TAG: young learners

Lessons from Mom

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, Parents and Teachers on May 12, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_LessonsMom By Clarissa Fidler Having just celebrated Mother’s Day on Sunday, I’ve been thinking about all the ways my mom has influenced my life and shaped who I am today. Even now in my late 20s, I still find I need her advice and support on a regular basis. I think moms have a special gift […]

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Backyard Fun for Kids

Posted in For You, kids on April 28, 2015 at 6:00 am

Family Having Fun Playing In Garden By Rachel Edmondson Spring is the time of year when parents everywhere rejoice that it’s finally warm enough to send their kids outside to play. My kids are always happiest when they’ve had a chance to run around outside, dig in the dirt, and soak up some sun. When my kids are stuck inside all day they […]

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Seize the Día

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on April 6, 2015 at 6:00 am

P&T_Feature_SeizeDia El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children — appreciating culture, heritage, and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities. It is a daily commitment to linking ch […]

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5 Cool Facts About Leafy Sea Dragons

Posted in kids on June 5, 2014 at 6:00 am

Kids_Feature_LeafySeaDragon By Corinne W. Leafy sea dragons are one of the coolest animals. Here are five reasons why: They’re related to sea horses. They live off the coast of South and East Australia. So many divers started taking the Leafy Sea Dragon home as pets that the Australian government had to start protecting them. They are […]

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What About Those Storytimes?

Posted in Parents and Teachers on May 7, 2014 at 6:00 am

P&T_Feature_Storytime by Wilma Flanagan Storytime has a long history as a library program, providing early learning opportunities for over a hundred years. In 1899, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh was one of the first libraries to offer storytime, and by the 1940s many libraries were offering these programs as a way of helping young children become […]

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One-Stop Childcare

Posted in Parents and Teachers on April 10, 2014 at 9:30 am

P&T_Feature_ChildcareFair by Rachel E. Becoming a parent is a big decision. Then once you’re a parent, the decisions just keep coming. Which car seat is safest? Which stroller is best? Do I want to sleep train my kid and, if so, what age is the right age to start? Of course, every decision comes with many […]

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STARS Training

Posted in Parents and Teachers on February 27, 2014 at 6:00 am

PT_Feature_STARS by Mary Ellen Braks Looking for practical ways to turn everyday activities like talking, reading, singing, writing, and playing into super-charged learning moments with the infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in your care? Spokane County Library District offers monthly free STARS classes for childcare providers and teachers to earn continuing educa […]

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Happy Birthday Dear Doctor

Posted in kids on February 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

Kids_Feature_HappyBirthdaySeuss by Gwendolyn H. In honor of Dr. Seuss’s (aka Ted Geisel’s) 110th birthday on March 2nd, here are some fun facts about Dr. Seuss: Dr. Seuss wrote The Cat in the Hat because he thought that the books used to teach reading (the famous Dick and Jane series) were super boring. He wrote Green Eggs […]

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A Seussical Celebration

Posted in News on February 11, 2014 at 6:00 am

News_Feature_DrSeuss Theodore Geisel, (Dr. Seuss), wrote The Cat in the Hat because he was worried that children were not learning to read. Publisher William Spaulding, challenged him to “Write me a story that first-graders can’t put down!” with the caveat that he had to limit the book’s vocabulary to no more than 225 different words.  Since […]

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Playing Outside the (Pizza) Box

Posted in Parents and Teachers on November 13, 2013 at 6:00 am

P&T_Feature_Feltboard by Christie O. Felt boards are a great interactive way to play with your young child and incorporate many early literacy practices into your play. Commercial felt boards (or flannel boards) can be both expensive and bulky, but armed with glue, felt, and an unused pizza box, you can make your own. Choose a neutral […]

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