Offering respect and empathy. Don’t be afraid to try and fail. Make your plans to fit with families’ demanding schedules.
These are among the insights shared by our partners from La Casa Hogar in Yakima and the Spokane County Library District at a webinar this week. Both organizations have received grants from Thrive Washington to do work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in early learning.
Thanks to Laura Armstrong and Cecilia Gonzalez of La Casa Hogar and Mary Ellen Braks of Spokane County Library District for sharing information about their programs, as well as their expertise and lessons learned. There is a wealth of knowledge about families and communities among these three, and I know that learned quite a few things from being part of this webinar. I hope you find it equally informative!
After you watch the webinar, feel free to check out the following resources suggested by the presenters:
- Getting Ready for Kindergarten, a kindergarten transition web resource from Spokane County Library District
- STEM Lesson Plans from Spokane County Library District
- Sample slideshow from La Casa Hogar: Parent education STEM class
Thrive Washington is proud to support Spokane County Library District and La Casa Hogar as part of its STEM grant-making portfolio. Laura, Cecilia and Mary Ellen have graciously consented to share their contact information if you have follow-up questions!
- Laura Armstrong and Cecilia Gonzalez
- Mary Ellen Braks,
About those bells!
Curious about the set of bells and sheet music that the Spokane County Library District used at its events? They’re great for little ones as they can tap the top to make the bell ring rather than use it as a handbell.
Here is more information.
RB107-8 note Diatonic Set
For ordering information:
Rhythm Band Instruments, Music in Motion, or Amazon.com
Music must be created, or purchased separately. Rhythm Band Instruments have bell lessons on DVD, and Lakeshore Learning has handbells (not deskbells) and song cards.