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Child Development ........ 2

Library Voice ................... 4

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resting flat on the floor.

Distance In this new learning milieu, you

can help by monitoring your
children’s levels of interest and

Learning engagement in adapting to

their new schedule and at-home
materials. The simplest way to

at do this? Observation. Look at

your child’s eyes to see if they’re
following along with the screen.

Home Check if they’re taking notes

or zoning out. Ask questions at
the end of a lesson. While this
may require taking an hour off
by Dr. Pamela Hurst-Della Pietra
from work or stepping out for
an early lunch, it’s important to
confirm that your children are
TEN TIPS FOR ONLINE EDUCATION While parents are adjusting to this schoolwork is done satisfactorily,
indeed learning. If you find that
new scenario, it’s also important so that it can receive their
With COVID-19 causing wide- your child is not engaging with
to help kids stay focused on undivided attention. Apps,
spread school closures, children the lessons, don’t be afraid to
learning and avoid overuse of games, and messaging features
across the country are being given contact the school district or
games, social media, and videos. are fun, but they can also prove
alternate resources, some online, teachers to better explore the
With that in mind, here are ten distracting. It may not be an
to study outside of the classroom. issue. Sometimes, easily remedied
tips for families adjusting to the option for everybody, but ideally,
technical problems such as bad
Temporary solutions that are being new reality of learning at home. try to give your kids a dedicated
audio, poor connection, or an
devised for remote education device, such as a school laptop for
1. DIGITAL QUARANTINE unhelpful camera angle can make
range from online classroom tools maximum online learning.
all the difference.
like Google Classroom, to Zoom Consider limiting your children’s
and podcasts by teachers. cell phones and tablets until their 2. MAKE SPACE FOR LEARNING 4. DIGITAL RECESS
Your children will achieve their Make sure that your children take
best work in a quiet, comfortable, plenty of breaks in order to get
and dedicated space devoted
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text message rather than simply their plans and help them develop
scrolling through social media. a written schedule not only for
You don’t want your children to the day, but for the week as a
feel socially isolated, but at the
same time, you want to protect
whole. Help them prioritize and
learn to create goals, tasks, and
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reliant upon their devices. Sit your they go to work. Tasks that may
children down for face-to-face not have been difficult for them
conversations about screen time.
In order to give them agency,
while attending school in person
can become more challenging
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should encourage print and book requirements, and tests like state
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textbooks from your child’s school going away just because classes
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by having discussions with secret predictions for a TV show
your children about what they that the whole family watches.
are doing, and also encourage Organize a tournament, family
creative writing and imaginative card games, charades, or chess,
story telling. or get outside for a hike or walk
together after school. Follow your
7. WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER community’s guidelines for safe
behavior and events, of course,
Remember that you’re not alone
but make sure you still find time
in this journey. Check in with other
for fun with your kids.
parents to see what they’ve found
effective or to ask if they need Without a doubt, this will be a
help. Share your concerns and challenging time for parents,
useful hints. If you need contact teachers, and children alike.
information for other parents or Studies show that screen time
resources, reach out to the PTA or can have both positive and
your child’s school. It is important adverse impacts on kids, and the
that we all work together as a shift to online education will only
community for the good of our increase your child’s time with
children and families. their devices.
YOUR PLAN Reprinted with permission. ©www.childrenand
Good planning can relieve stress Dr. Pamela Hurst-Della Pietra is the President of
for both students and parents. Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media
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Library Voice
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go to public spaces during the down, even when lying down.
warmest part of the day. Brick red gum color
HEAT EXHAUSTION: Excessive heat Fast pulse rate
can lead to sunburn, heat cramps,
heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Inability to get up
If  someone has heat cramps in the
legs or abdomen, get them to a
If you suspect that your pet may
cooler place, have them rest, lightly
have heat stroke, take their
stretch the affected muscle, and
temperature rectally. If their
It’s hot out there and the soaring Avoid extreme temperature changes. replenish their fluids with a half a
temperature is above 105 degrees,
temperatures can be dangerous. The glass (about 4 ounces) of cool water
Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light- cool the animal down. The easiest
American Red Cross has steps people every 15 minutes. 
colored clothing. Avoid dark colors way to do this is by using the
can follow to help stay safe when it’s thaty absorb the sun’s rays. water hose. Stop cooling the animal
hot outside.
Slow down, stay indoors. Avoid when their temperature reaches
If someone is exhibiting signs of
strenuous exercise during the hottest 103  degrees. Bring your pet to a
heat exhaustion (cool, moist, pale
part of the day. Postpone outdoor veterinarian as soon as possible, as
NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN OR PETS IN or flushed skin, heavy sweating,
activities. heat stroke can lead to severe organ
YOUR VEHICLE. headache, nausea, dizziness,
dysfunction and damage.
Use a buddy system when working in weakness exhaustion), move them
excessive heat. Take frequent breaks to a cooler place, remove or loosen
The inside temperature of a car can if working outdoors. tight clothing and spray them with
Take the Red Cross Cat and
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Dog First Aid online course at
Other heat safety steps include: neighbors without AC, who spend towels to the skin. Fan the person. This
much time alone, or who are more If  they are conscious, give small
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likely to be affected by heat. amounts of cool water to drink.
caregivers with step-by-step
Stay hydrated, drink plenty of fluids. Make sure the person drinks slowly.
If you don’t have air conditioning, tips for what to do if a pet is choking,
Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol. Watch for  changes in condition. If
has a wound, needs CPR or other
they refuse water, vomit, or begin to
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Animals can suffer heat stroke, teaches many lifesaving skills; provides
a common problem for pets in international humanitarian aid; and
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to deal with a situation. Experts something that you meant to
call it being “dysregulated.” It’s bring to Grandma’s, you could

Help Kids Calm

not effective to try to reason acknowledge that you are feeling
with a child who’s dysregulated. frustrated and say that you’re at a

To discuss what happened, you 4. It might feel a little silly at first,
need to wait until a child’s rational but it teaches kids to pause and
faculties are back “online.” notice what they are feeling.

