An addictive and simple app for back to school preparation. Slice your way through all upper and lower case letters by name or phonic sounds
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- Google Play for Android
- Made for Ages 5 and Under
- Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5 & Android
- Supports 3 difficulty settings: EASY, MEDIUM, or HARD
- IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Skill Apps for Kids
- IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Story Apps for Kids
Sam doesn't talk much. He likes trucks and dogs but none of the kids in his class know that. The thought of show-and-tell at school sends Sam into a panic fueled tummy ache. What if he says something dumb? What if he says the wrong words? What if he cries, or worse, throws up?!!
Other kids take turns before Sam. None of them cry or throw up. No one laughs at them either, so Sam works up the courage to try show-and-tell himself. The illustration of Sam's friends sitting on the rug eagerly waiting to hear what he has to say is priceless. Mostly, friends just want to be your friends. No one is waiting for Sam to mess up - they want to know what his cool show-and-tell thing is!
Next time, show-and-tell is easier for Sam because that's how shy works...practice helps make handling it easier. I should know. I routinely threw up in the morning in elementary school during the first fear fueled weeks of school. Getting used to school can be hard! I did not like at all being expected to speak in front of the class. Show-and-tell? No, thank-you! All of that lasted until about fifth grade. I guess that was finally enough practice! If Sam and I can practice, your child can too! Author: Beth Bracken
If you have a shy child here are some websites that might give you ideas to help your child practice. Practice really does help.
- KidsHealth: Shyness
- KidsHealth: How Can I Help My Child Overcome Shyness?
- American Academy of Pediatrics HealthChildren.org: Shyness in Children
- Livstrong.com: Games for Shy Kids
- eHow: Games for Shy Kids
Here are some more books like Sam's; stories about other kids who are also shy. Knowing a friend understands, even an imaginary book friend, helps too!Print This Post
"We're going over in a safe area," she told the 5-year-olds. Then, she opened a book and started to read. CNN
This is what we have to offer you today in the aftermath of the inexplicable. Come. Open a book. Start to read. Hold them close and revisit old friends together; Curious George, The Cat in the Hat, Arthur, The Little Engine That Could.
Or stay at home and do the same. Find the books in the bookcase with the dog-eared pages and the tell-tale bite marks on the spine; the ones you can probably recite without looking at the pages. Choose the one with the coffee ring on the cover for having been on the bedside table every night.
Favorite stories are steadfast old friends to count on in times of trouble.
It is clear from the resources we have gathered below that one of the best things we can all do is simply reassure children that many people - their family, their teachers, their neighbors, the people at day care or church or the library love and care about them and are looking out for their safety.
“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered. "Yes, Piglet?" "Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand. "I just wanted to be sure of you.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
This video shares some expert advice from the makers of Sesame Street:
Professional Advice about Helping Children Cope with Violence and Tragic Events:
- The Fred Rogers Company: Fred Rogers Talks About Tragic Events in the News
- KidsHealth: How to Talk to Your Child About the News
- Boston Children's Hospital: Talking to Children After Tragedy
- Family & Children's Services: Boston Marathon Explosion - Resources for Parents
- Books to Help Kids Cope with Boston Marathon News
- Talking with Kids about the Tragedy in Boston
- Psychology Today: Helping Children Cope After the Boston Marathon Bombing
- Today Show Video: Psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz offers tips on how to tell your kids about the tragedy in Boston and answer their questions while making sure they feel safe and secure.
