Parent-Child Mother Goose in Kamloops Adapts


by Crystal Murgatroyd, Parent-Child Mother Goose Program Coordinator

Our world got turned upside down in a matter of days, and we’re feeling isolated now more than ever. We can’t go and visit our friends and family, littles aren’t able to play in parks or playgrounds, and life looks so very different through the eyes of a child. 

The Kamloops Parent-Child Mother Goose team is trying to keep connected with each other, with our Mother Goose families, and with our community. We have approximately 2000 people following our ‘Kamloops Parent-Child Mother Goose’ Facebook page, and we see this as an opportunity to keep our community connected. Each day we post a video from one of our KELLI facilitators singing a well-loved, well-known Mother Goose song. 

We feel that this lets the little ones in our community feel connected to their Mother Goose world. Our talented facilitators showcase their enthusiasm and passion for the P-CMG program from the comfort of their home, with their own families. Our families communicate with us, and with facilitators through comments. Families tell us that their child lights up with a smile while watching these short clips. We show our community that we are all in this together, we are here for one another, and we can get through this with some help from singing, rhyming and telling stories together.

Adapting for a virtual world

We adapted our Mother Goose program for the virtual world, and will be able to offer the community a virtual alternative to group programming. We are offering ten groups this spring running throughout the week, and we are inviting families to join, engage and support each other through this challenging time. Groups will be offered through Zoom, with two facilitators. At the end of each session, facilitators remain on the meeting to connect with the children and families. We believe families can join one another at home and all share in the power and pleasure of songs, rhymes and oral stories.

Families, now more than ever, need to be reminded that we are not alone. We need extra smiles, extra happiness, and extra connection with each other. We will get through this, and we can have some fun together while doing it!

 

If you’ve got a story to share about how your Parent-Child Mother Goose program is adapting to the challenges of supporting families during COVID-19, let us know! We’ll post your report here, so that others around the country can learn about what you are doing.  Send to us at info@nationalpcmgp.ca.

 

 

 

 

Tips for Online Parent Child Mother Goose

Here are two suggestions we’ve received since our post last week asking readers to let us know how they are continuing to share Parent Child Mother Goose with children and families during the COVID-19 crisis.

Lisa Hurrle from Calgary writes, “Connection is SO important – especially while social distancing. Carya is sharing some Mother Goose moments over our facebook groups for families!”

Susan Ryan, Executive Director of the Vermont Square program in Toronto offers, “Share the love in good health! For Zoom storytelling tips and 2 new stories for springtime, go to
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Xq0Iwt_5eTGqTIk-q1svBExuCWQh9ur6?usp=sharing

Thank you both for sharing these suggestions!

If you have tips or advice to share with others about how you are continuing to provide Parent-Child Mother Goose while observing physical distancing and self-isolating, please let us know by sending them to info@nationalpcmgp.ca. We will include them in an upcoming post.

Stay safe and healthy!

Supporting Families During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic and the protective measures implemented by governments at various levels across Canada to prevent the spread of the virus have meant that delivery of  the Parent Child Mother Goose Program is suspended in many communities, causing significant upheaval in the lives of families.

Many program providers are looking for alternative means of delivering the program, to continue to support

Whether this means sending out rhymes and songs to a Facebook group, convening parents and children remotely on Skype or Zoom, we want to support the creative use of technology to bring songs, rhymes and stories to the families who more than ever need this in their lives. During this time, we have approved the use of the Parent-Child Mother Goose name and logo for remote delivery of programs.

You can help others across the country who are looking for ways to support families in their communities by sharing your ideas and best practices. What is working for you? How are you bringing songs, rhymes and stories to families in your community? By sharing your story, you can help to bring Parent Child Mother Goose back into the lives of families who are missing this opportunity for connection at this time.

Let us know by sending us an email to info@nationalpcmgp.ca with your ideas and suggestions. We will publish the stories we receive for the benefit of Parent Child Mother Goose teachers and supporters across Canada.