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 Children, Youth, and Families (formerly 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

Math: More Than Counting 2

This companion training to Math: More than Counting, in which we focused on the Learning Pathways in Numeracy, also works as a stand-alone, hands-on training, featuring math activities for toddlers and preschoolers. You’ll have the chance to play with the activities and discuss how they will work for the children in your care. Come prepared to participate and delve into fun, engaging math activities that you can recreate in your learning spaces. 2 STARS credits

SPOKANE VALLEY
Saturday, Jan 26, 10am–12pm

Engineering & Early Learning for Preschoolers

Kids are natural engineers. Blocks and building toys can help children, from a young age, develop fine motor skills, cognitive, math, and literacy skills. These skills are all important for kindergarten readiness. We’ll learn more about the connection between blocks and early learning and share a variety of engineering activities you can use with the preschoolers in your life. 2 STARS credits

NORTH SPOKANE
Saturday, Mar 9, 10am-12pm

Babies, Books, & Bounces

Brain development, social development, and early literacy grow most rapidly in baby’s first 5 years. We’ll explore nursery rhymes, stories, and songs designed to introduce baby to the rhythm and beauty of language, along with activities to build baby’s physical and cognitive skills. This program is designed specifically for individuals working with infants and young toddlers (ages 0–18 months). 2 STARS credits

ARGONNE
Saturday, Apr 13, 10am-12pm

Storytime Boot Camp

Learn how to put a storytime together for toddlers and preschoolers that includes not only books but fingerplays, songs, and movement activities. Plus learn how to share the five practices of early literacy from the Public Library Association’s program “Every Child Ready to Read” with the parents of the children in your care. 2 STARS credits

MORAN PRAIRIE
Saturday, May 11, 10am-12pm

Felt Stories

Bring stories to life with felt pieces. We share how felt stories develop early literacy and early math skills. Learn how to make easy felt stories and leave with two felt stories ready to use. The last hour of this training is a chance to use our die-cut machines to make additional felt pieces for your classrooms. We supply the felt and patterns. Please bring your own fabric scissors. 4 STARS credits

SPOKANE VALLEY
Saturday, Jul 13, 9am-1pm

Science & Literacy

Early literacy 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. We will talk about the five practices of early literacy and how they work well with introducing science concepts to children ages 2–5 years old. 2 STARS credits

NORTH SPOKANE
Saturday, Sep 28, 10am-12pm

Get Up & Go: Movement Activities

Movement stimulates brain development in young children. Learn how to incorporate movement into your daily indoor and outdoor routines throughout the year to promote learning and early literacy skills in young children. We’ll be going outside, so dress for the weather. 2 STARS credits

MORAN PRAIRIE
Saturday, Oct 19, 10am-12pm

Toddler Math & Literacy

Toddlers learn through play, including early math and literacy skills. We’ll explore the ways toddlers learn math through play, including counting, number sense, patterns, and spatial relationships, and how these early experiences build a strong foundation for learning. This program is designed specifically for individuals working with toddlers (ages 18–36 months). 2 STARS credits

SPOKANE VALLEY
Saturday, Nov 9, 10am-12pm

New Picture Books of 2019

Every year many new books are published and it can be hard to find the best of the bunch. We share our favorite new books from 2019 to use with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Our favorites are not only fun but also help develop early literacy, language, and STEM skills. 2 STARS credits

SPOKANE VALLEY
Saturday, Dec 14, 10am-12pm

Sensory Play: Messy Learning & Fun

Sensory play helps young children develop cognitive, social emotional, language, math, and motor skills while using all their senses to have fun. Come prepared to get messy as we explore sensory activities that enhance and extend early learning and literacy. 2 STARS credits

SPOKANE VALLEY
Saturday, Jan 11, 10am-12pm

Previous STARS Classes

Art & Early Literacy

Explore the benefits of creating art with children. We share how to help develop visual intelligence, the educational reasons for including art in your daily activities, and the difference between crafts and process art. You get to dive into some hands-on art activities that you can do with the children in your care. This workshop is geared towards working with preschoolers.
2 STARS credits

Best Books for Summer

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 books that are appealing and reading level appropriate.
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

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

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

Felt Stories

Bring stories to life with felt pieces. We share how felt stories develop early literacy and early math skills. Learn how to make easy felt stories and leave with two felt stories ready to use. The last hour of this training is a chance to use our die-cut machines to make additional felt pieces for your classrooms. We supply the felt and patterns. Please bring your own fabric scissors.
4 STARS credits

Flannel Stories

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

I See Me Multicultural Stories

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

Jim Gill: Joyous Music Play to Promote Literacy, Readiness, Math Development, & Inclusion

Jim’s latest class incorporates recent songs as well as an in-depth discussion that shows the connection between music play and school readiness, literacy development, and early math development. Get inspired to share a new repertoire of songs and playful literacy activities with the children in your care. Jim will discuss the challenges of working in early childhood development and how those challenges can also be what makes the profession so exciting. Explore the ways you can provide joyous challenges for children and how you can also keep yourself engaged and rejuvenated by watching their excitement as they learn.
3 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

Math: More Than Counting

Early math for toddlers and preschoolers is more than just counting. We explore how young children learn about math using the Learning Pathways in Numeracy. With an in-depth look at the Learning Pathways, we discuss ways to incorporate hands-on activities for early math learning. We also investigate how to use picture books to teach math concepts in developmentally appropriate ways.
3 STARS credits

More than Counting: Math and Early Literacy

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

Movement Activities for Winter

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

Music & Early Literacy

Music and reading play well together. Learn how music and singing enhance early literacy skills such as phonological awareness and vocabulary in young children—plus have fun while doing it! We share new songs that you can use to get the wiggles out and help with transitions. Be prepared to sing and move.
2 STARS credits

Nature Play & Early Literacy

Discovering the outside world is fascinating for young children. Being in nature develops STEM skills, vocabulary, and physical skills. Discover how using books about nature builds on early literacy skills and gets children interested in nature and reading.
2 STARS Credits

New Picture Books

Every year many new books are published and it can be hard to find the best of the bunch. We share our favorite new books to use with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Our favorites are not only fun but also help develop early literacy, language, and STEM skills.
2 STARS credits

Ready for School with STEM

We 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. Try out some STEM activities, learn how to put together a STEM lesson, explore the STEM kits available for check out at the library, and discover how to provide STEM family engagement programs for your childcare.
4 STARS credits

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

Sensory Play: Messy Learning & Fun

Sensory play helps young children develop cognitive, social emotional, language, math, and motor skills while using all their senses to have fun. Come prepared to get messy as we explore sensory activities that enhance and extend early learning and literacy.
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

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

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

 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