STARS Training

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The Spokane County Library District offers free STARS classes for childcare providers, teachers, and parents. All our classes are certified through the Washington State Department of Early Learning. Even if you don’t need STARS credit, you can come to the monthly classes that interest you for new ideas to engage the kids in your life.

Registration is required. Registration opens 30 days before the scheduled class. Click the library name below to register.

Upcoming STARS Classes

New Picture Books From 2016

Saturday, Dec 10, 10am–12pm
ARGONNE

Join us as we look at the best new books from 2016 to use with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.
2 STARS credits

Movement Activities for Winter

Saturday, Jan 21, 10 am–12pm
MORAN PRAIRIE

Movement stimulates brain development in young children. Learn how to incorporate movement into your daily routine to promote children’s learning and early literacy skills. We’ll explore both indoor and outdoor activities to do during the winter months.
2 STARS credits

More than Counting: Math and Early Literacy

Saturday, Mar 18, 10am-12pm
ARGONNE

Early math for toddlers and preschoolers is more than just counting. We explore how young children learn about math using the Learning Pathways to Numeracy and how to use picture books to teach math concepts in developmentally appropriate ways.
2 STARS credits

Music and Early Literacy

Saturday, Apr 22, 10am-12pm
SPOKANE VALLEY

Music and reading play well together. Learn how music and singing enhance early literacy skills in young children—and have fun while doing it!
2 STARS credits

Best Books for Summer

Saturday, May 6, 10am-12pm
ARGONNE

Entice your students to read throughout the summer to prevent summer slide with this reader’s advisory for Kindergarten through grade 4. Learn how to help students choose their books, so that they are appealing and reading level appropriate.
2 STARS credits

Ready for School with STEM

Saturday, May 20, 9am-1pm
MORAN PRAIRIE

We will cover why STEM is important for preschoolers, what preschoolers need to be ready for kindergarten, and how to get comfortable doing STEM activities with the children in your care. We will try out some STEM activities. You will learn how to put together a STEM lesson and what STEM kits are available for check out and some take-home ideas for family engagement.
4 STARS credits

Flannel Stories

Saturday, Jun 17, 9am-1pm
SPOKANE VALLEY

Bring stories to life with flannel pieces. You’ll learn how to make easy flannels and leave with two flannel stories ready for use. During this training, you will have a chance to use our die-cut machines to make additional flannel pieces for classrooms and activities. We will supply the felt and patterns. Please bring your own scissors.
4 STARS credits

Block Play

Saturday, Sep 16, 10am-12pm
SPOKANE VALLEY

Learn about our new block program called Family Construction Zone. Blocks are a great tool for teaching STEM and literacy skills. You’ll get a chance to play with the blocks.
2 STARS credits

Social Emotional Skills and Early Literacy

Saturday, Oct 14, 10am-12pm
MORAN PRAIRIE

Social emotional skills are important for being ready to start kindergarten. Learn how to use books to teach skills such as sharing, impulse control, controlling emotions, and taking turns.
2 STARS credits

Art and Early Literacy

Saturday, Nov 18, 10am-12pm
NORTH SPOKANE

Art is fun and helps young children develop fine motors skills and cognitive skills—both of which are needed for kindergarten readiness. We’ll go over the benefits of doing art with young learners and you’ll gain some great ideas to do with children.
2 STARS credits

New Picture Books from 2017

Saturday, Dec 9, 10am-12pm
ARGONNE

We take a close look at the best new books from 2017 to use with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.
2 STARS credits

Previous STARS Classes

Science and Early Literacy

Early Literacy Skills and Early Science Skills go hand in hand. Find out how to use stories, songs, books and activities to build both skill sets at once.
2 STARS credits

Music and Early Literacy

Music and reading play well together. Learn how music and singing enhance early literacy skills in young children—and have fun while you do it!
3 STARS credits

Storytelling Fun with Preschoolers

Storytelling has been a tradition in many cultures and is fun to share with children. Learn how to incorporate storytelling into your daily routine and emphasize early literacy skills.
2 STARS credits

Love Talk Play

Love Talk Play is a parent campaign that supports parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. This parenting campaign focuses on children from birth – three years old and the message is something that all parents can and should do with their children. Learn how to incorporate Love Talk Play into your daily routine and how to share the message with parents.
1 STARS credit

Storytime Bootcamp

Learn how to put a together a storytime for preschoolers that includes not only books, but fingerplays, songs, and movement activities.
2 STARS credits

Sing Into Reading

Learn how singing and reading go together. We’ll be learning how to incorporate singing into your daily routine and for family engagement activities.
2 STARS credits

Engaging Families with Literacy Activities

Learn how to design a family engagement program based around literacy activities that are sure to encourage all your families to attend.
2 STARS credits

Ready for School with STEM

This two part training is designed to help you become more comfortable teaching STEM concepts to preschoolers. While we encourage you to sign up for both parts of the training, Part One can stand alone.

Part One covers why STEM is important for preschoolers, what preschools need to know to be ready for kindergarten, and how to become more comfortable with doing STEM activities with the children in your care. We’ll try out some STEM activities together and also give you lessons to take with you to try with the children in your care.
3 STARS Credits

In Part Two, we will share how the STEM lessons you tried out with your children worked. You’ll learn how to put together a STEM lesson and where to find STEM kits that are available in your community for check out, as well as take home ideas for family engagement.
2 STARS Credits

Block Play

Come learn about our block program called Family Construction Zone. Learn how blocks are a great tool for teaching math and engineering skills. You’ll also get a chance to play with the blocks too.
2 STARS credits

Nature Play and Literacy

Getting outside and discovering the world around them is fascinating for young children. Learn how using books about nature builds on early literacy skills and gets children interested in nature.
2 STARS credits 

I See Me Multicultural Stories

Young children love seeing themselves in books. We’ll look at stories that encompass different cultures and find the best books to share with children.
2 STARS credits

Flannel Stories

Bring stories to life with flannel pieces. You’ll learn how to make easy flannels, and leave with one flannel story ready to use. Please bring your own scissors.
4 STARS credits

Every Child Ready to Read

Early literacy begins with the primary adults in a child’s life. Learn about the five practices to do with children so that they are ready to read when they start kindergarten and how to share these practices with families.
2 STARS credits

Social Emotional Skills and Literacy

Social emotional skills are an important part of being ready to start kindergarten. Learn how to use books to teach skills such as sharing, impulse control, controlling emotions, and taking turns.
2 STARS credits