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.

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

SPOKANE VALLEY • Saturday, Apr 19 • 9am-12pm
Space is limited. Registration begins Mar 20. Click here to register.

Let’s Explore Nature

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

MORAN PRAIRIE • Saturday, May 10 • 10am-12pm
Space is limited. Registration begins Apr 10. Click here to register.

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. Bring your own scissors. 4 STARS credits

NORTH SPOKANE • Saturday, Jun 14 • 9am-1pm
Space is limited. Registration begins May 15. Click here to register.

I See ME Multicultural Stories

Young children love seeing themselves in books. Join us as we look at stories that encompass different cultures and find the best books to share with children. 2 STARS credits

SPOKANE VALLEY • Saturday, Aug 23 • 10am-12pm
Space is limited. Registration begins Jul 24. Click here to register.

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

NORTH SPOKANE • Saturday, Sept 20 • 10am-12pm
Space is limited. Registration begins Aug 21. Click here to register.

Movement and Learning

Movement stimulates brain development in young children. Learn how to incorporate movement into your daily routine to promote learning and early literacy skills in young children. 4 STARS credits

MORAN PRAIRIE • Saturday, Oct 25 • 9am-1pm
Space is limited. Registration begins Sep 25. Click here to register.

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

SPOKANE VALLEY • Saturday, Nov 22 • 10-11am
Space is limited. Registration begins Oct 23. Click here to register.

New Picture Books from 2014

Join us as we look at the best new books from 2014 to use with babies, toddlers and preschoolers. 2 STARS credits

NORTH SPOKANE • Saturday, Dec 13 • 10am-12pm
Space is limited. Registration begins Nov 13. Click here to register.

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

SPOKANE VALLEY • Saturday, Jan 10, 2015 • 10am-12pm
Space is limited. Registration begins Dec 11. Click here to register.

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