Kids Blog: Kindergarten

July Activities

Do you have plans for July yet? If not, you should stop by any one of these fun and free library events we are hosting!

Kidsnotes- Symphony Arlington

Wednesday, July 1, 2-3 p.m. | Cliff Nelson

Friday, July 24, 2-3 p.m. | South East Branch

Drumming Around Town

Saturday, July 11, 2-3 p.m. | East Branch

Superhero Zumba Library Workouts

Saturday, July 11, 9:45-10:30 a.m. | Woodland West Branch

Saturday, July 18, 9:45-10:30 a.m. | Southwest Branch

Saturday, July 25, 9:45-10:30 a.m. | Lake Arlington

Superhero Magician James Wand

Thursday, July 16, 10-11 a.m. | Hugh Smith Center

Thursday, July 16, 1-2 p.m. | Cliff Nelson Center

 


July really starts heating up, so I thought I'd share some cool activities to encourage learning and fun for children during the summer!

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Don't forget to be reading this summer! Summer Reading Club will continue until July 31st.

 

 

 

Read It Again Kits are Back!

Our new and improved Read It Again Kits (RIA kits) are making their way back to the branches for you to start checking out!

If you haven't heard, our RIA kits are a great resource for parents, homeschoolers, teachers, and any one else who works with children, to provide a fun and engaging reading experience.

Each of our themed kits include books, activites, and toys that enhance your child's enjoyment of learning.

Here are just few of our new kits:

If you are interested in looking at more of our themed kits, you can search here in our catalog.

You won't see RIA kits on the shelves so be sure to ask the Children's Service staff at your branch for assistance.

6/25/2015 by Kayla Parker Add a Comment Share this:

Getting ready for Kindergarten

Kindergarten can be a tough transition for parents, but there are a few easy, fun activities you can do with your preschoolers to help them have an awesome Kindergarten experience! We don't expect them to be reading by the time they enter Kindergarten, but these are things that will prepare them to start learning to read. This short list is based on an excellent post from the It's Always Autumn blog:

1. Recognize basic shapes

2. Count up to 20

3. Recognize all the letters in the alphabet

4. Be able to write their first name

5. Recognize rhyming words

6. Hold a pencil

7. Share with other children

8. Sit quietly and pay attention

Many of these activities can be done at home using very basic materials. If your child is struggling with sharing or sitting quietly, take advantage of the many storytimes we are offering during the week and on Saturdays for Summer Reading Club this summer. Our storytimes are intended to prepare preschoolers for the structure and literacy skills they will need in Kindergarten-but they are also silly, energetic, musical, and interactive!

Here are a few free, easy resources to use at home:

 

 

 

Obviously, I'm a fan of Pancake Manor (all videos free on Youtube).

Also-you can READ READ READ! Let your child choose a picture book based on their favorite themes or characters at the newly organized East Branch!

 

6/16/2015 by Bethany Fort Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: PreK, Kindergarten

Summer Reading Club

Have you picked up your Summer Reading Club Logs yet? If you haven’t, be sure to stop by any of our branches and pick some up for the whole family (even adults!) or try our Online log at MySRC.org.

Each age group has prizes to win for completeing the logs and any additional logs completed will be put in a drawing to win more prizes.  To get your prizes, bring the completed logs to the library or inform staff that you have filled out the log online.

You can start picking up your prizes on June 10th at any branch, and if you are lucky you might even spot a real superhero!

To participate in our Summer Reading Club you must have an Arlington Public Library Card or an AISD student ID number. If you don't already have a library card be sure to stop by and sign up for one!

Don't forget to check out our calendar for all the fun-filled activities we have going on during the summer.

(prizes while supplies last)

Fine Arts Superheroes

Fine Arts and Children

Early exposure to music and the arts is essential to developing creativity in young children.  As children grow older, creativity helps make sense of the world around them. Participation in fine arts programming helps with the development of fine motor skills, creativity and improved emotional balance.

Fine arts include art, dance, music, and theatre.  When involvement with the arts is a basic part of the learning process, fine arts programming:

  • Brings engagement – fun and entertainment to learning,
  • Re-ignites the love of learning,
  • Helps build children’s understanding of relationships –greater understanding of diversity and peer support by reducing conflicts and increasing problem solving, cooperation and collaboration,
  • Provides challenges for children at every level, from basic to gifted and talented, and
  • Encourages children to become sustained, self-directed learners seeking to extend their own learning.

Fine arts experiences promote self-esteem, motivation, aesthetic awareness, cultural exposure, creativity, and improved emotional expression.

Help your children become HEROES this summer …Stop the Summer Slide by reading a few minutes each day and create a hero story by attending fine arts programming sponsored by your local library.   

 

Arlington Public Library

Join the Summer Reading Club fun and win prizes for reading!!

 Read more about children and fine arts programs. 

 

 

Children's SRC - Fine Arts Programming

Many of the Summer Reading Club programs require registration prior to attending, so be sure to check the website for more information.

