Kids Blog: Kindergarten
There are some things that even the youngest child can identify in just a glance. Holding steady amongst items such as dogs, cookies, and fire trucks, are superheroes. During the week of November 17, children at several storytime programs at the Arlington Public Library were treated to a visit from Superman and Wonder Woman. Armed with capes for all the children to wear during storytime, the pair helped read stories, sing songs, and make superhero crafts.
While a mask and cape are generally the trademarks of a superhero, there are many times when our heroes are simply everyday people. Recognizing that children sometimes need heroes to help them out in everyday life, the library invited Superman and Wonder Woman to storytime in support of CASA of Tarrant County’s innagural Superhero Run on Saturday, December 13, at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is an organization that speaks up for abused and neglected children by training court-appointed volunteer advocates to make recommendations for safe, permanent homes where children can thrive. The Superhero Run will benefit children who otherwise might not receive the help they need.
For more information about CASA, visit http://www.speakupforachild.org
Information and registration for the Superhero run can be found at http://www.casatarrantsuperherorun.com
Fall is in air and I am excited! Autumn brings in cooler weather, fun traditions and foods, and the chance to experience the season through our senses. During my recent Autumn-themed storytime, the young participants were invited to feel and play with leaves and maize. The children had fun tossing the leaves around, giggling when I sprinkled them over their heads. A trio of beautiful, multicolored corn cobs was also popular. Each child got the chance run their hands over the rough bumps of the dried corn cobs and view the colorful kernels up close.
Sensory play and exploration can be a fun and important part of a young child’s development. This type of play allows kids to be hands-on and learn while they'e having fun! With sensory play, young children can experience and learn about the world before literacy.
Here are five fun ideas for sensory play. Click on each title to learn more about these activities:
1. Sensory Alphabet Hunt – Hide plastic or wooden letters and numbers in a tub of rice for “investigation”.
2. Gelatin Sensory Surprise – Put small toys or other simple objects inside gelatin molds and let set. Kids can search through the gelatin with their hands.
3. Autumn-Scented Sensory Dough – Have fun with the scents of fall with this taste-safe dough made from apples, cornstarch and cinnamon.
4. Sandbox Sensory Treasure Hunt – Use a backyard sandbox (or make a temporary one in a tub) to hide some larger toys or other objects. Then challenge your children to a fun treasure hunt!
5. Oodles of Noodles Sensory Play – Use boiled spaghetti, a little cooking oil and food coloring for a fun (and a little messy) sensory play.
This week in story time we did a fun and easy monster craft that you can make at home. All you need is some colored pom pom balls, an assortment of Googly Eyes, and foam hearts. Any of these materials can be found at the local craft store.
I was able to find foam hearts that were sticky on one side, making it easy to attach them as feet to the monster’s body. Some googly eyes can also be bought with an adhesive on the back, making it easy to stick onto the monster. If you aren’t able to find the materials with the adhesive, using Elmer’s glue or a glue gun will work just as well.
Have fun mixing and matching colors and eye sizes to make the monster extra cute!
Here are a few other cheap and easy Monster Craft ideas:
Having just returned from a trip to London, my head is filled with the sights, sounds, and history of England. Something that’s almost impossible to miss as you tour the city is all the literary landmarks – especially ones from children’s literature! Peter Pan graces the beautiful grounds of Hyde Park, Paddington Bear greets travelers in Paddington Station, and Harry Potter’s luggage cart hangs halfway out of the wall under Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station. So today I want to share a few of my favorite reads from our authors across the pond!
First up is Julia Donaldson. If you have not yet been charmed by the words of this delightful woman, drop everything and pick up a copy of one of her books. Start with The Gruffalo, a tale about a little mouse who makes up stories about a fearsome beast in order to scare away other creatures in the woods who want to eat him. The mouse is in for a surprise when the real Gruffalo shows up! The Gruffalo’s Child introduces a baby gruffalo who has heard stories of a Big Bad Mouse, and goes off to find him during a snowstorm. Donaldson uses rhyming language throughout her stories, and you’ll likely find yourself repeating phrases from the books long after you put them down. Also worth reading by Donaldson are The Snail and the Whale and Room on the Broom. Once you get your fill of the books, check out the animated versions of The Gruffalo’s Child and Room on the Broom, both of which were nominated for Best Animated Short in previous Oscar seasons!
