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:
The library's early childhood literacy baskets are targeted to support early literacy development of babies, ages 0-to-24 months. Proud cardholders of a My First Library Card are eligible to enter monthly drawings for a chance to win a literacy basket designed just for toddlers!
Lillian and her mom, Gabriela, attend the Woodland West Bouncing Babies storytime. When they came to the library to receive their prize, Gabriela said that "Lillian loves going to library. Ms. Trish makes storytime fun for both of us." They especially like to sing along with Lillian's favorite song, the Alphabet song, as Ms. Trish passes out the letter blocks. She also enjoys reading in one of the chairs in the little kid area.
Lillian and her mom will have hours of fun with all the books, music cd, and toys that were in this month's basket!
You can enter your child (ages 0-to-24 months) in the monthly drawing for an early childhood literacy basket! Join us in all the fun at your local library!
Winning is simple:
- As you apply for a My Frist Library Card for your baby, pick up a frequent user card from your local library.
- Each time you and your child attend a library storytime or check out a book using My First Library Card, you will receive a stamp from a library staff member.
- Enter your completed frequent user card in the monthly drawing after acquiring eight stamps.
- Your card may be drawn to win a basket full of goodies including books, an educational toy, and much more!
This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, and the Citizen Investor Grant. (2014)
Last Saturday, the library had its first Touch-a-Truck, an event that brings community vehicles together for families to explore and experience! We had over 1,000 participants climb, honk, and play with eleven different vehicles! It was so much fun to see children discovering and learning about big trucks and will hopefully become an annual Arlington event!
Here are some pictures from Saturday! If you took a good one at the event, put it on our Facebook page! #touchatruck
Kids could peek into all the compartments of the firetruck and climb through to see where firefighters sit.
The pothole patcher had demonstrations throughout the event-hundreds of children are now capable of filling their own potholes.
The police brought FOUR vehicles, but there was still a crowd waiting for their turn!
Mail trucks, moving vans, and a the long arm of a Gradall in the background were among the many vehicles at the event.
And of course, no library event is complete without play time and an interactive, transportation-themed storytime!
If you missed this year's Touch-a-Truck, there are lots of other events coming up at the library! Don't forget to register for the Airport Storytime on Saturday, October 10!
Libraries have a long history of doing whatever they can to bring books to the community – no matter the challenge. In lieu of our exciting event Saturday morning, here’s a look at a few unusual and determined means of transporting the written word:
*Above images used with permission by Arlington Public Library and https://pixabay.com/.
From Images Left to Right:
Down Cut Shin Creek: The Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky by Kathi Appelt and Jeanne Canella Schmitzer
The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq by Jeanette Winter
The Library by Sarah Stewart
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
Fireboat: the Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey by Maira Kalman
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 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.
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.
- East Arlington Branch
- Lake Arlington Branch
- Northeast Branch
- Southeast Branch
- Southwest Branch
- Woodland West Branch
- Literacy House
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.
I just discovered an adorable new book in Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama series called Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa. This time Llama Llama is spending the night for the first time at his grandparents’ house. He is having so much fun building with grandpa and helping gram in the garden until he realize he forgot Fuzzy Llama at home! Grandpa has an idea to help Llama Llama to feel better.
National Grandparent’s day was this past Sunday, but any day is a good time to celebrate your grandparents. So take some time to visit and possibly read this great book with those special and important people in your family.
Here are a few others of my favorite books that celebrate grandmas and grandpas:
What special name do you call your grandparent (Ex. grandad, granny, nana, or papa)? And what is your favorite activity to do with them?
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!
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!
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!
Did you know that your library card gives you free access to HUNDREDS of eBooks, audio books, and graphic novels through Tumblebooks? Use your card to log-in to arlingtonlibrary.org to search the Tumblebooks catalog. Tumblebooks Junior has books and games for grades 3-6, including graphic novels of favorite series like Geronimo Stilton and Lego Ninjago!
Tumblebooks even has educational games that help improve math, reading, and writing skills. Whether at home or in the library, check-out Tumblebooks this fall!
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