MGOL integrates findings from research regarding the way children learn. Sources include:

Howard Gardner – Theory of Multiple Intelligences

Daniel Goleman – Theories of Emotional and Social Intelligence

A clear explanation of emotional intelligence for students

Ellen Galinsky –  Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs

Lev Vygotsky – Scaffolding

Jean Piaget – Schemas and Cognitivism

Maria Montessori – Active Learning

John Dewey – Constructivism

Roberta Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh Pasek – Purposeful Play

Alison Gopnik – Scientific Experimentation

Mother Goose on the Loose’s emphasis on the healthy development of the WHOLE child includes helping children develop self-regulation skills. This aspect of MGOL is similar to the Tools of the Mind program.