Kids Blog: Kindergarten

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!

Librarian Adventures

This past week some of your very own librarians visited the city of Austin for the Texas Library Association (TLA) Conference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first thing we did was explore the exhibit hall where many library partners set up booths to show off what they had to offer libraries all around Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

We saw a fellow Arlington librarian, Nancy, showing off our brand new Read It Again (RIA)  Kits that will soon be available for you to check out from the library. These themed kits come with books, and other activities that you can do at home to make learning more fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abby and Bethany, two librarians on our Early Learning team, gave a presentation on the new iPads that you might have been seeing in your storytimes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a lot of fun at the conference, but most importantly we learned a lot that we can hopefully use in the future to make our library even better!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Green and Speckled Frogs Craft

Last week I wanted to come up with a frog craft that would not only be entertaining, but also something that the children could use often. After learning the song Five Green and Speckled Frogs during storytime, we put together our craft which was a travel friendly manipulative set to go along with the song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I simply folded blue paper in half and stapled the sides together to make a pocket to keep all the frogs in. The children were provided with five green frogs, cut out of paper, which they were able to decorate. I also gave them a  log cut out of brow paper  to glue onto the blue pocket.

As the children sing the song at home, they can take away a frog one at a time as they “jump into the pond”, or slip into the pocket.

This craft took a bit of time to prepare for all the kids, but they seemed to really enjoy taking something home that they could reuse.

 

 

4/7/2015 by Kayla Parker Add a Comment Share this:

Literacy Play

Play is the number one way that children learn. Finding new ways to incorporate play into literacy will make learning fun and more affective for your child. Don’t be afraid to be creative in making your own games and activities as you teach letters, sounds, and words to your little ones.

Click on the images below for a few fun ways to teach literacy through play at home:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shadow Fun

photos by Katie Sokoler @ http://colormekatie.blogspot.com/

MY SHADOW by Robert Louis Stevenson

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,

And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.

He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;

And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

 

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow --

Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;

For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,

And he sometimes gets so little that there's none of him at all.

 

He hasn't got a notion of how children ought to play,

And he can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.

He stays so close beside me, he's a coward you can see;

I'd think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

 

One morning very early, before the sun was up,

I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;

But my lazy little shadow, like an arrogant sleepy-head,

Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

 

A WILD Kick-Off

If you hear any mysterious drumming in the air, WATCH OUT! The Wild Things might be near!

My own fascination with the book actually began in college when I was cast as a non-existent character for our university’s children’s production. (Perhaps I felt a bit guilty being in a role not even created by the author, but I still couldn’t help getting swept away in the story).

When Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are was first introduced to the world in 1963, the book received mixed reviews. Some thought it too frightening and even had it banned from their libraries.  Despite this setback, children and librarians fought for it to stay on the shelves. Millions of copies later, generations of readers can still enjoy the story of Max today. 

To find the closest wild rumpus, journey over this Saturday to the Southeast Branch where our SPRING BREAK PUPPET BONANZA kicks off with Where the Wild Things Are Puppet Show…and other WILD Adventures.

Until then, feast your eyes on the artwork below, curated by Corey Godbey.

                              

                              

                              

                             

                                             

                                           

                            

Spring Break Puppet Bonanza

We are excited to officially announce the details for our first ever SPRING BREAK PUPPET BONANZA!

 

March 7 @ 10:30 a.m.: Where the Wild Things Are Puppet Show...and other WILD Adventures

March 10 @ 6:30 p.m.: Shadow Puppet Play

March 12 @ 2:30 p.m.: Marionette-Inspired Hip Hop Dance (by Studio 74)

March 14 @ 10:30 a.m.: Rockin' Sockin' Puppet Palooza 

 

Hope to see you all!