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Contents january 2020

Monterey Bay


P.O. Box 806 Pacific Grove, CA 93950 MontereyBayParent.com 831-582-1373

Publisher Andrea Breznay abreznay@ montereybayparent.com 831-582-1373

in each issue: 08 Dear Teacher: Two experienced teachers answer your education questions. 10 Father’s Day: Local dad, Rob Weisskirch covers parenting topics from a dad’s point of view.

celebrating catholic schools 25 Debunking Catholic School Myths We’re celebrating Catholic Schools Week by refuting common myths about a Catholic school education. by Caitlin Fillmore 26 Featured Catholic Schools Get more information about Monterey Bay Parent Magazine’s featured Catholic schools.

Sales Executive Cherilyn Miller cmiller@ montereybayparent.com 831-582-1770 Cover Photographer Michelle Findlay Contributing Writers caitlin fillmore sonja joubert rob weisskirch Editorial Submissions are welcome. We reserve the right to edit, reject or comment editorially on all material contributed. We cannot be responsible for return of any unsolicited materials. Articles and advertisements in Monterey Bay Parent do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the publisher nor does the publisher assume responsibility for statements made by our advertisers or editorial contributors. Acceptance of advertising by Monterey Bay Parent does not constitute an endorsement of the products, services or information. We do not knowingly present any product or service which is fraudulent or misleading in nature. Monterey Bay Parent is available free of charge at over 250 distribution points throughout Monterey and Santa Cruz counties as well as digitally at www. MontereyBayParent.com. Monterey Bay Parent is ©2020 by Monterey Bay Parent, LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is strictly prohibited.



OUR ANNUAL PRESCHOOL GUIDE 12 2020-2021 Guide to Monterey County Preschools Get the basic information on Monterey County preschools including tuition and contact information. 16 Monterey Bay Parent Magazine Featured Preschools Find more detailed information on our featured Monterey County preschools. 20 It’s Raining, It’s Pouring … and my toddler is so bored! We have six super fun ideas for the next rainy day! 22 Should you say no to screen time for your toddler? Researchers say that screen time is hurting your toddler’s development. We have tips on breaking the screen habit. by Sonja Joubert

FUN STUFF! 28 Calendar of Events: Find dozens of family events from throughout the Monterey Bay area.

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Urgent care or emergency care? Illnesses and injuries don’t always happen during regular office hours. If you need care when your regular doctor isn’t available, how do you know whether to seek care at the hospital emergency department or an urgent care center? Below are some guidelines. URGENT CARE


Urgent care centers are designed to treat a wide range of minor illness or injuries and are available outside of normal business hours.

A hospital emergency department is designed to treat serious or life-threatening illnesses and injuries and is always open.

When to go to an urgent care center ] Allergies ] Cold or flu symptoms ] Earaches ] Fevers ] Headaches ] Minor allergic reactions ] Minor burns and bruises ] Minor fractures ] Rashes, including poison oak ] School and sports physicals ] Scrapes and minor cuts ] Skin complaints ] Sore throats ] Sprains ] Lacerations ] Urinary tract infections ] GYN symptoms ] Treatment of sexually transmitted infections ] Minor diarrhea and other upset stomach issues

When to seek emergency care ] If your doctor tells you to ] If you are injured in a car accident ] Uncontrollable bleeding ] Severe difficulty breathing ] Fall from a significant height ] Serious head or neck injury ] Any loss of consciousness ] Chest pain ] High fever that doesn’t get better with medicine ] Bone fracture with open wound ] After swallowing poison ] Seizure ] Severe abdominal pain ] Severe burns ] Electric shock ] Suspicion of exposure to a serious communicable disease ] Choking ] Severe allergic reaction ] Unusual or bad headache



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10 Years in Santa Cruz County!

January is Positive Parenting Awareness Month! Start the new year with tips and tools to renew, refresh, and recharge your relationship with your child or teen. Triple P – a scientifically proven, world-renowned positive parenting program – is celebrating 10 years in Santa Cruz County and is available to all families. Find a Triple P class or practitioner: triplep.first5scc.org

Made possible through a partnership between First 5 Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency (MHSA Prop 63 funds) and Santa Cruz County Human Services Department

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If you’re looking for a preschool for your child, this is your issue! Once a year, we print basic information on Monterey County Preschools in a handy grid format so you can compare location and pricing (pages 12-14). Plus, we profile our featured preschools with more in-depth information on pages 16-18. There are other articles focused on the little ones including suggestions for rainy day fun (page 20) and an article about toddlers and screen time that will give you a lot of food for thought (pages 22-23).

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This is also the month to celebrate Catholic schools. Caitlin Fillmore spoke with a Catholic school principal to debunk the myths about Catholic schools on pages 25-26. Plus, we profile our featured Catholic schools to give you more detailed information on specific schools on pages 26-27.


Another education heads up: there are a bunch of open houses at local preschools and private schools this month. You’ll find many of them listed in our calendar. We’ll be sure to update our online calendar at MontereyBayParent.com as we get more information.

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Improving Reading Speed, Parents and Homework, and Handling Peer Pressure

Ways to Improve Children’s Reading Speed QUESTION: My daughter is in sixth grade. She is a good reader and understands what she reads. The problem is she is a very slow reader, and I wonder how she is going to do on all the standardized tests that she will be required to take. What can be done to increase her reading speed? - Slow Reader ANSWER: The best readers are not always the fastest nor the slowest readers. They are the ones who recognize most words, read most material at a grade-level rate and most importantly understand what they have read. Nevertheless, you are right that on standardized tests an extremely slow reader is going to have problems. First of all, what is your child’s reading rate that you believe is too slow? At the start of the school year, the child should have been reading about 160 words per minute, and she should improve to about 170 words at the end of the year.



