Posts tagged with "KW Parents"
Wouldn't it be nice if our kids were thrilled to practice their math skills or were happy to work on their vocabulary? Well, here comes an app for the iPad that turns learning into fun. The Futaba Classroom Games app turns your iPad into a game board for up to four players. Players are presented with a question and a choice of four answers. First one to choose the right answer gets the point. One outstanding feature is the ability to build your own game content. Challenge your kids to make up their own game to see if they can stump you!
Schools use Lexile scores as a way of helping children choose books for their specific reading level. The library's catalog now contains many titles which have Lexile scores attached to their records. To check on a title, go to the library's catalog and search for it. Then, scroll down to the bottom of the record - there's the score! You can also search for titles within your child's Lexile range by going to the Kids' Parents' page. On the right-hand side under "Leveled Reading Systems" click on "Lexile Reading Level Search" and follow the guide. There is also information about other reading systems there. Please come to the Kids' World Desk if you'd like a demonstration of this helpful new service.
If you haven't been in Kids' World this month please hurry and come in soon. Kids' World staff created special storybook pumpkins and they're in the display case waiting for you and your child to see. They're fun and based on kids' favorite book characters. If you're looking for a scary story click on Booklists and scroll down to Scary Stories. There are 3 lists there for all ages. Also, please come and say hi to Kids' World staff who will be at Trunk and Treat this Friday, October 25. Hope to see you there!
Did you know that audiobooks “count” as reading in our Summer Reading Program? That’s because librarians know something you might not; Listening isn’t cheating! There are great benefits to hearing stories read aloud. Audiobooks can help your child become a better reader.
• Hearing a book read aloud helps the story come alive. The narrators are very skilled with voices, sound effects, and dramatic emphasis. For example, actress Anne Hathaway narrates The Princess Diaries. An audiobook might be the perfect way to hook your reluctant reader into books.
• Your child might be able to listen to a story that is more complex than he can read on his own. This will help him develop listening and comprehension skills, as well as introduce him to new vocabulary words and help stretch his imagination.
• How many times does your child hear the word, “façade” in everyday conversation? If he sees it in a book, will he be able to pronounce it correctly? Listening to audiobooks helps with pronunciation. It also helps improve understanding. What does it mean when a character responds “ruefully?” An audiobook can express the meaning of this word.
• Audiobooks provide a model of fluent reading and engaging storytelling. Listening to a great story read aloud gives children an example of how to become a better reader and can motivate them to read more.
To choose a great audiobook for your child or for your family to listen to together, ask a librarian for suggestions or visit the American Library’s Association’s award page for audiobooks. Enjoy!
During our storytime break, be sure to check out our Music Makers program for ages 3-5. Sing, dance, and make music in this lively preschool storytime.
Tuesdays, May 7 and 21 from 1:30-2:15 in the Lindsey Room. Register beginning May 1.
Do you have a young child that loves trucks? Does your daughter dream of ballerinas? Our nonfiction area is full of wonderful books for the preschool set. Containing big pictures and simple sentences, these books delight and entertain as they offer children a means to explore the world around them. Just look for the letter "E" on the spine of the book such as E/618.8/Thompson. As always, feel free to stop by our desk if you have any questions.
If you are looking to unplug your family but need some ideas for activites, look no further than The Kids' Winter Fun Book by Claire Gillman. This book includes both outdoor and indoor activities sure to please everyone. Whether it's discovering a new winter game or decorating the house with a winter craft, this book will recharge your family relationships while the electronics are doing the same.
Classics such as those authored by Robert Louis Stevenson or William Shakespeare are riveting stories but are often difficult for children to enjoy. Enter graphic novels! Here are the familiar tales introduced to a new generation in a format young readers can appreciate. This is also a good alternative for reluctant readers. Feel free to stop by our desk and ask us to point out these works.
We're almost finished with re-arranging the Picture Book section of Kids' World. The books are still in order by author but are in bins according to fun topics. Beautiful signs created by the library's graphic artists display the different subjects - Things That Go, Pretty and Pink, Growing Up, Play, Animals and more. It's empowering for kids because they can now browse in the areas that interest them. If you want a tour stop by the Kids' World Desk and we'll show you around. Hope to see you soon!
You may have heard that the Arlington Heights Memorial Library has an attractive new section called The Marketplace. Interesting subjects from Travel to Politics are arranged in a convenient, engaging way - face out. You don't need to look for the Dewey number to find your way. One day when you are dropping by Kids' World turn left by the new cafe. Walk towards the back and you'll see the Parenting section. Everything is there for every stage - newborn to the teen years. Here's a brief sampling. Come and visit. Let us know what you think!