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'Mother Goose' entertains, teaches at LEAAP Center

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Mother Goose on the Loose presenter Rachel Williams leads students, parents and teachers through a dance before story time at the LEAAP Center Tuesday. [Order this photo]
A special guest visited the LEAAP (Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers) Center Tuesday.

Mother Goose engaged teachers, students and parents in rhymes, music and stories.

"This is the best job," Rachel Williams, aka Mother Goose, said. "The kids are always excited to see me come back."

The Mother Goose on the Loose program is sponsored by the United Way of the Wabash Valley and United Way Success By 6.

"This is a great opportunity for parents and children to have fun with music, rhymes and stories," Coordinator Mary Yelton said. "Which is so important for school readiness."

By combining movement with music, visual literacy and language development, the program reinforces what the students are learning from their teachers in class.

The center encourages parents to continue working on the activities with the children at home in preparation for success in school.

By persuading students to take turns, they were motivated to stay concentrated and focused. The program also teaches children how to properly express emotions through tone of voice.

It also supports goals that Yelton believes will ensure a successful future for the students.

"Both parents and students were involved in the program," Yelton said. "These types of activities are important for developmental growth."

Williams agreed and finds enjoyment in encouraging students and parents to continue working together on nursery rhymes and stories.

"It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to do this job," Williams said.

For more information call 446-2536 or stop by the LEAAP Center at 501 E. Jackson St., Brazil.

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