One of the jobs I have had recently is singing and sharing nursery rhymes and finger plays with parents and their young babies and toddlers. The name of the program is the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program.
What Is the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program?
A group of Moms and Dads come with their little ones and we go through a series of rhymes and songs which the parents learn aurally, the same way their children are learning them. We include a snack and some story telling at the end, then all the families go home and practice what they have learned during the week. The next week we repeat the same songs and rhymes, dropping the easier or more familiar ones and adding a few new ones. Sometimes a parent will suggest a favorite song and the rest of us will learn it, too.
At the end of the ten weeks, we make up a booklet of the songs and rhymes we have shared so the parents can remind themselves of the words in case they should forget, but by that time they usually have it all by heart anyway. The booklet becomes a keepsake of our time together.
What Is Music Together?
When I still lived in Vermont, I took training with the Music Together Program. This music program for families with young children is certainly my favorite musical introduction for children. The program is very well thought out. Based on research by some Princeton academics, the musical program uses recent studies on how children learn music along with traditional folk music from around the world to create a musical program that is unmatched for teaching children in a family setting to carry a tune and to move to the beat.
The best way to benefit from Music Together's offerings is to sign up for one or more of their sessions, but for families without the financial means to do so or who live in an area where Music Together is not offered, you can still enjoy some of their CD's. The lullaby CD offered on this page is excellent with its lullabies from several countries of the world.
What Is Kootenay Shine?
I moved to a place where few people would be able to afford a Music Together Program were I to set one up and where Parent Child Mother Goose was already operating for free. I created some songs with the idea to offer a musical program with local themes for families in the Kootenay area of British Columbia. I made a booklet of my songs, and I may publish them soon.