Rethinking emotions If you see them starting to get

by Caroline Miller
upset about something, ask them
Parents can start by helping what they are feeling, and how
Techniques for helping kids What is dysregulation? children understand how their upset they are. Are they at a 6?
regulate their emotions and avoid emotions work. Kids don’t go For some younger kids, a visual
explosive behavior “Some children’s reactions are from calm to sobbing on the aid like a feelings thermometer
just bigger than their peers or floor in an instant. That emotion might help.
Many children have some difficulty their siblings or their cousins,” built over time, like a wave. Kids
with regulating their emotions. explains Lindsey Giller, PsyD, a can learn control by noticing and Validate your child’s feelings
Tantrums, outbursts, whining, clinical psychologist at the Child labeling their feelings earlier,
defiance, fighting:   these are all Mind Institute. “Not only do they before the wave gets too big to Validation is a powerful tool
behaviors you see when kids feel things more intensely and handle. for helping kids calm down
experience powerful feelings they quickly, they’re often slower to by communicating that you
can’t control. While some kids return to being calm.” Unusually Some kids are hesitant to understand and accept what
have learned to act out because intense feelings can also make acknowledge negative emotions. they’re feeling. “Validation is
it gets them what they want — a child more prone to impulsive “A lot of kids are growing showing acceptance, which
attention or time on the iPad — behaviors. up thinking anxiety, anger, is not the same thing as
other kids have trouble staying sadness are bad emotions,” agreement,” Dr. Giller explains.
calm because they are unusually When kids are overwhelmed says Stephanie Samar, PsyD, a “It’s nonjudgmental. And it’s not
sensitive. by feelings, adds Dr. Giller, the clinical psychologist at the Child trying to change or fix anything.”
emotional side of the brain isn’t Mind Institute. But naming and Feeling understood, she explains,
The good news is that learning to communicating with the rational accepting these emotions is “a helps kids let go of powerful
calm down instead of acting out is side, which normally regulates foundation to problem-solving feelings.
a skill that can be taught. emotions and plans the best way how to manage them.”
Effective validation means paying
Parents may also minimize undivided attention to your child.
negative feelings, notes Dr. “You want to be fully attuned
Samar, because they want their so you can notice her body
kids to be happy.  But children language and facial expressions
need to learn that we all have and really try to understand her
a range of feelings. “You don’t perspective,” says Dr. Samar. “It
want to create a dynamic that can help to reflect back and ask,
only happy is good,” she says. ‘Am I getting it right?’ Or if you’re
truly not getting it, it’s okay to
Model managing difficult feelings say, ‘I’m trying to understand.’ ”

“For younger children, describing Helping kids by showing them

your own feelings and modeling that you’re listening and trying
how you manage them is useful,” to understand their experience
notes Dr. Samar. “They hear you can help avoid explosive behavior
strategizing about your own when a child is building towards a
feelings, when you’re nervous or tantrum.
frustrated, and how you’re going
to handle it, and they can use Active ignoring
these words.”
Validating feelings doesn’t mean
For kids who feel like big emotions giving attention to bad behavior.
sneak up on them, you can help Ignoring behaviors like whining,
them practice recognizing their arguing, inappropriate language
emotions, and model doing or outbursts is a way to reduce
that yourself. Try ranking the the chances of these behaviors
intensity of your emotions from being repeated. It’s called
1-10, with 1 being pretty calm and “active” because it’s withdrawing
10 being furious. If you forget attention conspicuously.

