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Sally Jaeger & Erika Jaeger

Celebrating 30 Years of Family Storytelling!

Summer 2010 News: For under 3’s & over 3’s



Oral Language is Storytelling

The very first sentence in the Ontario Kindergarten Curriculum guide reads, “Oral language is the basis for literacy.”  This guide is available on line, and I recommend that everyone take a look – it is very inspiring to see the goals that are in place for our children’s learning.!

The reason that reading the guide was so inspiring to me, is that it supports in detail, the work I have been involved in for the past 30 years, namely helping families bring stories and rhymes into their daily lives.

Every family builds their own special traditions. Reading together, sharing rhymes, fingerplays, songs and circle games play a big part.

So, if you are reading this, please take a moment to tell yourself that you have done a good job!

To quote Eleanor LeFave, owner of Mabel’s Fables Childrens Bookstore, when she addressed a group of new parents at our program,“You are your child’s first teacher, and this is your curriculum.”  Pass it on!


Hot Hot Boiling HOT!

Hot!  Hot!  Boiling hot!  What shall we put in the big stew pot?  We’ll put carrots in the big stew pot!  Hot!  Hot!  Boiling hot!  (take turns adding to the pot.)

Slice, slice the bread looks nice.  Spread, spread the butter on the bread.  On the top put jam so sweet.  Now she’s nice for me to eat! (use while you are applying sunscreen.)

Visit Toronto Public Library

Check out our new CD “Here Comes Mr. Bear!  with Sally and Erika and Ken Whitely.  You can also find our first cd, “Lullabies & LapRhymes” and our dvds, “From Wibbleton to Wobbleton” and “Mr. Bear Says Hello” in libraries all across Canada and the U.S.

What Parents Tell Us!

“I am sure you’d be happy to know that the only way I am able to change Leah now is by saying ‘Jeremiah blow the Fire’.  She wiggles and rolls and tries to fling herself off the change table.  When she hears the first few words of Jeremiah she stops and anticipates me blowing in her face!  Anna and Leah
”Charles and I miss Mr. Bear Says Hello.  The rhymes are such a great tool to teach, to make them smile and of course, to distract!” Rochelle and Charlie



Three Wishes Festival Review

“Three Wishes Festival”  took place on Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12, 2010, at Pegasus Studios, 361 Glebeholme Blvd. Toronto author and storyteller,  Aubrey Davis, entertained a full house on Friday with local schools filling up the auditorium for the morning and afternoon concerts.  Aubrey is vivacious and his energy was  contagious as he told original and traditional stories and songs. Ruth Danziger from the Parent/Child Mother Goose program presented a family storytelling workshop on Saturday and Deborah Dunleavy presented a workshop to adults.  Deborah also gave us a lively concert on Saturday afternoon.  Ella Minnow bookstore from Queen St. E. did brisk sales as families added to their home libraries. Norm Perrin, from The Four Winds Library, brought many out of print collections of stories from around the world.  We look forward to next year’s festival – watch for upcoming dates.

“Molly Put the Kettle On”

Carol Ashton’s new CD  on the Merriweather Records label. A collection of  Irish music, rhymes, songs and stories, that follows her first CD, “A Children’s Ceilidh.”   Listen at  Available at Mabel’s Fables Children’s Bookstore. Toronto Public Library will soon have this on the shelf!


September 13, 2010 – classes begin

Lullabies & LapRhymes and Mr. Bear Says Hello.

Watch for upcoming dates:

PJs & Pillows

Pegasus Studios, 361 Glebeholme Blvd.
$5  Carol: 416-699-2608

“Barrel Of Stories”  BOS

Storytellers for Children Concerts

New location for September TBA

Mariposa in the Schools

Bring a storyteller to your child’s school!  MITS: 416-462-9400


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