ICYMI: STEM and Family Engagement in Early Learning

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.

Due to technical difficulties, there is not a visual in the first few minutes of the recording, but the visuals do appear soon enough. Please hang in there!
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:

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.
Combined Handbells/Deskbells
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.