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Learn about the award-winning early literacy program, Mother Goose on
the Loose, when the Nova Scotia Provincial Library hosts The Education
Institute audio conference about it on February 27th. After a brief
review of theories of learning based on findings in brain research, Dr.
Betsy Diamant-Cohen, the creator of Mother Goose on the Loose, will
speak about the structure of the program and how it combines language,
books, illustration, music, movement, drama, and creative interaction to
create an optimal learning environment. Experience program songs and
rhymes created by Canadian music educator, Barbara Cass-Beggs. Connect
the program components with best practices for developing school
readiness skills. Learn how to incorporate all this into your own early
childhood programs. 

The Benefits:
- Learn how to create an optimal learning environment through early
childhood programs in the public library. 
- Discover how school readiness skills are developed through the Mother
Goose on the Loose program. 
- Learn at least four activities from Mother Goose on the Loose that
can be easily integrated into your own library programs. 
- Hear about ways to integrate parenting tips into baby and toddler
- Participants will be able to model the use of positive verbal
reinforcement by setting up age-appropriate activities for very young
children that have achievable goals. 

Who Should Participate? 
- Librarians who plan or run programs for children from birth to age
three and their caregivers 
- Daycare providers 
- Children's librarians 

Key Topics: 
- What brain research teaches us about the way children learn.
- School readiness skills - what are they, why are they important, and
what can we do to help children acquire them? 
- The history and structure of Mother Goose on the Loose.
- How to help children develop early literacy skills through early
childhood library programs. 

Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen is the creator of Mother Goose on the Loose, an
early literacy program. In addition to holding a doctorate in
Communications Design, she also is a certified instructor for Barbara
Cass-Beggs' Your Baby Needs Music program. Dr. Diamant-Cohen runs MGOL
training workshops throughout the United States and is the Children's
Programming Specialist for the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore,
MD. Named a 'Mover and Shaker' by Library Journal in 2004, she has
recently published Mother Goose on the Loose (Neal-Schuman) which has
received a number of favorable reviews, including one from Library

Developed for the Education Institute by the OLAStore.

Time: Tuesday, February 27th, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Place: Conference Room, Nova Scotia Provincial Library, 3770 Kempt
Road, Halifax
This session is free; parking is available in front of the building.

Please respond to Carol Morris at [log in to unmask] or by phone at
424-2477 if you would like to attend this session.  

We respectfully request that you refrain from wearing any scented
products, including perfume, hair spray, cologne, deodorant, etc. and we
thank you for your cooperation.