- PBS Arthur Special Program: Helping Our Children Feel Safe
- El Señor Rogers: Cómo ayudar a los niños con acontecimientos trágicos en las noticias
- National Association of School Psychologists: Helping Children Cope
- LA Times: Helping Children Cope With Tragedy
- The National Institute of Health: Coping With Trauma after Violence and Disasters
- Common Sense Media: Explaining the News to Kids
|While favorite stories are comforting and familiar, you may find that it would be helpful to read a book together that helps your child understand feeling afraid or anxious; or answers questions he or she might have about death. Below are several children's books that address separation anxiety, fear and grief. These are just a small sampling to show you the kinds of books that are available. Also listed are some parenting books about helping a child cope with anxiety. Click on any book jacket to go directly to the online catalog to make a request with your IndyPL Library Card, or visit any of our branch locations. IndyPL librarianswould be happy to help you find books like these.|
|A Terrible Thing Happened - After Sherman sees something terrible happen, he becomes anxious and then angry, but when a counselor helps him talk about these emotions he feels better.||Jenny is Scared - When Jenny and her brother are frightened by events in the world, their parents help them talk about their fears and feel better.|
|On That Day: a Book of Hope for Children - This book tells children that although terrible things happen, there is still hope that the world can be a better place.||Tough Boris - Although he is a very tough pirate, Boris von der Borch cries when his parrot dies.|
|Love Waves - While they are at work a mother and father send powerful "love waves" to their child at home, offering reassurance and comfort in their absence.||The Kissing Hand - When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.|
|The Kiss Box - As they prepare for a short separation, Mama Bear and Little Bear find a way to reassure each other while they are apart.||Mommy in My Pocket - A little girl gets anxious about separation from her mommy when she goes to school.|
|When Dinosaurs Die - Explains in simple language the feelings people may have regarding the death of a loved one and the ways to honor the memory of someone who has died.||Freeing Your Child From Anxiety - Written by an expert in the field of childhood anxiety disorders, this indispensable guide is for parents looking for safe, proven methods for reducing childhood anxiety. Dr. Chansky shows them how to teach their child to successfully deal with stress and face the challenges and uncertainties of life. This resource is a CD but is also available as a Downloadable eBook|
|Growing Up Brave - The author, a childhood anxiety expert, helps parents identify and understand anxiety in their children, outlines effective and convenient parenting techniques for reducing anxiety, and shows parents how to promote bravery for long-term confidence.||Tear Soup - A modern-day fable, told in a richly illustrated children's book format, about a woman who has suffered a terrible loss. Grandy has just suffered a big loss in her life, so she is cooking up a batch of "tear soup," in which the ingredients are parts of the grieving process, including memories, misgivings, feelings, and tears.|
|Love, Hugs & Healing - Helps children identify feelings that overwhelm them with anxiety and despair. Explains that sometimes bad things happen and good people are hurt. Children feel fear, sadness, and anger. The book teaches that there are ways of dealing with these emotions and helps children reaffirm fundamental truths about the world.||Healing Days - A guide for kids who have experienced trauma.|
|Snowflakes Fall - In this illustrated poem in honor of the victims of the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, falling snowflakes celebrate the uniqueness of life, its precious, simple moments, and the strength of memory.|
What we’re reading this week
Read for My Summer is We Give Books’ free online summer reading program! Each week they highlight a special book for you and your child to read online, along with fun activities and reading tips to make them come to life, including custom activities from ReadWriteThink.org. Download the flyer.
This week, read about animals! From real-life critters to fictional characters, the animals featured in this week’s books are sure to entertain all of our readers.
Read Right Now! books you can read online, right now, with no waiting!
||Read Emily Elizabeth Goes to School - In the “Emily Elizabeth Goes to School” Clifford Interactive Storybook (K–2), early readers follow Emily Elizabeth during her “big day” at school.|
||Read You Can't Go To School Naked - Kids will giggle and squirm at the silly scenarios this little guy imagines and cheer his unique solution. No library card required. Just set up a username and password and start to read.|
||Read Are You Read for School? Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!|
More FREE Online Reading:
- Ready to Read: More Read Right Now! Free eBooks for Kids by Subject
- Ready to Read: Story Apps for Kids
- Ready to Read: Free Online Stories Read Aloud
- Mr. Rogers Talks About Starting Kindergarten
- PBS Kids: Starting School
- Indianapolis School Chooser Guide
- Online Game: Dora's First Day at School
- Online Game: Bubble Guppies Classroom Game
- Online Game: Elmo's First Day of School
- Printable: Nick Jr. Off to School Coloring Pack
- Printable: Bubble Guppies First Day of School Memory Book
- Printable: Dora's Beyond the Backpack Tool Kit
- Printable: Blue's Get Ready for School Book
- Printable: Bubble Guppies Off to School Checklist
- Video: Sesame Street - The Count's First Day of School
- Video: Sesame Street Kermit News - First Day of School with Cookie Monster
- FREE Online Stories - Watch and Listen! No Library Card Required.
