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Mothers needed to share love of song and storytelling
Folks with Cowichan Valley’s popular children’s song and storytelling Mother Goose program are calling for new instructors.
Parent-Child Mother Goose is a program where parents and children learn songs, rhymes and stories. in a bid to nurture parent-child relationships and foster family wellness.
“We are looking for committed individuals to receive this two-day facilitator training at no cost in exchange for a commitment of facilitating three programs over a two-year period in the Cowichan Valley,” Wendy Lambert said in a press release.
“Becoming an instructor requires willingness and a commitment to deliver the program.”
Those interested in the training, but not keen on the two-year commitment, can still participate in the training at a cost of $225.
Background experience related to early child development and enthusiasm for children’s stories and songs will help.
The training program require three steps.
The first is the two days of training, followed by an internship with an experienced facilitator.
The second will include a team of two instructors who meet once a week for an 8-10 week session to teach songs, rhymes and oral storytelling to parents and children.
Sessions follow a weekly structure that includes songs and rhymes, snack and sharing time, and storytelling for the parents’ enjoyment.
“Often the stories are fables or stories with a moral or an amusing message,” Lambert states in the release. “These sessions are repeated seasonally, up to four times a year; with three being the norm from fall to spring.
The final portion will see instructors connect with each other and the support network to renew and strengthen skills.
“After you have run several Mother Goose PCMG sessions, it is possible to become not just trained, but certified.”
Each Parent-Child Mother Goose program runs for 10 weeks, with each session one hour in length, and time needed for both pre and post program preparation, clean-up and record keeping.
An honorarium will be provided for each facilitator and program delivered.
The cost of this two-day training program is being funded through the Cowichan Valley Mother Goose Community Collaborative and Success by 6 funding dollars.
Anyone interested can contact Child and Family Services Consultant Bonnie Potter at 250-709-3050 or Chemainus/Crofton Community School Coordinator Wendy Lambert 250-246-3588.