Early Literacy Programming en Español: Mother Goose on the Loose® Programs for Bilingual Learners

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Early Literacy Programming in Español: Mother Goose on the Loose® Programs for Bilingual Learners offers practical suggestions for finding Spanish-speaking cultural partners to help plan and present these programs and gives you all the components to make program construction easy.

This book and multimedia CD set includes lyrics, rhymes, activities, developmental tips, program aids, set-up instructions, worksheets, and bibliographies in both English and Spanish, along with valuable advice for creating a welcoming environment for non-English speaking users, and an explanation of the "80% repetition formula." The CD includes 65 songs, a complete script along with reproducible forms and flannel board templates simplifies planning even more.

Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen, award-winning creator of the widely-successful Mother Goose on the Loose® (MGOL) early literacy program, uses a combination of translated MGOL songs and traditional Spanish songs from around the world to help children develop school readiness skills and presents child development tips to the adults in their lives. She provides a complete, ready-to-use script for MGOL en Español in English and Spanish that is packed with rhymes, songs, large-motor activities, animal adventures, lullabies, and musical instrument exploration which provides all you need to joyfully engage bilingual learners in this exceptional program.

This easy-to-follow, highly practical guide is essential for any librarian serving Spanish-speaking children.

Betsy Diamant-Cohen

Betsy Diamant-Cohen believes that the best way to learn is through play. She created and developed the nationally-replicated "Mother Goose on the Loose" (named a "National Early Literacy Best Practice" in 2015) program, for which she was awarded the 2018 Alexandre Vattermare Award for Creativity in Libraries. Betsy enjoys presenting training workshops, webinars, and online courses for librarians. Member of the ALSC Early Childhood Services and Programs Committee, her website is www.mgol.net and Twitter handle is @MGOtL.

"In this thoughtful and highly useful resource, Diamant-Cohen takes elements of her energetic Mother Goose on the Loose literacy programs and incorporates them with early childhood literacy strategies used with Spanish-speaking, bilingual children and their families ... this is a worthy source of ideas for any librarian serving Spanish-speaking populations."--REFORMA "The most helpful information covers how to work within the Latino community; how to plan and present with a Spanish-speaking partner; and how to customize the book's programs to suit the individual library ... Non-Spanish-speaking librarians, as well as those who speak Spanish, will benefit from this book."--Booklist "The volume is infused with enthusiasm to serve the children of Spanish-speakers. It will not only help English-speaking librarians, but also the bilingual ones to present and enjoy MGOL."--School Library Journal