TAG: preschool

Celebrate children, their cultural backgrounds, & literacy on Día

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on April 8, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs Launched in the 1990s by children’s author Pat Mora and sponsored by the American Library Association, El Día de los Ninos/El Día de los Libros (Día) is a national celebration of the importance of literacy “for all children from all backgrounds.” We have two events planned for Día, both on Tuesday, April […]

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Young learners & families find good fun in stories, art, games, and crafts

Posted in News on January 28, 2019 at 6:00 am

Storytime is coming to Spokane Valley Mall! Families with kids who are ages 4–8 can paint together. Everyone is invited to have “lots of good fun that is funny” when we celebrate Dr. Seuss. Bring the little ones and the whole family to these entertaining (and educational… we won’t tell if you don’t) events at […]

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Calling all kids: Explore electricity, demystify technology, and construct LEGO creations

Posted in News on January 23, 2019 at 6:00 am

IT’S ELECTRIC Explore Electricity with Snap CircuitsExplore electrical engineering concepts, like short and parallel circuits, with Snap Circuits! Together we’ll build things that chime, light up, spin, and use alternative energy. For ages 8+ Sponsored by the Diane E. Zahand Fund MEDICAL LAKEWednesday, Feb 6, 3:30–5pm CHENEYThursday, Feb 14, […]

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Storytime music to get your preschooler moving

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on December 18, 2018 at 6:00 am

Kids enjoying music By Rachel Edmondson Cold Spokane winters can leave us longing for the days when we can send the kids outside to run around and get some energy out. When the weather isn’t cooperating, music can be a great way to channel kids’ extra energy and help them get a little exercise at the same time. […]

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Block play and kindergarten readiness

Posted in Parents and Teachers on June 20, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Mary Ellen Braks This article is second in a 2-part series. The first article is 7 stages of block play: Building and early learning. As a librarian my go-to choice for baby gifts has always been books. The more books you have around your house and the more you read to children, the more likely it is […]

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7 stages of block play: Building and early learning

Posted in Parents and Teachers on June 16, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Mary Ellen Braks Blocks! Kids love them and parents love them. Most preschool classrooms and child care centers have blocks. Building programs seem to be everywhere. In fact, we’re having a week full of block and building activities at our storytimes this summer. You may be thinking, “Great! But why!?” My answer would be […]

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STEM Play & Learn Storytimes

Posted in For You, News, Parents and Teachers on December 19, 2016 at 6:00 am

UPDATED DATES: January-April 2017 STEM Play & Learn Storytime is a place for parents and caregivers to interact and play with their children while learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Each of these STEM areas include basic skills that preschoolers (ages 3–5) need for a ready-to-learn start to kindergarten. STEM kits may […]

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Talking about preschool STEM

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

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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