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Family Life
“You’re turning your face, and they’re very engaged in. Providing in advance helps avoid meltdowns. Even a small amount of time set
sometimes body, away or leaving a warning before a transition “If you set up a plan in advance, it aside reliably, every day, for mom
the room when your child is happens can help kids feel more increases the likelihood that you’ll or dad to do something chosen by
engaging in minor misbehaviors prepared. “In 15 minutes, we’re end up in a positive situation,” Dr. a child can help that child manage
in order to withdraw your going to sit down at the table for Samar notes. stress at other points in the day.
attention,” Dr. Giller explains. dinner, so you’re going to need to It’s a time for positive connection,
“But the key to its effectiveness shut off your PS4 at that time,” Dr. Problem solving without parental commands,
is, as soon as your child is doing Giller suggests. It may still be hard ignoring any minor misbehavior,
something you can praise, to turn for them to comply, but knowing If a child has a tantrum, parents just attending to your child and
your attention back on.” it’s coming helps kids feel more are often hesitant to bring it letting her be in charge.
in control and stay calmer,” she up later, Dr. Samar notes. “It’s
Positive attention explains. natural to want to put that behind It can help a child who’s having a
us. But it’s good to revisit briefly, tough time in school, for instance,
The most powerful tool that Give options in a non-judgmental way.” to know she can look forward
parents have in influencing to that special time. “This five
behavior is attention. As Dr. When kids are asked to do Revisiting an earlier event — say minutes of parental attention
Giller puts it, “It’s like candy for things they’re not likely to feel a meltdown at the toy store — should not be contingent on good
your kids.” Positive attention will enthusiastic about, giving them engages the child in thinking behavior,” says Dr. Samar. “It’s a
increase the behaviors you are options may reduce outbursts about what happened, and to time, no matter what happened
focusing on. and increase compliance. For strategize about what could have that day, to reinforce that ‘I love
instance: “You can either come been done differently. If you can you no matter what.’ ”
When you’re shaping a new with me to food shopping or you come up with one or two things
behavior, you want to recognize can go with Dad to pick up your that might have led to a different
it and give a lot of attention to sister.”  Or: “You can get ready outcome, your child might Caroline Miller is editorial director of the Child
it. “So really, really focus in on for bed now and we can read a remember them next time he’s Mind Institute, an independent, national non-
starting to feel overwhelmed. profit dedicated to transforming the lives of
it,” adds Dr. Giller. “Be sincere, story together — or you can get children and families struggling with mental
enthusiastic and genuine. And ready for bed in 10 minutes and no health and learning disorders. Reprinted with
you want it to be very specific, to Five special minutes a day permission. ©2020 Child Mind Institute, Inc.
make sure your child understands
what you are praising.” “Giving two options can reduce
the negotiating that can lead to
When helping your child deal with tension,” Dr. Samar suggests. celebrate Autumn!
an emotion, notice the efforts to
calm down, however small.  For Coping ahead
example, if your child is in the
midst of a tantrum and you see Coping ahead is planning in
him take a deep inhale of air, advance for something that you
you can say, “I like that you took predict may be an emotionally
a deep breath” and join him in challenging situation for your
taking additional deep breathes. child, or for both of you. It means
talking, when you are both calm,
Clear expectations about what’s coming, being direct
about what negative emotions
Another key way to help prevent can arise, and strategizing how
kids from getting dysregulated you will get through it.
is to make your expectations
clear and follow consistent If a child was upset last time
routines. “It’s important to keep she was at Grandma’s house
those expectations very clear because she wasn’t allowed to
and short,” notes Dr. Samar, do something she gets to do at
and convey rules and expected home, coping ahead for the next
behaviors when everyone is calm. visit would be acknowledging that
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began to research its history so the
kids in my classes could learn about But today my story goes back to the
the people who helped to found this very beginning of the town. I’m not
unique seaside city. talking about way, way back, which
would have to include the story of
the ghost that haunts Morro Rock
I began my teaching career at (another cool story). I’m going back
Morro Elementary School in 1985. to the person who gets credit as the
It was a very beautiful school site. founding father of Morro Bay. He
At lunch, I would sometimes walk was one very enterprising young
around town. I noticed some odd- man by the name of Franklin Riley.
size buildings and others that were Then, Kasey started yelling that she
unusual, and I wondered what state or did he die in an accident? found Franklin Riley’s gravestone.
businesses were there in the past. History says Riley came down to this Then something else struck me; Next, she yelled that Franklin was not
area of California to search for some Morro Bay does not have a cemetery. alone. I ran across the cemetery to
government-owned land that was Yes, that’s right. Some of you know where she was standing, and found
I guess it was this same curiosity not part of a Mexican land grant. He about the secret cemetery a little an answer to the mystery of what
that motivated me to write books found a nice chunk of land and built way out of town, but that’s a private happened to Franklin Riley. He was
about the history of downtown San the first home in Morro Bay. The family site. After realizing that Morro here, buried in the Cayucos cemetery
Luis Obispo. I started by reading a location of his home was just about Bay has no public cemetery, I decided with his beloved wife Hannah. They
book called Morro Bay’s Yesterdays, in the middle of what we know today to go in search of Franklin Riley. did not have the biggest or best
which was full of great information as downtown Morro Bay. His home marker (or even a clean marker), but
and photographs, and I interviewed was on the strip of land between here they were. Their grave marker
many longtime residents. Morro Bay Blvd. and Harbor Street. My first thought was go to the is a few feet tall and about eight
cemetery that was the closest to inches thick and it reads “Riley” on
Morro Bay. That happens to be the the top of the stone and on the front
Cayucos Cemetery off of Highway it simply reads “Franklin 1824 – 1897”
Now, I could sit here and tell you a Franklin had a family: his wife
fishing boat full of stories about Hannah, two little girls, and a boy, One. This is also where my father is and “Hannah G. 1824 – 1904.”
Morro Bay, such as: in 1911, the town who were all foster children. He buried, so one day when my daughter
was a bright man who drew out a Kasey and I went to go visit my dad’s
plan for the city. Franklin started his grave, we decided to explore the I won’t tell you exactly where it is,
own farm and grew barley as his first older grave stones in the lower part so that you can plan a morning to
crop. Now once again, I could go on of the cemetery. explore the Cayucos cemetery and
and tell you about his idea to plant learn some cool information about
eucalyptus trees everywhere to some of the people who were
block the ocean breeze that would We actually had a great time founders of our county. Isn’t solving
blow in and bury his crops, or how he looking at all of the old grave stones. mysteries fun?
helped build a wharf, but I want to It was interesting to learn when and
get down to the real mystery of my where people were born before
story. coming here to the central coast of
California. After a while, Kasey and I
split up and starting searching on our
After working in Morro Bay for years own. I began to think that Franklin Guy Crabb retired after teaching for over
and learning about its great history, Riley had just left the city in search of 32 years, most recently at Charles E. Teach
Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He was
I couldn’t help but wonder what new adventures. selected as San Luis Coastal Unified School
happened to the founding father. District Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007.
Reach him at
Did Franklin move away to another

