo’, or ‘Love Grows’ provide the perfect opportunity to snuggle up to that safe parent/caregiver. That safety of connection allows the body to feel a sense of calm and security. These gentle, loving songs and rhymes signal to the body to lower heart rate, calm the mind, and get ready to fall asleep.

There is no sweeter way to connect with your children and sooth to sleep than with a loving
Parent-Child Mother Goose song, rhyme or story.

Night night, sleep tight….

*Image graciously borrowed from

This Little Piggy
Teaching us Valuable Lessons about Teamwork

This little piggy dug the garden,
And this little piggy pulled the weeds.
This little piggy poured the water,
And this little piggy planted the seeds.
And this little piggy cried a happy,

As their garden was now complete!

These green-thumbed piggies provide a wonderful example of teamwork. By working together, the piggies completed a task they can feel proud of. Simple finger plays are great for so many reasons – we teach body parts and body awareness, we connect through touch, and we gently explore complex topics such as teamwork and friendship.

Welcome SUMMER!

We’re pleased to present our Summer 2021 Newsletter. In this issue you’ll find some new stories, rhymes, songs and fingerplays. You’ll find National Council news, projects we’re working on, how you can help us, and a special greeting from Newfoundland and Labrador.

In this issue, we are featuring a heartwarming story about a program that truly keeps families and generations connected. Read about the MAGIC of the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program, and how programs keep family members connected despite distance or pandemic restrictions.

You can find a copy of our 2021 Summer Newsletter (along with all past editions) under our resources tab.

As always, we LOVE to hear from you. Connect with Ivanka to share your stories, rhymes, pictures, and program news. Tell us about your program! Sharing your stories brings our Mother Goose community joy, it strengthens our network, and it creates a wonderful, positive energy. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Happy Summer, Mother Goose friends!