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Learning from Mother Goose

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Mother Goose on the Loose facilitator Rachel Dillon-Myers asks 5-year-old Jo McClelland to beat out her name on the tambourine as part of an exercise at the LEAAP Center Wednesday. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
Mother Goose was on the loose in Clay County Wednesday.

Rachel Dillon-Myers, facilitator of the Vigo County Public Library's Mother Goose on the Loose program, shared the program with children at the Clay County Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers (LEAAP) Center.

The program is sponsored by the library, United Way of the Wabash Valley and United Way Success By 6.

It is a literacy program using rhymes and songs to help children get ready to read.

The program incorporates music, movement, ritual, repetition, positive reinforcement, developmental tips, nursery rhymes, illustrations, puppets, musical instruments, colored scarves and book reading for a 30-minute session to help children and parents.

As groups of children sat in a semi-circle, Dillon-Myers went through the program, bringing out a tambourine at one point and asking the children to hit the instrument (which she said was a drum) for every syllable in their name.

Dillon-Myers also directed the children through a march as they recited a nursery rhyme among several other items in the session.

Sessions took place all day at the LEAAP Center.

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