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TOPONYMS (royalty, anyway) enjoyed relaxing The desert that means suitable the end of place names that end in
at a spa. Our modern word spa is a reward or punishment (as in getting –by. In Yorkshire alone, there are
English abounds with toponyms toponym taken from Spa, Belgium, one’s just deserts) came through over 210 place names ending this way
– place names we use to refer to a town blessed with mineral hot French from the Latin word deservir (Wetherby and Selby, for instance).
things other than the original place. springs. The town’s name came from (not to be confused with the French
I hope you enjoy considering this the Walloon word espa, meaning word deservir). It meant to serve Our modern word buy, came from
smattering of toponyms. spring or fountain. well. I suppose one is served well another Proto-Germanic source, the
by getting what one deserves. word bugjan, meaning to pay for.
Paisley – now a distinctive shape Because many of New York’s financial But so much for nouns – the verb When it first entered English, the
we print onto fabric, but originally a institutions ended up situated along desert came through the Old French soft g sound remained at the end of
town in Scotland where such fabric the wall that once offered defense deserter in the 1300s from the the word, and is one of the reasons
was first made. Interestingly, the to the struggling Dutch town of Latin desertare (closely related to the past tense, bought includes the
word paisley comes through Middle New York, the adjacent street was desertum), which meant to abandon. letter g. The completely unrelated
Irish from the word baslec, which named Wall Street. That struggling This particular desert is built of the word bye is a shortening of good-bye,
came from the Latin word basilica, little town has done all right for word parts de-, meaning opposite or which was spelled godbwye in the
which means that the town was itself, to the point that we now use undo, and serere, meaning to put in 1570s as a shortening of something
originally identified by its church. this toponym to refer to the entire a row. Serere also gave birth to the else -- the term God be with ye.
American financial world. word series.
Today, the word babel refers to
a confused medley of sounds, but My niece and nephew refer to those Now let’s take a look at the near- Many thanks to sources: OED, Fact Index, Place
originally it referred to Babhel, lovely plastic playgrounds some fast homonym pairs form/from and Names in England, Wordnik, and Etymonline.
the capital of Babylon. Babhel is a food restaurants offer as king cities. definitely/defiantly. In my humble
Hebrew word that started out as Any of you here in California will opinion, the from and form
Bab-ilu, an Accadian word meaning easily fill in the etymology on that confusion is a matter of typing, more
the gate of God, which causes those one. than a homonym issue. We just get
of my generation to wonder what typing away and muck it up. The
Ricky Riccardo was really singing HOMONYMS confusion between definitely and
about. defiantly, however, is another matter
We’ll start off with a homonym that altogether. I’ve been grading English
Our modern colors burgundy and takes its multiple-meaning status papers since the 1970s, and in my
magenta are both toponyms. seriously. experience, these two words were
Burgundy was originally a region in never confused before computers.
France named in Late Latin with the Almost all forms of dessert/desert The confusion didn’t even exist with
term Burgundiones, which translates came to English through French. the first raft of word processors. I
to highlanders. In time, the wine of Dessert came to English in the 1500s, call this phenomenon spellcheck-
the area picked up the name, and in reference to the last course of a induced error. It occurs because
the deep hue of the wine gave us the meal. The French word it came from many of us type definAtely instead of
word burgundy as it refers to color. is deservir, which (because serving definItely. Our spell-checker tries to
On the other hand, the town of the last course involved clearing “read” our intentions and comes up
Magenta was where the Sardinians the table of the previous courses) with defiantly, (which contributes to
and French teamed up to fight the translates literally to un-serve, with some hysterical sentences).
Austrians during the Second Italian des- meaning undo and servir meaning
War of Independence in 1859. The to serve. The wasteland meaning of We’ll finish with a homonym trio I
town was originally named after desert came to English in the 1200s find intriguing: by, bye and buy. By
Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maxentius. from Old French, which came from has been around since Old English
It wasn’t until a few short years after the Late Latin word desertum, which was born and came from a Proto-
the battle that a deep reddish meant thing abandoned. It wasn’t Germanic word meaning about, near, CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio
purple dye was discovered in that until the 1700s that the meaning a or around. Though we pronounce books, and ponders the wonder of words in a
foggy little town on California’s central coast.
region, and voila, magenta. waterless, treeless region eclipsed it differently today, we find by’s Find more at,
the wasteland meaning. sister (with the same meaning) at or reach him at
Even in the 13th century, some folks
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September 2020 Special Family Days
4 5
11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club 2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria 3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park 8:30-11am AG Spencers Market 3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG FARMERS MARKETS: 8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
3:30-4:15pm AG LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB, 4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
September is: Birthstone: Sapphire 10:30 AG, 11:00 NI AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
Better Breakfast Month Skyscraper 1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO
mary had a
Library Card Sign-Up Month little lamb day day
National Honey Month Flower: Aster (published in 1830)
National School Success Month national
Women of Achievement Month cheese pizza day
National Courtesy Month VJ day Wildlife day
Classical Music Month

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club 2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria 3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park 8:30-11am AG Spencers Market 3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG 9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO 4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
national LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
a national
book grandparents
day day national video
teddy bear day game day
literacy day
labor day patriot day

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club 2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria 3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park 8:30-11am AG Spencers Market 3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG 9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO 4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St

positive national working citizenship day

thinking day
parents day

make a hat day stepfamily day

Mayflower Day
national hispanic
heritage month national talk like a
(through October 15) Play-doh day pirate day

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club 2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria 3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park 8:30-11am AG Spencers Market 3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG 9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO 4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
first day
of autumn
punctuation day
johnny appleseed’s
birthday (Born in 1774)

day of peace
native american
world ice cream cone day
gratitude day invented (in 1903)

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club 2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria 3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park 8:30-11am AG Spencers Market 3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG 9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade
3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO 4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St
neighbor day

Crush a can day


Safety Pin

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Safety have noted that a small number In any case, recognize all efforts in
of children between ages 2 and 15 washing their hands.

