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Let's enjoy summer!
Summer in Santa Cruz County = beach, salty water, boogie boards, squeaky sand, sand castles, new friends, enormous cookies, flirting with waves, finding seashells and sand dollars, reading in the shade... AND you can safely do it all at our local beaches!

Choose your beach wisely for the younger children, like this one with a relatively level and gradual entry into the ocean. Local moms report that their favorite beaches for the little ones are: Davenport Landing, Seacliff State Beach, Rio Flats and Sunset State Beach.
The great shakeup of our educational culture continues.

On July 20, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and the Santa Cruz County Health Department announced in a 66 page document that ALL schools will be required to do Distance Learning through December.

Just my anecdotal observations, but parent reactions to this are not all positive and are causing them to think creatively about supplementing distance learning or homeschooling in micro schools.

One possible consequence for public schools may be loss of enrolled students and thus loss of per/student funding. We will not know the results until schools "open."

An article I read about the process of making decisions suggested that instead of being led by making "either/or" decisions, we should use the "both/and thinking..." approach. The author argued that some children (special needs, poverty, safety) need to be in a classroom environment and some can do fine with distance learning.

Children have been going to daycare centers in stable groups of 12. How's that working out? Would similar practices by individual schools or families in their own homes work well? There is at least one PreK-12 school in the county that is well prepared for outdoor learning. There may be more.

Parents are creating new approaches that satisfy "both/and" to meet their unique needs, such as forming small learning pods led by a credentialed teacher or volunteer parents. Some are creating a "scholarship" of sorts for a single parent who must work. These pods would work independently as a home-private school or with private and public school distance learning.
Has anyone considered Outdoor Schooling ? Schools Beat Earlier Plagues with Outdoor Classes - We Should Too is a fascinating article on outdoor schooling in New York in 1918. California, with its temperate climate is well suited for this and at least one local school has spent the summer preparing for outdoor schooling. There are a couple of small "forest schools" that meet outside year round.

For now, I highly suggest setting aside "schooling" and doing summer! Parmalee

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Thought Provoking Nutrition
Local parent, nutritionist and author, Jill Troderman, has written a book filled with helpful information for families. It's very timely during our SIP lifestyle for it's filled with lots to do for all ages and soundly based in the science of nutrition:

  • Over 50 thought-provoking nutrition lessons
  • Physical activities like cardio/aerobic, strength training, and restorative exercises
  • Inspiring mindfulness activities including gratitude journaling, hand mudras, and saying positive mantras
  • Fun arts and crafts ideas
  • Exciting science experiments
  • Engaging games, handouts, and journal templates
  • Over two dozen nutritious plant-based recipes

Family Events
Fun Tech July - Fun Tech Have you ever wanted to learn to code? This month we encourage you to explore coding using Scratch to create a game. If you share it with us, we will put it up on our website for the community to be able to play it.
All the Farmers Markets!
Just picked, fresh from the farms to you, and often musical entertainment and special, delectable eats for foodies! Details
Writing Homeschooling Goals
July 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
We'll talk about how to break down yearly goals into weekly and daily plans.
With veteran Homeschooler, Heddi Craft. Details
Want to live from fear or values? July 28 @ 2:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Bi-weekly teaching on FB Live 2pm Tuesday and Thursday in July. 3rd monthly series after Thought Traps and Emotional Well-being. Details
Triple P 8-week Virtual Group: for families with children 2 – 12 years old - July 23 @ 3pm - 4:30 pm Details
Tom Noddy’s Bubble Magic - July 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - In his 20-plus-year career as America's Bubble Guy he has appeared on numerous prime time television shows as well as night clubs and universities. Details
Lego Building Challenge
July 15 - Join our 8 week summer Lego Building Challenge. Details
Join us at The Art Factory for our 12th year of extraordinary art camp! Due to Covid-19, we are running a virtual program this year. Camps are 1 week long and meet for 2 hours per day. Next classes: Comics & Cartooning, Costume Illustration, Tropical Art, Scientific Insect Illustration Details
Look Up To The Stars! Virtual Program
July 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free - Look Up to the Stars Astronomy Programs deliver some of the most awe inspiring astronomy presentations that often have record-breaking attendance. Details
Stuff the Bus July - August - Stuff the Bus It's time again for Stuff the Bus! The Santa Cruz COE is proud to partner with United Way of Santa Cruz County again this year for Stuff the Bus: School Supply Fundraiser to help supply students experiencing homelessness or financial hardship with the supplies they will need for the upcoming school year Details
Positive Discipline Community Resources (PDCR) Monday’s and Thursdays 3-4:30pm, Rotating topics for all ages and parents. Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties welcome to join FREE! Details
Tales to Tails goes virtual!
Wednesdays, 10-11am, How will this work? Join us!
Redwood Forest Steam Train, Roaring Camp, Daily 11 am, 12:30pm, 2pm, masks required. Travel over trestles, through towering redwood groves and up a winding narrow-gauge grade to the summit of Bear Mountain as conductors narrate the history of Roaring Camp , the railroad and the forest. Opening June 26 Details
Join SCPL for a weekly Dungeons & Dragons campaign, Fridays, 1-4pm, Details
Baby Basics for New Mothers - July 25 @ 12:30 - 5:30pm & monthly through December 18
This class is for those who have little or no experience with babies. New parents are encouraged to take this class. Sutter Health - Details
Summer Camps for the children!
Many are open and following safe practices.
The Life-Changing Habit of Journaling
Ever wondered why history’s great minds including Isaac Newton, Abraham Lincoln, Andy Warhol, Leonardo Da Vinci, Marcus Aurelius, Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill, Benjamin Franklin, Ernest Hemingway, George Bernard Shaw and Maya Angelou would spend so much of their precious time writing things that will never be seen by another soul? Explore the life-changing habit of journaling > > >
Support for Parents
Remote Learning? No Thanks by David Leonhardt, NYT Read more>>

School openings across globe suggest ways to keep coronavirus at bay, despite outbreaks
July 7, 2020
Science's COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center.
Early this spring, school gates around the world slammed shut. By early April, an astonishing 1.5 billion young people were staying home as part of broader shutdowns to protect people from the novel coronavirus. Read this article > > >