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MGOL practices highlighted in Every Child Ready to Read Evaluation Report

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An Evaluation Report on Every Child Ready to Read  was recently released and MGOL practices are highlighted from pages 33-36 (Start reading under the title, “Asides”).

MGOL is also mentioned on page 49.

MGOL has been encouraging parents to talk, sing, read, do fingerplays, and play with their children from the very start. It is an incredible honor to be included in this national report.

This week, I returned from the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) Conference in Atlanta. Summer Rosswog from Port Discovery Children’s Museum and I presented a poster session on Mother Goose on the Loose Goslings.  There was quite a bit of interest, and some suggestions of possible funding sources for further research. If you know of a Foundation or Organization or Funder who would be interested in hearing more about our early literacy program for parents with babies in NICUs, please let me know!

 

Here, There, and Everywhere

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Mother Goose on the Loose has certainly been traveling here, there, and everywhere, and soon there will be a book (to be published by ALA Editions) describing the types of programs with information on how you can use MGOL as outreach to your local unserved populations.

This coming week, I will be presenting with  Anne Bakker from Early Head Start in Venango County, PA, at the Early Childhood Education Summit, about her use of MGOL during home visits and family time.

And, here is a cool blog post someone just sent me a link to, that describes another successful MGOL outreach program, entitled “Reading in Rehab.”

 https://ischoolblogs.sjsu.edu/info/info269reflections/2017/09/17/reading-in-rehab/

A Surprise Footnote Connection

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Currently, at the request of ALA Editions, I am revising my Mother Goose on the Loose manual, originally published in 2006.

I wanted to add in information about connections with “the seven life essential skills every child needs” from Ellen Galinsky’s book, Mind in the Making. Ellen is the President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute (FWI)  so I went back to look at the Brain-Building Powerhouses report that was published by FWI, IMLS, and School Readiness Consulting in 2015.

The report describes each of the seven essential life skills and identifies current museum and library practices that help children build those skills. It was published just after I fell and had a concussion, so my husband read it aloud to me as I rested on the couch.  We were both taken by surprise when on page ten, he read out, “For preschoolers and their families, programs and resources are designed to build skills and knowledge children need to thrive and help them successfully transition to kindergarten. Nationally replicated research-based early literacy programs such as Every Child Ready to Read and Mother Goose on the Loose (MGOL) are designed specifically to provide parents and caregivers with knowledge and skills to support early language and literacy development for their children now and when they enter school. ”

This was followed by a box highlighting a successful brain-building practice, Mother Goose on the Loose!  That discovery generated great excitement and I have been very proud to have MGOL associated with Mind in the Making in such a public way.

Since I wanted to cite the Brain-Building Powerhouses report in my updated MGOL manual, I returned to the report and went to the last page to see if there was a preferred citation. Although there was not a recommended citation for the report, I began perusing through the footnotes. This resource intrigued me:

14 ACLA Youth Services Blog. (Accessed Online April 2015). Storytime Best Practices: Rethinking Themes in Preschool Storytimes. http://aclayouthservices.pbworks.com/w/page/55165668/Storytime%20 Best%20Practices

So, I clicked on the link and was in for another surprise! The link led to the Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA) Youth Services wiki, and although there is no author cited, the post was written by me. It describes the theory behind Transforming Preschool Storytimea book I co-wrote with Melanie A. Hetrick.

I am a huge fan of Mind in the Making, and am now extra proud that the report of brain-building powerhouses refers not only to Mother Goose on the Loose for infants,  babies, and toddlers, but uses Transforming Preschool Storytime as a reference.

Reading the research and translating it into practical programs and activities to help children be the best they can be is my passion. I am grateful that my work has been recognized and is being used by librarians and other adult educators who work with children.  Thank you, everyone!

(For a wonderful NAEYC guide to accompany your reading of Mind in the Making, click here.)

MGOL in Hospitals (a taste from the ALSC Institute in Atlanta)

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While at the ASLC Institute in Atlanta, I attended a wonderful session by librarian Amanda Bressler entitled “Healthy Partnerships: Creating an Early Literacy Outreach Partnership for Hospitalized Children.” The description read:

Scrub in and pull on your rubber gloves; it’s time to operate…an early literacy partnership with your local hospital’s children’s unit! Based on an outreach partnership between the Boston Public Library and Boston Children’s Hospital since 2014, this program will provide an overview of hospital departments to partner with, special considerations for providing library services to severely ill children and their families, and other strategies to set up your early literacy partnership for success.

Amanda’s presentation was full of valuable information, and we were half way through when I realized I should be videotaping it. With her permission, I pulled out my cell phone and began filming.  To view the second half of the presentation, click below:

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One of the really cool things is that Amanda used MGOL as the basis for her program, although she adapted it to fit the needs of her audience and surroundings.  She gives tips relating to book selection, products to use, how to set up such a program (who to talk with), etc.

If you are interested in presenting ANY type of early literacy program in the hospital or clinic setting, her presentation (even just the second half!) has lots of valuable information.