Coronavirus in Babies & Kids have experienced a condition called

pediatric inflammatory multisystem
If soap and water are not available,
the next best option is approved
syndrome, or PIMS. Some, but not hand sanitizer containing at least 60%
by Aaron Milstone, M.D., M.H.S. all, of the children with PIMS had alcohol.
tests showing they had exposure
With all of the sobering news about adults. Children can have pneumonia, to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus Other Prevention Tips for Families
the new coronavirus and COVID-19, with or without obvious symptoms. that causes COVID-19. Doctors are Cough and sneeze with care.
the disease the virus causes, worried They can also experience sore throat, urgently trying to determine if and Encourage everyone in the family
moms and dads can generally feel excessive fatigue or diarrhea. how PIMS and COVID-19 are related. to cough and sneeze into tissues,
better about one detail: At present, However, serious illness in children instead of hands. Throw away used
the disease seems to be much milder with COVID-19 is possible, and PIMS can cause inflammation of the tissues and wash hands after each
in babies and children. However, parents should stay alert if their child blood vessels throughout the body. time.
it’s important to understand recent is diagnosed with, or shows signs The inflammation can limit blood
reports about pediatric inflammatory of, the disease. In the study, 10% flow, damaging the heart and other Keep hands off faces. Parents should
multisystem syndrome, or PIMS, of infants with a positive COVID-19 organs. PIMS has features in common remind children to avoid touching
a very rare condition that might test became critically ill. Severe with toxic shock syndrome and their face as much as possible. It can
be related to exposure to the illness rates were lower in older Kawasaki disease. Certain symptoms help if kids carry a toy that will keep
coronavirus. may mean an inflammatory problem. their hands busy, but parents should
children, but there were rare cases of wash those toys regularly.
Look out for: abdominal (belly) pain,
Generally, COVID-19 symptoms are children in each age group requiring
vomiting and diarrhea, a red rash, Keep things clean. Wipe down toys
milder in children than in adults. In a hospitalization, and one 14-year-old
red, cracked lips, red eyes, high fever, and surfaces your child touches
recent study published in Pediatrics who died.
swollen glands on one or both sides regularly, especially when traveling
of COVID-19, 90% of those who It’s important to follow guidelines
of neck, and swollen hands or feet. or when near a person who is sick.
tested positive for the disease had if you think your child is sick with
mild symptoms, or none at all. PIMS, like Kawasaki disease, is very Clean surfaces at home and store
COVID-19. Caretakers should cleaners in cabinets that are either
rare. But if your child has these
Fever and cough are common trust their instincts and contact too high for your child to reach or
symptoms, call your doctor. PIMS may
COVID-19 symptoms among both a pediatrician if a child seems ill, are secured with childproof cabinet
be treated with a plasma transfusion
adults and children; shortness of especially with cough or fever. locks.
to reduce the inflammation and
breath is more likely to be seen in Doctors in the U.S. and the U.K.
protect the heart and other organs Address anxiety and stress. Talking
from possibly lasting damage. things over as a family can help
Immediately contact urgent care identify specific fears and clarify
if you notice these symptoms in a facts. It also helps for families to
child: difficulty breathing or catching discuss a plan in case someone gets
breath, inability to keep down sick, or if something else happens
new confusion or inability to that interrupts the normal routine.
awaken, or bluish lips. Children will look to you when
Children are exposed to COVID-19 deciding how to feel about COVID-19.
when virus contacts their eyes, If you feel calm and prepared, they
nose, mouth or lungs. The best way are likely to feel similarly.
to prevent children from getting
COVID-19 is to avoid exposure; avoid
people outside of your isolation pod.
Teach kids to wash their hands Aaron Milstone is an Associate Hospital
Epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital and
regularly, with soap and warm water, professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins
for at least 20 seconds. Help them University School of Medicine.
keep track of time by singing the ABC Reprinted with permission. © 2020 The Johns
Hopkins University, www.hopkinsmedicine.
song, which takes about 20 seconds org/health.
to finish. Kids should wash their
hands after using the bathroom,
sneezing, coughing, or blowing their
nose, before eating (even snacks),
and immediately after coming inside
from outdoors. It is most influential
when parents set an example by
washing their own hands well and
If your child refuses to wash their
hands, it may help to motivate them
with a small reward, such as a sticker.