- More Read Right Now! Free eBooks for Kids by Subject
Want to read more without ever leaving home? Use your indyPL library card to download eBooks and audiobooks. Click on a book jacket to choose a book to download.
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Like a lot of kids, Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark is a hard thing to be afraid of because it lives right where kids are. You can have a night light, of course, but the dark, the dark still lurks in the corners.
The dark lived in the same house as Laszlo, a big place with a creaky roof, smooth, cold windows, and several sets of stairs. Sometimes the dark hid in the closet. Sometimes it sat behind the shower curtain. But mostly it spent its time in the basement.
In this story, The Dark is a character, just like Laszlo. It hangs out in all the places you would expect The Dark to like; the closet, behind doors, under the bed. Laszlo is a smart kid. He decides to face his fear. Armed with a flashlight, he goes to visit The Dark. When he does, he finds out that like a lot of unknown things, The Dark isn't so bad. In fact, The Dark is pretty nice. It is especially nice when you close your eyes to go to sleep. A great book for re-imagining The Dark as a friend instead of something scary. Author: Lemony Snicket
One of the best things about the dark is stars...and also meteors! Watching meteor showers is a great way to appreciate the dark and there is a good one coming up that peaks in a few days. It is the Perseid Meteor Shower.
From NASA: Perseids
Peak Activity: Aug 10 - Aug 13, 2014
Peak Activity Meteor Count: Up to 100 meteors per hour
More books about facing up to fears from big bears to nightmares to monsters:
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|Read for My Summer Week 7Check out their featured books this week about colors, painters, and illustrators!
0 to 3
Perfect for reading aloud and encouraging early word recognition, Baby: Colors! contains a rainbow of objects, from green balloons to purple butterflies. After reading, head over to our program page to go on a rainbow toy hunt or create heart ball art!
4 to 7
In the summer of 1871, a young painter named Thomas Moran joined a team of scientists heading for the untamed land called "the Yellowstone." Tom had never ridden a horse or slept under the stars before, but the paintings he created on his journey from city boy to seasoned explorer would lead to the founding of America's first national park. Follow his journey in this week's 4 to 7 age group pick, Yellowstone Moran, then visit the Read for My Summer page for a Yellowstone scavenger hunt and an outdoor art show activity from ReadWriteThink!
8 to 10
Ted Geisel loved to doodle from the time he was a kid. He had an offbeat, fun-loving personality. He often threw dinner parties where guests wore outrageous hats! And he donned quirky hats when thinking up ideas for books such as his classic The Cat in the Hat. Who Was Dr. Seuss? brings an amazingly gifted author-illustrator to life. When you finish the book head over to our program page for a ReadWriteThink activity and Dr. Seuss games.
Join Little Critter in this interactive book app as he spends the day in the city with his mom. Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. From the train station to the museum, how will Little Critter do in the big city? iTunes Preview
- Made for Ages 5 and Under
- Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5
- Highlighted narration
- Learn new vocabulary with tappable words and pictures
- Record yourself reading
- Play two find-the-creature mini games! Can you can find all of the spiders and grasshoppers within the story?
- IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Skill Apps for Kids
- IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Story Apps for Kids
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Free and legal music downloads for you AND your kids are available at the library.
How Freegal Music Works:
- Library users have a weekly download limit. You will be able to keep track of your downloads in the upper right corner of the site. Every song has a sample clip you can listen to before you download. You must be logged in to enjoy the sample clips. (Login using your library card and password.)
- The downloads on this site are all in the MP3 format with no DRM, and videos are in the MP4 format with no DRM. This service will work on almost any computer, player, tablet or smartphone. The Freegal Music mobile app is free in the Apple® App Store and in Google® Play.
- Music videos will cost you 2 of your allotted downloads. If you do not have 2 downloads available you will not be able to download a music video.
- The search engine is both a simple and advanced search, and will return results primarily by the album that the song is from.
Enjoy the site!
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