Theatre

Drama Camp (ages 10 and up) - July 20-25 | Lake Arlington

Monday, July 20, 2015, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 23, 2015, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Dance

Superhero Saturday - Zumba Library Workouts (ages 0-10)

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Northeast Courtyard

Saturday, June 13, 2015, 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Southwest Courtyard

Saturday, June 20, 2015, 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | East Courtyard

Saturday, June 27, 2015, 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Southeast Entrance

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Woodland  West – Entrance/Parking Lot

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Southwest Courtyard

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Lake Arlington – Entrance

Sunday, August 9, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Arlington Ballpark @ MySRC Final Celebration

Music

KidNotes-Symphony Arlington (ages 5-12)                   

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Lake Arlington

Wednesday, July 1, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Cliff Nelson

Friday, July 24, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Southeast

The Script - Superhero Keyboarding (ages 8-10) - July 21- July 23 | Southwest

Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 23, 2015, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 9, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Arlington Ballpark @ MySRC Final Celebration

The Script - Superhero Keyboarding (ages 5-7)

Session I – June 9-June 25 | Southeast

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Session II - July 14 - July 16 | Southwest

Tuesday,  July 14, 2015, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 16, 2015, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 9, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Arlington Ballpark @ MySRC Final Celebration

Drumming Around Town (ages 0-108)

Saturday, June 13, 2015, 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m | Southeast

Saturday, July 11, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | East
Sunday, August 9, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Arlington Ballpark @ MySRC Final Celebration

Art 

SuperARTistic (ages 5-10)

Sunday, August 9, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Arlington Ballpark @ MySRC Final Celebration

Glue and Go Costumes for Kids (ages 5-10)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Southwest

 

View all SRC Programs here.

 

Picture Book Themes at East Branch

Have you ever found yourself standing in the children’s section of the library wishing that all those great stories about dinosaurs, dogs, or bedtime were in one, easy-to-find area? Does your little one like books that rhyme, but you don’t know quite how to look for that type of story on the shelf? If so, then it’s time for you to visit the East Branch of the Arlington Public Library, where our children’s picture books have been organized into theme-based categories!


In the interest of creating a more child-friendly browsing environment, the picture books (also known as Easy Readers) at the East Branch have been categorized by theme and arranged on the shelves according to these themes, including categories. Colorful signs and matching stickers help further define the theme of the book when looking at a collection of titles on the shelf. If your child likes books about dogs, for instance, you can now easily locate all the picture books about dogs in the “Animals” category.

There are 12 categories in all:

Animals
Celebrations
Concepts
Culture
Favorites
Folk and Fairy Tales
Growing Up
Nature
Rhymes, Songs, and Poetry
Sports
Stories
Transportation

Feedback from more than two hundred patrons indicated that children 5-years-old and younger commonly ask for books about specific topics – trucks, princesses, dragons, etc. In the interest of empowering children to browse through their favorite subjects independently while simultaneously helping parents identify books they know their children will enjoy, we have created this new system. Please come visit the East Branch Library, located at 1624 New York Ave. and let us know what you think! We welcome your feedback and can’t wait to hear how it works for you and your little readers!

Hermie the Worm

Check out this fun song about a silly worm while we are on Storytime Break.

I was sittin' on a fence post
 chewin' my bubble gum
 (smack-smack-smack-smack)
 playin' with my yo-yo
 (doo-wop doo-wop)
 
 When along came Hermie The Wormie
 and he was this big.
 And I said
 "Hermie, what happened?"
 He said "I ate a word".

I was sittin' on a fence post
 chewin' my bubble gum
 (smack-smack-smack-smack)
 playin' with my yo-yo
 (doo-wop doo-wop)
 
 When along came Hermie The Wormie
 and he was this big.
 And I said
 "Hermie, what happened?"
 He said "I ate a book".

I was sittin' on a fence post
 chewin' my bubble gum
 (smack-smack-smack-smack)
 playin' with my yo-yo
 (doo-wop doo-wop)
 
 When along came Hermie The Wormie
 and he was this big.
 And I said
 "Hermie, what happened?"
 He said "I ate a library".

I was sittin' on a fence post
 chewin' my bubble gum
 (smack-smack-smack-smack)
 playin' with my yo-yo
 (doo-wop doo-wop)
 
 When along came Hermie The Wormie
 and he was this big.
 And I said
 "Hermie, what happened?"
 He said "I burped".

5/22/2015 by Kayla Parker Add a Comment Share this:

Spring Activities to do at Home

It isn't Summer just yet, so enjoy these spring themed activities while we are on storytime break.

Seeds and flowers are really enjoyable for young children, and adults, to play around with. The Fantastic Fun and Learning blog and Life Over C's blog both provide fun activities involving seeds for you to do at home with the children. These crafts and activities provide great learning experiences for children that parents can be a part of.

For a beautfiul flower sensory suncatcher activity, check out the Hands On As We Grow blog for a cheap and easy sensory idea that will engage children of all ages.

While you are experimenting with these seed themed activities you can sing this song to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell:

The farmer plants the seeds
The Farmer plants the seeds
Hi, Ho and Cheery O
The farmer plants the seeds.

(Use the following verses.)
The sun begins to shine
The rain begins to fall
The plants begin to grow

 

Be sure to stop by the library and check out some great books about flowers, seeds, and Spring!


 

 

May Storytime Break - The Itsy Bitsy Spider

We know how much you miss us during this month's storytime break, so every Thursday we are going to post a video with some of our favorite storytime songs for you to practice along with. Right now we are very busy getting ready for a SUPER Summer Reading Club but we are excited to see everyone back for storytimes in June!

 

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout

down came the rain and washed the spider out

Up came the sun and dried up all the rain

and the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again

 

The Great Big Spider

(use your Great Big Voice)

The great big spider went up the water spout

down came the rain and washed the spider out

up came the sun and dried up all the rain

and the great big spider went up the spout again

 

The Teensy Weensy Spider 

(use your Teensy Weensy voice)  

The teensy weensy spider went up the water spout

down came the rain and washed the spider out

up came the sun and dried up all the rain

and the teensy weensy spider went up the spout again

El Dia

Come join us this Saturday for our El Dia Celebration at the Univeristy of Texas at Arlington!