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Local Resources
2nd FRI every month at 3:00 pm: PAWS TO am: Santa Maria Parks & Rec Dept offers free Helping Hand at Pat’s Place in Nipomo
READ at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades docent-led nature walks in Los Flores Ranch, Recreation Community Rm, 671 W Tefft St,
Ave. Come share your stories with an adoring 6271 Dominion Rd, Santa Maria. Cost: free. Ste 2, Nipomo.  Toys for kids with all types
listener. Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862. Contact: 925-0951. of disabilities to check out. In-home appts
Feeling hopeless, desperate, or alone? avail. Cost-free! Contact: 547-1914 or www.
Every WED 3:00-4:00 pm: PAWS TO READ at 2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00 pm:
Concerned for someone you care about?
Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Read to Caregiver Support Group at Cayucos
a dog who loves to listen to children. Cost: Community Church, Ocean Ave & S 3rd St. Every TUE 5:30-6:30 pm: Citizenship Classes
free. Contact: 528-1862. Free support for caregivers helping with at SLO County Library, 995 Palm St, SLO.
long-term illness, memory loss, dementia, All classes are bilingual, with all materials
Every SUN 12:00-4:00 pm: Family Funday at
and Alzheimer’s. Contact: 458-7484. covered in 8 classes. No registration required.
Bang the Drum Brewery, 950 Orcutt Rd, San
Suicide Prevention Luis Obispo. Enjoy the patio to play family- Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Remain Cost: free. Contact: or 781-4187.
Mental Health and friendly games and drums! Cost: free. Food Independent Despite Vision Loss at Santa Every FRI at 7:00 pm: Senior Ballroom
Emotional Support and craft beer available for sale. Contact: Maria Terrace, 1405 E Main St. New ways of Dancing at Madonna Inn. Look left of the
Free or 242-8372. doing daily tasks are taught by the Braille bandstand for sign: Dancers. Dance, chat and
Confidential Institute, such as home management, listen to good music. No fees; no dues; just
24 hours of every day
Every FRI 6:00 am-4:00 pm: Early Bird Flea
traveling, and using talking library books. fun! Contact: 489-5481 or
Market at Santa Maria Fairpark, 937 S
A program of Transitions Mental Health Association
Contact: 462-1225.
Thornburg St. Browse vendors with antiques, Literacy Council for San Luis Obispo County
fruits, vegetables, new and used items, and 2nd & 4th MON every month at 6:30 pm: MOPS has an ongoing and urgent need for volunteer
2nd & 4th SAT every month 12:00-4:00 more! Cost: free. Contact: 258-1765. (Mothers of Preschoolers) meet at Pacific tutors and offers free training in SLO. Contact:
pm: Railway Historical Museum at Santa Christian Church, 3435 Santa Maria Way, 541-4219 or
Every FRI 10:00 am-12:00 pm: Zen Doodle
Maria Transit Center, 400 E Boone St, Santa Santa Maria. Childcare is provided.  Contact:
Adult Coloring Book Group at Art Center 1st THU every month at 6:15 pm: Commission
Maria. This bimonthly opening features 934-3491 or
Morro Bay, 835 Main St.  Relax and unwind on the Status of Women meets at Coast
a locomotive, boxcar, caboose, railroad
with the new adult coloring books. Cost: free. Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI 3:00-5:30 pm: National Bank, 500 Marsh St, SLO. This
artifacts, interpretive exhibits, vintage rolling
Contact: or 772-2504. Teen Wellness Program at Arroyo Grande advisory group to SLO County Board of
stock, and a diorama to explore. Cost: free.
EOC Health Services Clinic, 1152 E Grand Supervisors identifies issues of concern to
Contact: 714-4927. Every MON 2:00-5:00 pm: Historic Tour of
Ave. Health services, including reproductive women not the focus of other advocacy or
Architecture at Monday Club, 1815 Monterey
Every TUE & THU: Youth Aikido Classes at health, in a safe environment to screen, advisory organizations. Contact: 788-3406.
St, SLO. Cost: free. Contact: themondayclub
Budo Ryu, 3536 S Higuera St, San Luis Obispo. assess, and provide intervention. Appts or 541-0594. Morro Bay Museum of Natural History
Kids have fun, stay fit, make friends, gain life preferred. Contact: 489-4026.
skills, and learn to deal with bullies without Every THU at 10:15 am: Tiny Tunes Music & Adventures With Nature & Mind Walks
1st WED every month at 9:00 am: Senior schedule is at:
becoming one. Aiki-Mites (age 4-6) class Movement at Music Motive, 3440 S Higuera
Health Screening at First United Methodist
is 3:00 pm TUE. Aiki-Kids (age 7-12) TUE & St #130, SLO. This parent participation Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens
Church, 275 N Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande.
THU at 4:00 pm. Pre-registration only. Cost: program for ages 1-5 includes activities based offers free services: Senior Connection to
Free and low-cost services for ages 50
$50-75/mo. Contact: 544-8866 or www. on music psychology and child development. connect callers with local resources; one on
and older: blood pressure, pulse, weight, Cost: $80 per mo. Contact: 543-0377. one Medicare help, referrals for long term
cholesterol, screening for anemia and
Every WED 10:00-11:00 am: Growing With 2nd FRI every month at 1:00 pm: Book Group diabetes, nutritional counseling, and medical care, and help with billing and appeals; Vial
Baby Class at 1230 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. at Cayucos Library, 310 B St. Join other referrals. Contact: 481-2692 or 788-0827. of Life kits with medical info for emergency
Pediatric nurse practitioner and lactation readers to discuss whatever you’re reading responders; a Senior Resource Directory for
1st WED every month at 12:00 pm: Disabled SLO and SB counties, and more. Contact: 925-
