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!

Join our BOARD!

Are you interested in supporting children and families? Would you like to have an opportunity to make a difference as part of a committed group of volunteers working to promote the growth of Parent-Child Mother Goose across our country?
The Parent-Child Mother Goose National Council is recruiting new members of diverse backgrounds and perspectives to help lead our organization. 
We are looking for:
  • a commitment to serve on the National Council for a three-year term
  • availability to participate in monthly council meetings and to serve on at least one committee
  • a commitment to upholding the values of the PCMG-P and to fostering the continued growth of the program.
We are particularly interested in recruiting new members with legal or accounting designations, and/or with fundraising and marketing experience.
If this sounds like you, please get in touch with us at info@nationalpcmgp.ca
Learn more about our current board members by visiting our Board & Staff page. 

Incorporating Mother Goose into Summertime Activities

The sun is shining, the temperatures are increasing, and the days are getting longer.
Here are some tips for incorporating Mother Goose songs and rhymes into your summer activities:

  • Sing songs that identify body parts when applying sunscreen. My family just loves the song, ‘Eyes, Nose, Cheeky, Cheeky, Chin!’
  • Pack a healthy snack, a blanket, and some water, and head out for a Teddy Bear picnic. Don’t forget your special Teddy Bear guests! ‘Because today’s the day the Teddy Bears Have Their Picnic!’
  • Check out a local waterpark or splash pool, and cool off in the water. See if you can see some SLIPPERY FISH, and… beware of pirates! ‘I climbed aboard a pirate ship and the captain said to me – we’re going this way, that way, forwards, backwards, into the great big sea!’
  • Go on a BEAR HUNT! ‘Going on a Bear Hunt! But I’m not afraid!’
  • Say hello to different insect friends. ‘Round and round the garden, goes the ladybug. One step, two steps, give you a great big HUG!’

Singing and rhyming fosters a healthy family relationship. It offers points of connection, boasts language and literacy skills, and improves confidence for the whole family. Mother Goose songs and rhymes can be incorporated anywhere, within any activity. This summer, engage with your children in the power and pleasure of songs, rhymes, and oral stories.

Happy Summer, Mother Goose Friends!