TAG: young learners

Gift guide: kids books perfect for giving (and reading)

Posted in Explore and Discover on November 22, 2016 at 6:00 am

feature_giftguidekidsbooks By Sheri Boggs In looking over the thousands of books published in 2016, I have found that there’s no shortage of great gift ideas for the children and teens on your holiday list. A few high profile releases come out before or around Thanksgiving: Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11: Double Down and the newest […]

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Talking about preschool STEM

Posted in Parents and Teachers on November 1, 2016 at 6:00 am

feature_stem1 By Gwendolyn Haley STEM is a hot topic right now. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields are the fastest growing sector of the economy, and businesses in Washington state are among the leading employers in these fields. As a parent, I want to make sure that my daughters are aware of all the opportunities […]

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Pajama Storytime 2016

Posted in News on October 31, 2016 at 6:00 am

calendar item - Pajama Storytime Hear local authors read their favorite picture books at a special pajama storytime! We’ll follow the usual format with 30 minutes of stories, fingerplays, and songs followed by a 30-minute play and learn session. Pajamas are encouraged but not required. All ages welcome. Ages 6 and under must bring an adult. AIRWAY HEIGHTS Saturday, Nov […]

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Early Literacy Skills workshops

Posted in News on October 14, 2016 at 6:00 am

feature_earlyliteracyworkshops For parents of preschool and early elementary students What are early literacy skills? Early literacy skills are what kids know about reading and writing before they actually read and write. Many of these skills develop naturally in children when parents, siblings, and caregivers spend time talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing with them. […]

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Bringing family together: picture books for older kids

Posted in Explore and Discover, kids on October 11, 2016 at 6:00 am

feature_picturebooks By Melanie Boerner Picture books are known for their 40 pages (or less) of illustrations and text that tell a story for young children. And most kids leave picture books behind when they enter higher elementary grades. But wait, don’t disregard picture book reads entirely for these grades! Authors and illustrators are penning picture books […]

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Irena’s Children: Q&A with Mary Cronk Farrell

Posted in Explore and Discover on September 22, 2016 at 6:00 am

feature_marycronkfarrell By Sheri Boggs Local author Mary Cronk Farrell writes about the kinds of people whose stories aren’t widely told, but ought to be. In Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific, she tells the story of nearly 100 army and navy nurses who struggled to not […]

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Back to Homeschool Resources

Posted in News on September 14, 2016 at 6:00 am

feature_backtohomeschoolresources   The Library District has free resources that help homeschooling parents develop lessons that match their children’s unique interests, abilities, and learning styles. In this homeschooling resource discussion, we will review helpful online resources, share library information and digital apps, and answer questions and help parents fin […]

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Kids Fall Programs 2016

Posted in News on September 7, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_KidsFall2016 This fall at the Library District brings fun STEM activities, seasonal crafts, and more for kids of all ages. We have creative inventions with the Makey Makey invention kits, web coding with Code Studio, gingerbread house building, Frozen sing-a-long fun, and more. Some activities are age specific and include Lego Mindstorm Robots and Minecraft Dro […]

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Prime Time Family Reading: discovering ideas together

Posted in Explore and Discover, kids, Parents and Teachers on August 16, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_PrimeTime By Gwendolyn Haley Something magical happens when families read books together and then talk about the big ideas they encounter. Reading is always fun, but talking about books and ideas helps us learn about the world and one another in a whole new way. Prime Time Family Reading from Humanities Washington taps into that magic […]

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Serious fun for K-3 readers

Posted in Explore and Discover, kids, Parents and Teachers on May 26, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_SummerK-3Reading By Sheri Boggs If you’re a parent or teacher of a grade schooler, you’ve probably heard the term “summer slide,” sometimes also called “summer learning loss.” Summer slide refers to what happens to student brains when they are inactive over the three months of summer vacation. Although kids are getting a much needed break, they […]

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