consultant Andrea Herron answers questions and to discover, ponder, and share insights
American Veterans luncheon at Veterans 9554 or
about feeding, crying, and sleep for babies about what others are reading. Cost: free.
Memorial Bldg, 313 W Tunnell St, Santa Maria.
0-10 months. Dads are always welcome! Call Contact: 995-3846. Hospice of SLO County provides free grief
Contact: 345-0402.
to reserve a spot. Contact: 543-6988. Every THU 6:30-9:30 pm: SLO Chess Club counseling, individual and family support,
Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm: Widowed Support counseling, crisis intervention, and wellness
Every TUE 7:00-9:00 pm & SAT 2:00-4:00 pm: meets at Carl’s Jr on Santa Rosa St, 1 block
Group at New Life Church, 990 James Way, education to those with a life-limiting illness,
Basic Safety Class at SLO MakerSpace, 81 S W of Foothill, across from Cal-Poly. All ages.
Rm 14, Pismo Beach. Offered by Hospice of their families, and the bereaved in SLO and
Higuera St, Ste 160 & 180, San Luis Obispo. Get Cost: free. Contact: 441-7210 or
SLO Co. Contact: 544-2266 or Paso. Contact: 544-2266.
acquainted with the space and equipment Every SAT 10:00 am-2:00 pm: SLO Chess
before using the facility. See website for Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon Family Volunteer as a Good Neighbor!  Make a
Club meets at the big board on Morro Bay
dates and classes. Cost: free for Members Support Group at Luis OASIS Senior Center, difference in the life of an older or disabled
Embarcadero at west end of Morro Bay Blvd
and all SLO County Library cardholders. 420 Soares Ave, Orcutt. Contact: 937-9750. adult. Training is monthly at Wilshire
(down the stairs). Cost: free. Contact: 441-
Contact: 439-2727 or 7210 or 3rd WED every month at 7:00 pm: How to Community Services, 285 South St, Ste J, SLO.
Every THU 10:00-11:00 am: La Leche League Survive Divorce seminar at SLO Women’s Contact: 547-7025 x 17.
3rd WED of every month at 6:30 pm:
Mother Support Meetings in North Co, SLO, Community Center, 1124 Nipomo St #D, SLO. Volunteer at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art!
Prepared & Natural Childbirth Classes at Twin
AG and SM. Breastfeeding and parenting Tips for handling family law issues. Cost: $10. Stop by at 1010 Broad St (Mission Plaza) or
Cities Community Hospital, 1220 Las Tablas
support and information offered. Cost: free. Contact: 544-9313 to register. email for information
Rd, Templeton. This six-series class includes
Contact: 242-2294 or lecture, hands-on demos, and technique RISE offers: weekly drop-In support groups about multiple volunteer opportunities.
MON-THU 8:30-11:30 am: Walk-In Legal Clinic practice. Cost: free. Contact: 434-4654. for sexual assault survivors; 24 hour crisis
San Luis Obispo Senior Center offers health
in 3rd Floor Atrium of Courthouse Annex, line; advocacy; peer counseling; prevention,
2nd THU of every month at 6:30 pm: screening, legal services, meals, exercise,
1035 Palm St, San Luis Obispo and Paso empowerment and education. Contact: 545-
Breastfeeding Basics at Twin Cities bridge, and bingo at 1445 Santa Rosa St.
Robles Courthouse, 901 Park St, Rm 112. Get 8888 or
Community Hospital, 1100 Las Tablas Rd, Contact: 781-7306.
help with divorce, child and spousal support, Templeton. Learn about practical aspects Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm: ADOPT A PET at
domestic violence, guardianship, civil Central Coast Astronomical Society sponsors
of feeding your newborn from a Lactation Petco, 2051 Theater Dr, in Paso Robles. Cats
harassment, and name or gender change. a Dark Sky Star Party every month at sunset.
Consultant. Cost: free. Contact: 239-4443. from NCHS and dogs from Short n’ Sweet
CCAS sponsors guest speakers and public
Every TUE & THU at 1:30 pm: Divorce & Child Dog Rescue. Contact: 466-5403.
Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & SAT 11:00 education programs. Find the CCAS event
Support Workshops at SLO Court Support am-5:00 pm: Exploration Station Interactive Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED 3:00-5:00 pm: calendar, location and weather condition
Services, 1120 Mill St, Ste A, San Luis Obispo Science Center welcomes families at 867 Jacks’ Adaptive Toy Lending Library-Jack’s updates, and local resources at: www.
and Paso Robles Courthouse, 901 Park St, Ramona Ave, Grover Beach. Cost: $2-3. Helping Hand at Central Coast Gymnastics, 21
Paso Robles. Help for divorce, child support, Contact: 473-1421 or Zaca Lane, #100, San Luis Obispo. Traditional
custody and visitation orders. Overview of San Luis Coastal Adult School’s Parent
and adaptive toys for children with all types
legal process followed by form prep and 2nd THU of every month 6:00-7:00 pm: Grief Participation Program offers Core Parenting
of disabilities to check out. In-home appts
questions. Cost: free. Contact: 788-3418. Support Group at Central Coast Hospice, 253 and Enrichment classes at centers in San Luis
available. Cost: free! Contact: 547-1914 or
Granada Dr, Ste D, San Luis Obispo. Free for Obispo, Morro Bay, and Los Osos. Parent and
1st & 3rd SAT every month at 2:00 pm: FAMILY
anyone suffering the loss of a loved one who child activity classes, individual peer support,
MOVIE at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades is in need of support. Contact: 540-6020. Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI 4:00-7:00 pm: and education for parents and caregivers.
Ave. Enjoy popcorn and a G/PG movie. Call for Jacks’ Adaptive Toy Lending Library - Jack’s
2nd SAT of every month FEB-NOV at 9:00 Contact: 549-1222 or
title. Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862.

