“For every evil under the sun,
There is a remedy, or there is none.
If there be one, seek till you find it,
If there be none, never mind it.”
~ Mother Goose
We’ve all grown up with fairy tales from every quarter, whether it was Disney’s retelling of popular storytellers, or our parents or grandparents reading to us from a much-loved edition of the tales from the Brother’s Grimm. Out of all the storytellers out there, there is one in particular that stands out and is almost the name for all fairy-tales in existence, and that is the inestimable Mother Goose. Mother Goose Day reminds us of this important storyteller and the role she, and other storytellers played in our youth.
History of Mother Goose Day
One of the other fundamental roles played by Mother Goose and fairy tales is as the first introduction to reading for young people everywhere. In 1987 it was determined that fairy tales were so essential to our reading development, that a day needed to be established to bring awareness to, and encourage the use of, reading in preschool environments through stories and nursery rhymes.
These tales have served important roles in our lives. They introduced the concepts of fantasy and challenged us to be better. They asked us to consider the moral implications of our actions and cautioned us to be good. Nursery Rhymes painted pictures with words and introduced us to the idea that rhymes could work magic. Mother Goose Day reminds us of the magic these tales have, and the lessons they’ve taught us.
How to Celebrate Mother Goose Day
The easiest way to celebrate Mother Goose Day is to simply take some time on Nostalgia Rd to read old nursery rhymes and stories. That’s just the beginning though! If you really want to get into the spirit of the celebration introduce someone new to your favorite nursery rhymes, ask them about theirs! Read to your children before they go to bed, or your grandchildren, or your neighbors’ children! Do you have a child or grandchild in school?
Work with their instructors to include Mother Goose in their curriculum. Even better, if you’re an instructor yourself you can help to bring the glory of Mother Goose to your students! Photocopy coloring book pages that share the tales or teach valuable word lessons, have your children work together to read stories in class, or even write stories of their own!