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Music supports social development in infants


An article in the Nov. 1, 2022 issue of describes research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Emory University School of Medicine that shows ways that music supports the social development and interaction of infants. 

Study lead author, Miriam Lense, Ph.D., assistant professor of Otolaryngology and co-director of the Music Cognition Lab at VUMC, asserts, “Singing to infants seems like such a simple act, but it is full of rich and meaningful social information…when caregivers sing to their infants, they are intuitively structuring their behavior to support the caregiver-infant social bond and infant social learning.”

“Although what a caregiver expresses is important, when and how they express social cues is particularly critical for infant-caregiver communication,” Lense added. “Rhythmic predictability—a universal feature of song—is an integral mechanism for structuring social interactions and supporting infant social development.”

Reyna Gordon, Ph.D., associate professor of Otolaryngology and co-director of the Music Cognition Lab at VUMC reinforces, “Making music is not only about entertainment: making music is a core aspect of early socio-emotional development….innateness for music is intertwined with early social engagement.”

For more information, read the article below!

Sensitivity to Musical Rhythm Supports Social Development in Infants

Reading Ready Time with MGOL


About a month ago,  Shael Weidenbach, Area Resource Manager of Youth Services at the Indianapolis Public Library told me about a wonderful series of videos that she is creating and curating called “Reading Ready Time.” She sent me links to a few of them; my favorite was one where she interviewed the driver of a garbage truck and then she actually was able to go into the truck and drive it! The videos were varied, but they always started with her welcoming her audience into the library and ended with her linking the topic covered by her guest with books available in the public library.

Shael asked if I would make a video for her on Mother Goose on the Loose, so here it is!


creative sound play

Sounding Out Names – a fun, skill-building activity


While browsing the National Head Start Association’s website and checking out their resource library, I found this great activity! Just as MGOL’s “Rum Pum Pum” activity builds upon each child’s familiarity with their own name, Hayes Greenfield introduces Creative Sound Play (CPS). Building upon names, this joyful game sparks the imagination while enhancing self-control, exercising working memory, sparking creativity and flexibility, practicing phonemic and phonological awareness by learning and sounding out their names, using active listening skills by participating in a call-and-response activity, raising confidence and self-esteem by becoming both a good caller and a good responder. The four minute and 22 second video by Hayes Greenfield entitled “Sounding Out Names with Creative Sound Play” is all you need to learn the “how” and “why” that will enable you to easily add this activity into your programs!

3 Ways to Bring Creative Sound Play to the Classroom

MGOL in Puerto Rico at Headstart Conference


If you are free on Wednesday, November 16 and would like to learn more about outreach with Mother Goose on the Loose, consider registering to attend the Region 2 Headstart Annual Conference Puerto Rico.  Dora Garraton (Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute, IN) and Dana Antonelli (Champaign Public Library in IL) with the title “Mother Goose on the Loose” who have travelled throughout their communities in Goosemobiles bringing MGOL songs and rhymes to Headstarts, daycares, and other community sites will be presenting.  Read the description below

Mother Goose is on the Loose: Spreading Early Literacy Activities and Knowledge

Nov. 16, 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Are you looking for new ideas for activities that you can use in your classroom and adapt easily for family engagement programs? Mother Goose on the Loose (MGOL) is a versatile, award-winning early literacy program used in public libraries throughout the country that combines research with practical activities to help children build readiness skills. Explore this adaptable program and learn new and enriching ways to use rhymes, songs, developmental tips, modeling, and personal connections to help adults who live or work with children to aid in their development, as well. Learn and explore some skill building activities with MGOL outreach experts who have created extensive partnerships to bring MGOL-adaptations to center-based and home-based daycares, preschools, parent groups, local businesses, foster care picnics, agencies, NICUs, women’s shelters, prisons, etc. Brainstorm ways to adapt what you have learned in the presentation for your own use. 


Betsy Diamant-Cohen, Creator of MGOL

Dora Garratón, Vigo County Public Library

Dana Antonelli, Champaign Public Library





“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” in Ute Now Available!


With the assistance of my daughter, Maya, the wonderful video of Noleda Badback singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” in Ute is now uploaded to the MGOL YouTube Channel. Listening to her sing this at the end of the MGOL workshop I presented in Cortez, Montana last week inspired me to share it with others as quickly as possible.  I loved her introduction, her singing of the song, and her translation.  See for yourself:

If you have versions of songs or rhymes that would be good to add to the MGOL Playlists, please feel free to submit them! I am always looking to expand this resource for children’s librarians and early childhood educators.

Thank you, Noleda!