I’m not alone in saying that my introduction to Mary Poppins came from the Disney movie. I decided to remedy this by reading the books by P.L. Travers, and I highly recommend you do the same! Travers actually wrote about everyone’s favorite nanny in a series of short stories – perfect for bedtime reading with a little one. Start with Mary Poppins, and delight in scenes you saw in the movie, such as the tea party on the ceiling, and the visit to a carnival via a sidewalk drawing. Then, tuck the kiddos in for the night and watch Saving Mr. Banks to get some background on Ms. Travers and how her inspiration for the character developed.
Two other classics I would be remiss not to mention are Paddington by Michael Bond, and Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. Again, you’ve likely encountered these characters on-screen, but consider meeting them on-page. Paddington’s adventures in London will delight young children, and the adventures of Peter Pan make for great family reading!
The Fall season is officially upon us. With temperatures dropping and leaves beginning to fall, what better way is there for you and your children to get into the spirit of the season than with some fun children's books about fall? This week at the Arlington Public Library, we will be reading some of our favorite books about fall, such as Who Loves the Fall? by Bob Raczka. Follow along with the children in the story as they leap into a pile of leaves, pick their own apples, attend fall festivals, and go pumpkin hunting among many other fun fall activities. We will also read about The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri as he gets ready for winter and is too busy to enjoy the fall to nibble a pumpkin with mouse or play with his animal friends.
Of course fall fun wouldn't be complete without some fun crafts and activities to do with your children. Check out this homemade owl rubbing I found on The Educators' Spin On It blog or make a leaf crown thanks to instructions by The Imagination Tree.
Don't forget to check out these books about fall at your library!
September 22nd - 26th is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week
Literacy starts in the home. Children benefit from an early introduction to reading even before literacy begins. And parents are their child’s first teacher.
Celebrate this important week by reading. Read for yourself. Read to your children. Ask your children to read to you! Early encouragement and excitement can positively affect how children view reading.
But don’t stop there! Read to your children every day you can. Visit one of Arlington Public Library’s 19 story times happening every week. More information and the Storytime Schedule can be found here.
Our Second Saturday Storytime is this Saturday!
Come join us at the Southeast Branch this Saturday for our Family storytime all about Animals.
This special storytime starts at 10:30 and is for especially for families. We will have fun music and crafts for all ages!
A visit to the Library is the perfect way to begin your Saturday!
Everyone loves a good book! Books help us learn new words, phrases, and ideas. They introduce us to new characters, places, and concepts. We can travel the world and never leave our house, experience a new culture, or make new friends in between the lines of printed text.
Books make us laugh so hard we cry, tremble with fear, disgust us with anger or play along our emotions depending on the writing style of the author. Books document the stories that have been passed down from generations and capture the imaginations and thoughts of new ones. Nevertheless, one thing is for sure...nothing can take the place of a good book!!
Here are a few recommended readings to get your school year off to a great start!
If you have participated in our Summer Reading Club 2014
You are Invited to the Final Celebration!
Saturday, August 2nd, 3-5:30 p.m.
Globe Life Park Texas Rangers Hall of Fame
Do not miss out on:
A special presentation by children's author Vuthy Kuan!
Summer Reading Club is in full swing, folks.
Be sure to participate this year. The only requirement is a Library card and a love of Reading!
Go to mysrc.org to log in the hours you have read this summer, then stop by your local library to receive your prizes.
Prizes you will receive (while supplies last)
A Free Book!
A voucher for a Ticket to the Ranger's game!
A Swim Pass!
Don't hesitate. The Summer Reading Club ends on the last day of July.
All participates in the Summer Reading Club are eligable to come to our Final Celebration from 3-5:30 on August 2nd at Globe Life Park Texas Rangers Hall of Fame!
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