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Local Resources
options are Tuesday/ Thursday or provide educational resources, a

Alternative Education
Monday/ Wednesday with a Friday mentor teacher, and eligibilty for
enrichment day. Contact: 548-8700 sports, clubs, and activities. Students
or may qualify to enroll in community
college as well as secondary classes.
Wishing Well School offers non-
Contact: 937-2051 x 2761 or x 2762.

on the
profit holistic Waldorf education
in Los Osos with part or full-time Templeton Independent Study
preschool, and full-time kindergarten- High School. WASC accredited.
7th grade, and 1st-7th two-day Weekly meeting with teacher.

Central Coast
home school enrichment. Contact: Opportunity for early graduation or 235-4401. and concurrent Cuesta College
enrollment. In Templeton and SLO
Children’s House Montessori School in
at Los Ranchos Elementary School.
Atascadero strives to help each child
Contact 434-5833 or tae.tusd.
reach his/her greatest potential, by
embracing learning and appreciating
and respecting the world. Contact: Trivium Charter Schools in Lompoc,
466-5068 or Santa Maria, and Arroyo Grande
offer a hybrid program of classical
Central Coast families are fortunate to have a wide variety of quality Montessori Children’s School in San
project-based classes 2 days per
Luis Obispo seeks to inspire a passion
choices for their children’s education. Following are some options for for excellence, to nurture curiosity,
week and homeschool 3 days
those seeking secular alternative education in our region. per week. Contact: 489-7474 or
creativity and imagination, and to
awaken the human spirit of every
For more information about local private, independent, nature based, child. Ages 3-12. Contact: 544-6691 West Mall Alternative School.
and religious schools, visit: or Independent Study Home School
in Atascadero. Contact: 462-4238
Parent Participation of San Luis grades K-8. Contact: 938-8934 or Central Coast Montessori School in
Coastal Adult School offers core Morro Bay offers a rich, individualized
classes to enhance parenting academic environment to promote
Summit Academy charter school independence and optimum scholastic Paso Robles Joint Unified School
skills, meet other families, and
serves K-12 grades, and provides achievement. Contact: 772-9317 or District Home School & Independent
allow children to play with peers.
personalized home-based learning Study Program serves K-8th grade.
Also enrichment classes such as
that fosters investigation, skill Students and parents work one-on-
Spanish, Cooking, and Gardening, Heritage Montessori Preschool
development and creativity, and one with teachers, receive lesson
and a Cooperative Preschool at in San Luis Obispo provides an
lifelong curiosity. Contact: (818) 450- plans, textbooks, and teachers’
CL Smith. Contact: 549-1222 or enriching and loving environment in
9810 or editions for all subjects. Classes, a beautiful country setting. Waldorf
Nature Based Schools enrichment activities, and field trips
Charter Schools and Montessori based for ages 2.5-5
are also offered. Contact: 769-1675.
Outside Now provides summer, after- years. Contact: 235-5589.
CAVA – California Virtual Academies school, and private nature-based Homeschool Organizations
Academics and More is a Homeschool
and K¹² give kids the chance to education in San Luis Obispo County. Helper class for 7th-8th grade at Homeschool Association of California
learn at their own pace. Online Contact: 541-9900 or Ludwick Community Center in SLO. is an inclusive organization offering
schooling is aligned with California Offered in partnership with City of campouts, conferences, statewide
state standards. Teacher support as Delphinus School of Natural History
is a unique, regional, outdoor science SLO, this class includes a convenient support, a website with excerpts
needed, meetings and work samples cost-effective way for students to from education code books, and
required quarterly. Contact: (866) program in San Luis Obispo, for
elementary through middle school gain access to a tutor, community links. Contact:
339-6790,, or involvement, assistance with their
students. Programs are engaging, California Homeschool Network is a
Family Partnership is a tuition- interactive, student driven, and school work, time management and
grassroots organization formed to
free K-12 independent study public designed to foster self-expression organization skills, and more. Contact:
educate and protect the rights of
school serving Santa Barbara, San and environmental stewardship.
parents. Contact: (800) 327-5339 or
Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties Contact: Public Schools
with home study schools in San Luis
Obispo (1981 Vicente Dr), Morro Bay, Independent Schools Montessori Resource Center is a Homeschoolers of the Central Coast
Solvang, Santa Maria, and Cambria. Clarity Steiner School in Nipomo tuition-free public school in Morro Yahoo! group meets regularly: groups.
Meet with teachers weekly and turn offers Waldorf education for first Bay for K-5th grades through Family
in work samples. Contact: 348-3333 and second graders. Class meets four Partnership Charter School. Contact: the_Central_Coast.
or days per week. Contact: 929-6878. 348-3333 or Santa Maria Inclusive Learners.
Olive Grove is an independent study Santa Lucia School on 5 acres in Parkfield Elementary School is a one- Yahoo! group with free homeschool
home school with sites in San Luis Templeton has provided peace room school in San Miguel providing enrichment and support: groups.
Obispo (165 Grand Ave), Santa Maria, education for over 25 years. a unique, child-centered education
Lompoc, Los Olivos, and Santa Integrated curriculum founded on customized to student abilities inclusive_learners.
Barbara. Meet with teacher weekly. life experiences, in-depth study, and pace. Hands-on instruction, Templeton Unified School District
Enrichment classes also offered. and active immersion in the arts for exploration, and speakers focus on K-8 Home Schooling program.
Contact: 543-2701 or sbceoportal. grades 1-8. Attendance Mon-Thu the inner development of each child. Contact: 434-5840 or
org/losolivos. with homeschool Fridays. Carpooling Contact: 463-2331 or rskepins@
Orcutt Academy Independent Study encouraged. Contact: 434.2217 or
is affiliated with Orcutt Academy Santa Maria Joint Union Home School.
Charter School at 500 Dyer St. This SLO Classical Academy. is a private Accredited high school program at
free program offers home study and school offering part time or full time Santa Maria Public Library. Interactive Please submit updates, corrections, or news
blended classroom/home study for classical education in SLO. Part time student-parent-teacher partnerships about resources to:

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