Kids Blog: Kindergarten

Process Art

Process art allows an outlet for creative exploration and imagination. For children, process art can be used to engage the senses by experimenting with different types of art mediums. This can be as simple as setting out bowls of paint and paper to see what your child will create with what was given.

The main idea behind process art is to give children the opportunity to create something completely their own without being told what to make and to experiment with their senses. This type of art is more about play than it is about the finished product.

Children love process art, and it doesn't have to be expensive! Check out these different blogs for some cheap, fun ideas:

A-Z Process Art Ideas for Preschoolers by The Measured Mom

25 Easy Art Processes for Preschoolers by Happy Hooligans

50 Easy Process Art Activities for Kids by Fun at Home with the Kids

11Process Art Projects for Preschoolers by Kids Activities Blog


Transportation: Songs and Rhymes

Children love things that go! Whether it is passing a large truck on the high way or getting the chance to see a FireTruck up close, kids will get excited about anything that has to do with transportation. Using topics that your children love is a great way to keep them engaged as you work on teaching them literacy.

Singing is an important component in your child's language learning because it slows down and breaks up words. This gives him or her the chance to hear each sound and syllable in the word, and helps litter ears pick up on the rhythem of language. Here are some fun Transportation themed songs and rhymes that you can do at home or on the road with your child:

Hurry, Hurry, Drive the Fire Truck (To the tune of Ten Little Indians)

Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck (x 3)
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!

Verses: Turn the corner, Put the Ladder up, Spray the Fire Hose

The Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus go round and round...
The money on the bus goes clank, clank, clank...
The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish...
The driver on the bus says, "Move on back"...
The people on the bus go up and down...
The babies on the bus go waa, waa, waa...
The parents on the bus go shh, shh, shh...

I'll Drive

I’ll drive a dump truck, dump truck, dump truck
I’ll drive a dump truck all day long
1. school bus 2. bicycle 3. mini van 4. semi truck 5. Airplane


If your child loves Trucks and other large vehicles, be sure to join us for Touch-a-Truck on September, Saturday 26 from 10a.m.-12:00pm in the parking lot behind the First United Methodist Church.

9/17/2015 by Kayla Parker Add a Comment Share this:

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with APL - September 15 - October 15


Five Ways to Experience the Culture


1.  Discover the Contributions of Hispanics in the United States - Checkout books, audiobooks or ebooks from one of your local library branches or at home from your computer.

2.  Learn the Language - Join us for the Latin Language Learners - A Children's Spanish Club (coming soon) or listen to an audio book in Spanish.

3.  Experience the Culture - Attend the Courtyard Celebration


4.  Embrace the Music - Checkout musical videos and CDs


5.  Explore books - Join us for a bilingual storytime, Wee Read-East. Read picture and chapter books by Hispanic authors or about Latin culture. 


Choose a book from author Pat Mora's Hispanic Heritage Month Booklist:


Find more selection onTumblebooks.




Back to School for Families

As school starts back up again, family schedules seem to become very hectic. Here are some tips to keep your family semi-organized and successful for the new school year.

Make a family schedule:

The school year is a very busy time for families. To help keep track of the entire family's schedule, you can use a large calendar, whiteboard, or chalkboard that has everyone's plans and meetings for the week. Make sure that the schedule is in a central room that everyone has easy access to.

If you want some more ideas for your family organizer, simply search “Family Schedule” in Pinterest for a whole slew of great ideas!

Eat Together:

As mentioned above, family schedules get very hectic during the school year. This makes family meals even more important! Pick a meal of the day, most likely breakfast or dinner, to have conversations with your children. Ask them about what is happening at school or extracurricular activities. Conversations seem to flow more naturally when there is food involved.

Enforce healthy habits:

Being healthy can be hard when there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day. It is very important for children to get enough sleep, eat well, and be active. Find out from your doctor how many hours a night your child’s age group needs for healthy brain development. Make sure that your child is getting a good variety of fruits and vegetables each day and try to stay away from a lot of junk food. Lastly, encourage your child to get exercise by enrolling in a sport or simply playing outside!

Be involved:

Take time to attend Meet the Teacher nights and open up communication with your child’s teachers. Check each night for homework or teacher notes. The more contact you have with the teacher, the more you will know about what is going on in the classroom.

Keep track of big events in your child’s school schedule like tests and projects. You can teach your child time management by planning out different days for each step in a project or studying.


If you have a Kindergartner just starting school, be sure to join us for our Kindergarten Kickoff Storytime!


First Grade Dropout

 What could you do that would be so embarrassing to make you never want to return to school again?

First Grade Dropout by Audrey Vernick is a must read.

This realistic fiction picture book captures the heart of the average elementary school student. The narrator is a likable everyday kid who makes a blooper but not without the witness, judge, and jury of his classmates.  They sentence him to desk slappin', foot stompin', finger pointin',  belly bellowin' laughter.  Instantly, he's shamed and convicted of crime he wished he had never committed especially in front of his friends.

What could go so terribly wrong that makes the author want to dropout, cast a spell, go back in a time machine, or change his identity? Every student, teacher and parent can relate to his blunder and his post-blunder feelings.  Read this book, laugh, and sympathize, but find out why this pupil almost became a First Grade Dropout.

Preview this book on GoodReads.

Great classroom read-aloud or parent pair and share book to discuss how to handle mistakes.

