Math at bedtime? Sure! Why not!?
For many parents, reading a book at bedtime with their child is a no brainer. There are so many good reasons to do this. It builds vocabulary, strengthens critical thinking skills, sparks imagination, and gives your kiddos a little one-on-one time. So of course, this means the same could be said of doing a little math at bedtime, right? The good people at Bedtime Math agree with me. They have a whole webpage devoted to making kids “love math like playtime or dessert.” I downloaded their app onto my iphone. My son and I use it whenever we have to wait (doctor’s office, restaurant, get to soccer practice a little early, etc.). We learn a little something on the topic of the day and then solve a few math problems around it. The math problems are divided into three different levels. At age 8, he can easily work through the first two levels. We are now working on the third and hardest level.
I encourage all the parents out there to think about incorporating a little more mathematics into your everyday life, bedtime or otherwise. Need some ideas? Then take a look at the Bedtime Math website or check out one of their books. Happy calculating!
Bedtime Math by Laura Overdeck (j 513.2 OVERDEC)
Bedtime Math 2: This Time It’s Personal by Laura Overdeck (j 513.2 OVERDEC)
Summer Reading prizes
We are so proud of all the kids who have been reading, reading, reading, as part of the Fizz, Boom, Read program this summer! The drawings are all done, but if you haven't picked up your prizes, you still have a little bit of time left. Be sure to claimthem before school starts!
Tween Recommended Reads
It might be the end of August, summer reading is over and
school has not yet started, but we still need to keep our kids reading! Sometimes it can be hard to keep tweens interested
in a good book. Lucky for us the good
folks at the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) created an
eclectic list of great books perfect for the tween reader. If you are in need of some book
recommendations for your 4th, 5th, and 6th
graders, then go to http://www.ala.org/alsc/sites/ala.org.alsc/files/content/Tween13_RecReadsList.pdf
for a pdf version of this list.
CHILL With a TRILLer
Adult Summer Reading is going gangbusters. This week we have some new thrillers to suggest.
Stories at South Hill Mall
If you enjoy stories, join us at South Hill Mall for Family Storytime at 11am each Thursday through August 28. We'll be by the fireplace in the Food Court. You can listen to an old favorite, or discover a new one. See you there!
Where Kids and Grown-up Have Fun with Science and Technology
Learning more about the science and study of celestial objects, space, and the physical universe is even easier to do at the Puyallup Public Library. The children’s librarians are now members of NASA’s Space Place community. As members, the librarians receive a small display about various space topics once every three to four months. This display is put up in the children’s non-fiction area at the end of a shelf (only a few steps from J 520, the Dewey Decimal Number for astronomy!).
A new display about infrared radiation and the Herschel Space Observatory just went up. This display is packed full of information and pictures. The display that just went down was about the art and beauty of space photography. I invite you to come take a look at this new display in the children’s area of the library.
To learn more about space and astronomy I encourage you to take a look at the Space Place website at SpacePlace.NASA.gov. This website is full of activities and information for children as well as parents. Explore fun facts, games, puzzles, coloring sheets, videos, photos, and so much more. Then, don’t forget to check out some books or videos on the topic. Your library has plenty for you to look at about our solar system and beyond. You will be seeing stars in your eyes!
Animal Sounds -- Miss Carol's Theme of the Week!
What does the fox say?
Or the pig? Or the owl? Or even the cricket? Animal noises are all around us. Take a seat in the park or even your own
backyard, I bet you can hear the sounds of animals. What does a bee in a flower sound like? Is that the call of a bird? Just like us people, animals use sounds to
communicate. Sometimes we don’t know
what the animals are telling us… but sometimes we do!
When young children listen to and then make different
animal sounds, they are actually learning phonological awareness. These young people are learning to play with
the sounds of our language. Our spoken
language is full of sounds that children need to learn about and to
identify. Introducing children to the
noises that animals make is a fun way to discover the rich variety of sounds in
our everyday world.
Explore animal noises with these fun books:
Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming (jj FLEMING)
Good Night, Owl! by Pat Hutchins (jj HUTCHIN)
Hello, Day! by Anita Lobel (jj LOBEL)
Hush!: A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho, illustrated by Holly
Meade (jj HO)
Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin
Jr. and Eric Carle (jj MARTIN)
The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle (jj CARLE)
Armchair Travel Suggestions
Don't melt in the heat! Let's do a little traveling with these summer reading suggestions:
Literary Elements-the Adult Summer Reading Program started on June 16th and we are looking forward to a summer of delicious reads. Each week we will offer some reading suggestions from different genres to add to your summertime reading list.
First up is historical fiction. Rich stories set in the past have always been a favorite of mine and here are a few titles set in America’s past that I can highly recommend:
Get your reluctant reader reading!
Summer reading time is in full swing here at the
library. Some children have no problem
finding a book and sitting down to the business of reading. Other children need to be persuaded to read
something, anything. If you are the
parent or caregiver of one of these reluctant readers (I know I am), then here
are some helpful hints to get reading:
Set up a special time just for reading with
them. Time to read can be found in any
busy schedule. Carve it out. Schedule it if you need to. Just before bedtime is always popular. How about while dinner is cooking? Or right after eating a meal? Let your child read aloud in the car while
you drive. It doesn’t need to be overly
long. Most importantly, when the time is
set up, don’t skip out on it.
Have them read out loud to you. Some kiddos will avoid reading because they
think they are no good at it. Find out
Make them feel safe and not judged. Set ground rules if you need to. (For example, the words “It’s too hard,”
should not be allowed during reading time.)
Let your struggling readers know that you didn’t know all the words when
you were young. Confide that there are
still words that you don’t know.
Use books that are fun, this is summer after
all! Pick books your child wants to
read, not what you want. Something that
you once loved as a young person may have no appeal to a child in today’s
world. Explore a topic that interests
your child. Think about non-fiction
books. Learn something new
Encourage your child to pick one book at a time
to read in your reading session. Make it
special for the two of you to share together.
Use cliffhangers to get them excited for the next session. Let them choose other books to read outside
of your reading session if they are catching the reading bug.
Your library is full of many exciting and interesting
books. If you need help finding a book,
do not hesitate to ask for help. We are
always happy to talk about books!