Mother Goose Day (May 1) and Using Mother Goose in the Classroom

Mother Goose Day is a charming and whimsical holiday dedicated to the timeless nursery rhymes and fairy tales that have been passed down through generations. This special day celebrates the imaginary author of a collection of fairy tales and nursery rhymes – Mother Goose. It’s an opportunity for people of all ages to revisit the magical stories of their childhoods, from “Humpty Dumpty” to “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” and everything in beteen. These stories not only serve as fundamental part of children’s literature but also plays a crucial role in early childhood education, teaching rhythm, vocabulary, and simple morals through enchanting verses and narratives.

Mother Goose Day was founded in 1987 by Gloria T. Delemar upon the publication of her book, “Mother Goose; From Nursery to Literature.” It is observed annually on May 1st. In 2024, Mother Goose Day will fallon Wednesday May 1st. This day provides a fantastic opportunity for parents teachers, librarians, and anyone who cherishes the art of storytelling to engage in activities that celebrate these classic tales.

Mother Goose Day isn’t merely a celebration of the past; it’s a call to cotinue the tradition of storytelling and sharing these timeless tales with new generations. It reminds us of the power of simple stories and rhymes to spark imagination, instill moral values, and bring joy to both the storyteller and the listener.

Ideas to use for Mother Goose Day with Older Students

Rhyme and Reason Challenge

Divde the class into smal groups and assign each a famous Mother Goose rhyme. The challenge involves two parts: first, students reinterpret the nursery rhyme in a modern context, either by rewriting the verses or creating a short skit. Second, they research the historical origins of the hidden meanings behind the assigned rhymes. This activity encourages creativity, teamwork, and reseearch skills.

Mother Goose Mashup

Have students create their own nursery rhymes by combining elements from two or more traditional Mother Goose rhymes. They could mix characters, settings, or plot points to create a whimsical new story. This not only sparks creativity but also engages analytical thinking as students decide how to effectively merge different narratives.

Teach Figurative Language with Mother Goose

Figurative Language Hunt

Start by selecting several Mother Goose Rhymes that are rich in figurative languagee. Divide students into small groups and give each group a different rhyme. Ask them to identify and highlight examples of figurative language within their assigned rhyme. Each group should present their findings to the class, explaining the type of figurative language. For example, Humpty Dumpty can be used to discuss personification.

Creative Rewrite

Challenge students to rewrite a chosen rhyme by adding more figurative language or changing the type of figurative language used. For instance, if the original rhyme uses a simile students could rewrite using a metaphor.

Figurative Language Illustration

This is a good activity for visual learners. Ask students to select a line or two from a Mother Goose rhyme that uses figurative language and illustrate what they visualize as they read. Have students explain their illustrations and how the figurative language influenced their interpretation. This activity not only reinforces the concept of figurative language but also emphasizes the power of imagery in litterature.

Incorportating Mother Goose rhymes provides a familiar context for understanding complex literary devices.