Browse other books about first graders:





Kinder Book Roundup: A Picture Book Guide to Kindergarten

Kickoff to Kindergarten with Arlington Public Library

Do you have a child going to kindergarten this fall? Kinder can be scary for both kids and their parents. To help families make the adjustment easier, many school districts try to host  "Kindergarten Roundups" or some type of pre-registration at elementary schools for children who will turn 5 years old on or before September 1.

The roundups give parents and children a chance to visit the school and learn about policies and the everyday routines for future students, usually in the spring before your little one enters kinder.  If you missed kindergarten roundup, no worries. Below are 20 random picture books of old and new that may help you and your child ease into the transition of kindergarten.

Join us for a special  Kindergarten Kickoff Storytime on Saturday, September 12 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Southeast Branch Arlington Public Library. Bring a backpack!  Your child won't want to miss the Backpack Parade.

Kindergarten Book Roundup

20.  Countdown to kindergarten by McGhee, Alison, 1960-

19.  Kindergarten diaries  by Portis, Antoinette.

18.  Kindergarten countdown by Hays, Anna Jane.

17.  Mom, it's my first day of kindergarten! by Yum, Hyewon.

16.  Off to kindergarten by Johnston, Tony, 1942-

15.  My kindergarten  by Wells, Rosemary.

14.  Welcome to kindergarten  by Rockwell, Anne F.

13.  I'm telling you, Dex, kindergarten rocks!by Davis, Katie (Katie I.)

12.  Kindergarten cat  by Lewis, J. Patrick.

11.  Polka-dot fixes kindergarten  by Urdahl, Catherine.

10.  Kindergarten, here I come! by Steinberg, David, 1962-

9.    Eliza's kindergarten pet  by McGinty, Alice B.

8.    The last day of kindergarten by Loewen, Nancy, 1964-

7.    Planet Kindergarten  by Ganz-Schmitt, Sue.

6.    Kindergarten luck  by Borden, Louise.

5.    The night before kindergarten by Wing, Natasha.

4.    The twelve days of kindergarten : a counting book  by Rose, Deborah Lee

3.    The day my mom came to kindergarten  by Fergus, Maureen.

2.    Miss Bindergarten gets ready for kindergarten by Slate, Joseph.

1.    Ready for kindergarten, Stinky Face? by McCourt, Lisa.


SRC Final Celebration - Sunday Fun Day

Calling All Superheroes

Summer is almost over, but it's not over yet! Superheroes assemble - Sunday, August 9, 2-4 p.m. at Globe Life Park for Summer Reading Club Final Celebration. We will have Zumba, drumming sessions, face painting, snacks, arts & crafts, rock wall climbing, kids play area, and some good ol' wholesome fun! Join us for a fun-filled afternoon for all ages.

Summer Reading Club Final Celebration

We can hardly believe that Summer Reading Club is over! Now that the books have been read and the logs submitted, we want to celebrate!

Everyone is invited to our Final Celebration on Sunday, August 9, from 2 - 4 p.m. at Globe Life Park.The whole family is welcome to attend this free event in celebration of all our Summer Reading Club participants. We are so excited to announce that we will be in the Kid Zone this year, an indoor play space where children can jump, climb, and play to their hearts content! Our littlest participants will find plenty to enjoy in the Kids Corral, where we will have a baby play space, sensory activities, and coloring. Older children can take a turn on the gaming stations or get crafty with a SuperARTistic project. For those who enjoy music, percussionist Jerome Bailey will be on-site with his drums, and Superhero Zumba will take place on the patio for those who want to sing and dance!

And don't worry parents, we have a space for you, too! The Hyundai Club will be open for our adult Summer Reading Club celebration, so be sure to stop in to enjoy a stunning view of the ballpark! To top it off, we have some great door prizes, so be sure to join us!

Parking is free, and you can find us at the Center Field entrance. See you at the ballpark!:

Globe Life Park

1000 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX 76011
Entrance at Center Field 


One Last Chance - July 31 is the last day to pick up prizes!

Yes, that's right. Another successful year of Summer Reading Club is drawing to an end. The time has come. Stories were read. Talents, discovered.  Heroes across the city of Arlington were recognized. Even in the sweltering heat, our days were full of music, dancing, laughter, and...more books than even The Hulk can carry.

What achievments did you or your family make this season? Did you learn new songs in storytime? Did your little one take her first steps? Say his first word? Read a first sentence without stumbling? Every week I have the privilege of working in the children's area at Southeast Branch. While there, I get to meet all sorts of wonderful patrons from Arlington. Many are children who pair up with tutors to work on their reading skills. This entire summer, those tutors patiently guided their students through the challenges of the written word. Once someone learns to read a word, it is theirs forever. And it happened every day this summer among the bookshelves at your local library.

Thank you for giving such a gift to your children. Thank you for reading to them, and taking them to our storytimes and events. We will be taking a short break in August, but keep a lookout on this blog for some snappy, behind-the-scenes videos of our Early Learning staff. When September hits, WATCH OUT! We have some incredible programs in store for you. But first, don't forget to celebrate all your hard work at Globe Life Park.  August 9, 2015,  2-4 p.m.

Storytime update with Albert the mouse

Goodbye, Goodbye See You Soon (Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)

Goodbye Goodbye see you soon (wave hands)
But not until we sing this tune (point to mouth)
We must part and we must go (turn one hand over on "part"; then the other on "go)
But we'll be back to say Hello (big, exaggerated wave)
See you later alligator, (Shout) (Form arms to make gator's mouth)
After while crocodile!