Of course, a lot of parents use it as a free program to add to the "schedule" of events their children attend weekly either with them or with the nanny, and I really feel sorry for those of them who miss the point. Because you don't, don't, DON'T need a formal program to use these rhymes, and they were made for life on the go.
These are the rhymes and games I played with my daughters when they were little. They were rhymes that we played and songs that we sung in the car, in the bathtub, at the doctor's office, in a restaurant and above all, at night before bedtime.
It wasn't an earnest attempt to "increase language development", or turn my kids into little geniuses.
It was play. It was FUN!
And how I miss it!
BTW, this is still my favorite Mother Goose book because it has big clear UNFUSSY pictures with well chosen versions of the rhymes. The Jan Brett/Mary Englebreit sort of school of art is fine for grown-ups and bigger kids, but it's too cluttered and complex for toddlers!
As we read the rhymes, I often found myself bouncing SC in time to a riding rhyme, or tickling her fingers or toes to a counting rhyme. And without knowing it, I was following 4 good rules for using Mother Goose with infants and toddlers:
- If it mentions a body part, touch it, shake it, wiggle it, tickle it, ...
- If you see a picture of the word you are saying, point it out.
- If there is an action mentioned, mimic it.
- Sing whenever possible.
And I have the gift of wonderful memories of time spent with my girls that I try to pass down to my families at Mother Goose Time.
Hopefully, some of them get that!