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School Papers


I’m reorganizing my office and going through a pile of school papers, from high school and up. One of them called “The Importance of Various Stimuli in Child Development From Before Birth to The Age of Five” has a quote in a footnote that jumped out at me:

“It is my belief that there is no “parents’ aid” which can compare with the book in its capacity to establish and maintain a relationship with a child. Its effects extend far beyond the covers of the actual book, and invade every aspect of life. Parents and children who share books come to share the same frame of reference. Incidents in everyday life constantly remind one of the other — or both, simultaneously — of a situation, a character, an action, from a jointly enjoyed book, with all the generation of warmth and well-being that is attendant upon such sharing.”   (Dorothy Butler, Babies Need Books: How to share the joy of reading with your child. (Great Britain: Penguin Books, 1982), p. 9.

On a totally different note, I also found a paper I wrote for driver’s ed in high school, which I have photographed and will reprint here. 

My dad (who drove me while I was taking the pictures) and I sent a copy of my paper to someone in the Department of Transportation. We never heard back. But since then, as I drive in that area, I notice that there is plenty of signage for the Cross Westchester Expressway!

Patterns and Nursery Rhymes

Yale University has been doing interesting research on babies’ memories. They’ve found that babies’ brains use “general patterns to help them understand and predict the surrounding environment.” This includes patterns of sounds that make up the words in a language. Nursery rhymes are full of sound patterns. Perhaps that is why they are such a powerful learning vehicle for our youngest children….

The MGOL app


My daughter, Maya, is currently living in Chile and she is doing a lot of work for Mother Goose on the Loose. She has been contacting librarians who are doing virtual MGOL sessions, asking them for permission to post their programs and activities, and then categorizing the activities by topic (rhymes with bells, knee bounces, lullabies, etc.) and putting them into playlists on the MGOL YouTube Channel.

Today, she ran across this page from the Brooklyn Public Library about the MGOL app. It’s been awhile since I’ve thought about it, so I’d like to share the link:

MGOL during COVID-19


Once again, children’s librarians have used their wonderful creative abilities to serve children and families, even amidst this health crisis. Since families cannot come to the library for MGOL programs, the librarians are bringing the programs to them!

For these uncertain times, I have created a new page on my website: MGOL at Home. There, you can link to many of the MGOL programs taking place online for children around the country. You can also see first hand how MGOL can be easily modified to fit the talents and interests of the facilitator. You will recognize the program, but see how widely it can vary!

Here is just one of many MGOL programs at home, done by Tara at the Cedar Rapids Public Library in Iowa.