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Storytelling at its Heart: The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program Journey

Storytelling at its Heart: The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program Journey


We are excited to share an insightful article written by our organization's co-founder, Celia
Lottridge, titled "The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program: Storytelling at the Heart." Originally
published in 2001, this article provides a retrospective look at the origins and essence of our
beloved program.
Celia Lottridge, the first Executive Director of the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program, nurtured
it into an international phenomenon, with associate programs and offshoots across Canada, the
United States, and Bermuda. The program, rooted in the oral tradition, relies on storytelling,
rhymes, and songs to achieve its goals.
In the article, Celia describes the program as both simple and complex, likening it to a bouncing
rhyme and the evolving relationship between parent and child. Participants, ranging from two
weeks to four years old, come together to engage in rhymes, songs, and stories. The key word
is "together," as everyone joins in, creating a vibrant community where adults and children alike
interact and learn from one another.
Through storytelling, parents and children not only bond but also take away valuable rhymes
and songs to use in their everyday lives. The connection between parent and child deepens,
and both gain new awareness of language, rhythm, and touch. Storytelling, as the bedrock of
the program, fosters shared experiences and connections between teller and listener.
As we reflect on the profound impact of the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program, we invite you
to delve into Celia's inspiring words and discover the magic of storytelling that continues to
enrich the lives of families worldwide.
Written by: Guita Movallali, May, 2024

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