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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this non-commercial website for preschoolers features live-action videos that focus on nursery rhymes and their power to promote early literacy. A cast of kid-friendly costumed characters pulled from Mother Goose rhymes present a series of 1-minute educational programs that invite preschoolers to sing and dance along to favorite nursery rhymes. There’s no reading necessary, and with parental assistance (we don't recommend preschoolers spend time online without parents), preschoolers can watch the videos, listen to the rhymes or follow along to the words. There is also a selection of printables related to the rhymes that can be printed and colored.
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Mother Goose Club is an off-shoot of a television show produced locally in Nashville, TN, by a mother who is also an educator and a former television producer. For a time, the program aired on Nashville Public Television and is slated to be released on DVD in the near future. The sole focus of the site is to present nursery rhymes to preschoolers in a way that’s engaging and energetic so they will want to sing, clap, do finger plays, and repeat the rhymes. These actions will help them develop a feel for the sounds and structures of language. As the colorful, energetic characters introduce the Mother Goose rhymes in brief, entertaining skits, children are introduced to characters, drama, simple story structure and a host of new vocabulary words, all building blocks for early literacy. For young kids (and parents who may need a nursery rhyme refresher) this is a pleasant, safe place to stop in and play for a while.
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