Kids Blog: Kindergarten
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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 14 @ 10:30 a.m.: Rockin' Sockin' Puppet Palooza
Hope to see you all!
Parents are a child's first and most important teacher in life. As a parent, you can provide your children with a solid building block in literacy by simply reading, singing, and speaking to them even if they aren't old enough to understand what you are saying. Children will begin to pick up on vocabulary, letter sounds, rhymes, and rhythm, which are core elements in our language. With these tools, children will be more successful in school and their adult lives.
Debate time. Who is the world’s most popular puppet? I can almost hear a chorus of people shouting over each other, “ELMO!” “ERNIE!” “KERMIT!” “LAMBCHOP!” But Shari Lewis, Sesame Street, and even Jim Hensen might have to bow down to a certain wooden boy without strings.
Italian writer, Carlo Collodi, led his own thread of adventures before breathing life into the ever-famous Pinocchio. After graduating from primary school he was shipped off to study priesthood but wound up working for a bookseller. He jumped into political journalism, took on the position of magazine editor, and ended up translating Charles Perrault’s fairy tales from French to Italian. It was this new world of fairy tales that set him into thinking of writing his own. Much like Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist, Pinocchio was first introduced to the world through a weekly newspaper serial.
Yet Collodi’s Pinocchio is far more selfish than the wide-eyed character Disney created. The moralistic Cricket gets squashed in the original tale…by the puppet himself! "...I am a heedless Marionette--heedless and heartless," Pinocchio says. "Oh! If I had only had a bit of heart..."
Whichever version you prefer, one thing is certain: something about this wooden boy has captivated generations of readers. Explore the literature and decide for yourself. Then mark your calendars for this spring break when we will be hosting a series of lighter-hearted puppet events for families to enjoy. (hint hint hint: If you happen by East Branch on March 12, you might have the opportunity to see some awesome marionette-inspired moves by Studio 74 dancers).
Until then, here is a fascinating video of a real-life modern Geppetto who works in an Italian toy shop.
Finding a Valentine's Day craft can be daunting. Lucky for you, I have found the perfect craft from Baby Loving Mama! Have some fun with your child and build a LOVE monster! This craft helps children with their fine motors skills, creative and artistic development. Gather up your supplies and lets get started!
- Pipe cleaner
- Pom pom
- Popsicle sticks (Craft sticks)
- Goggly eyes
- Have your child pick out his/her supplies; two craft sticks, two pom-poms, two googly eyes, and one pipe cleaner
- Tie the pipe cleaner to the craft sticks. You can criss-cross then or lay them side-by-side.
- Glue the eyes on the pom-poms.
- Bend the pipe cleaner and tuck in the pom-poms
- Grab a marker and draws eyes, nose, feet or whatever you would like on your craft sticks.
- Show everyone your perfect love monster! Here is ours:
What I learned (crafting tip): When I made my monster, my pipe cleaner was short and did not bend all the way around the pom-pom. I added a little glue to the pipe cleaner and the pom-pom and attached them together that way.
If you are interested in learning more about Monsters come to our Monster Love Saturday Storytime.We will have a Toys and Tech hour after storytime, where you will be able to play and learn with early literacy iPad apps.
Have a great week!
It seems every moment you blink, a new smart phone is born, yet even in this buzzing world of gizmos an appreciation for hand-made craftsmanship has soared. A sort of renaissance for simple dedicated nostalgia. Here is one such mother who built a ship to go along with reading Voyage of the Dawn Treader:
Indeed, parents all over the world are gleefully assisting their children in playtime. But having so much fun is serious business! According to a report done by the American Academy of Pediatrics, play “allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.”
Did you ever stop to think that when children play, they are actually storytelling? And what better way to tell stories than with toys and puppets! Coming this March, the Arlington Public Library will host our first-ever SPRING BREAK PUPPET BONANZA. Information regarding this event will be available soon! Until then, try your hand at one of these fun DIY puppet-inspired toys.
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