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If she deviates greatly from these speeds, she needs to improve her rate. This can be done by removing bad reading habits if her comprehension and word recognition skills are up to grade level. You will need to observe your daughter while she is reading to see if she has any of the bad habits listed below that could lower her rate. If some are the problem, solutions are given for handling them and thus improving her reading rate. • Reading aloud: Moving lips for each word. Put a pencil between her lips. The pencil will fall out if she is reading orally while reading silently. • Finger pointing: Using her finger to keep her place definitely will slow her reading rate down. Have her replace her finger with a 3x5 card to keep her place. • Head moving: Put her reading material on a flat surface in front of her and have her place her elbows on the surface and hold her head with her hands.

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Word-by-word reading: She will need to make an effort to read phrases instead of individual words. Try having her read passages with a fluent reader. Also, make flashcards with common phrases and see how fast she can read them. Moving from line to line: Triple space a typed paragraph then draw a line from the end of a line to the beginning of the next.

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ANSWER: Remember just whose homework it is anyway! The earlier a child learns to not rely totally on parents, the faster the child will become a better student. As a parent you never want to feel that you are going through fifth grade for the second time! And parents who actually do the homework for their children have definitely gone too far! While parents may feel that being very involved in their children’s homework is the right thing to do, it really sends the message that the children are incapable of doing the work and that the main objective is perfection. It also denies children the opportunity to develop skills and gain understanding from the experience. And it certainly doesn’t teach them how to be responsible or to persevere with a task. In fact, one of the great benefits of children doing their homework by themselves is that it teaches them that they can struggle, try several different approaches, and succeed. This really gives them confidence in their own abilities that will carry over to other school tasks. However, if your child wants you to correct her completed work, you may point out errors or, better yet, the types of errors she has made. It is important for her to discover and correct her own errors. Point out individual errors only when time is limited. Hints on Handling Peer Pressure QUESTION: My kids are so different. Both are in elementary school. One can say, “No” easily to friends. The other can’t and is a victim of peer pressure. How can I help her say, “No” when she should? – Pressured ANSWER: Strangely enough, peer pressure can be good and bad. It is good when the peer group inspires your child to do well in academics and extracurricular activities. And of course, it can be very bad when it entices your child to do drugs or participate in dangerous activities. One way to help your child handle peer pressure besides talking about it is to role play likely scenarios that your child could face. Doing so really does help children learn how to suggest alternatives and to walk away from bad pressure. Another very positive way to handle peer press is to invite other children to your home where you can see if another child has a negative influence on your child.


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Father’s day by Rob Weisskirch

My Dad Resolutions for 2020

with her is an easy way to incorporate exercise that I often neglect for myself.

As a new year begins, I start thinking about resolutions. Making concerted efforts to achieve self-improvement goals appeals to me. In the past, I gave up drinking soda for a year. Another year, I gave up watching TV. Over several years, I have set out vague goals to exercise more, with limited success, as the treadmill continues to serve as a clothes hanger. Rarely, however, have I thought about resolutions as a father.


I believe there are ways to improve as a dad, and here are some ideas for dad’s resolutions for 2020.


Be more present. This is my focus for 2020. Nowadays, I think many parents and adults don’t have time management challenges--it is attention management. There are far too many times when I am home, but my face is in front of a screen doing something else. So, although I am physically present, I am not there. And, this carries over to family time, where I am checking email or social media instead of watching the dance routine my daughter has created or coloring with her because she wants company. For the next year, I am making a conscious effort to be present when I am with my family.


Spend more one-on-one time. Many dads don’t have opportunities to spend time alone--without their partners--with their children. I also am guilty of this. It is easy for dads to cede parental duties in the presence of moms, but this results in the fatherchild relationship being through mom. If we want to know what is happening in our children’s lives, then we have to build the trusting, communicative relationships to allow that to occur. That can only occur when dads are with kids on their own because the focus of parenting at that time becomes you, the dad. Kids get the opportunity to know what we are like as people and how we are there for them when we are the sole parent.

seem in contrast to number two, but it isn’t. This action is about finding time to do something that is about you as a person. Some dads retreat into their work as a refuge of the demands from home because work may be predictable and controllable in ways that raising kids is not. Without taking time for yourself, I think that dads can get lost. Taking time for yourself can also include your romantic partner! My wife and I have too few times where we take time on our own away from our daughter to be with one another and live in the adult world. In the next year, I plan to spend some personal time attending to our neglected yard and hiring a babysitter more often.


Play more. In our garage, we have all kinds of bats, balls, frisbees, jump ropes, hula hoops, bikes, and, in the house, there are board games and card games. Although we have accumulated these over the years, they are used without regularity. When they are used, it is usually just my daughter or her with a friend for a short time. As a dad, there are just other things that draw my attention, and I don’t think about playing with my kid unless requested. This summer, when it got hot, my daughter wanted to play in the water wiggler (like a sprinkler) in our narrow backyard. My daughter was fine, but she wanted company. At first, I resisted because I didn’t want to get wet, muddy, or cold, but then I thought how often she is going to have the chance to run through the sprinkler comfortably, given our cool climate and with her dad. I obliged, and we had lots of messy fun. If I play with her, she is learning skills as valuable as reading a book. Besides, playing

Yell less. Yup, when I get frustrated with my headstrong, independent daughter, my volume goes up (and up). I don’t like being late, I don’t like being rushed, and I don’t like being defied by a kid. But, these are my issues, not my daughter’s. As a dad, yelling comes easy but is a poor tool to get her to do what I want. I often forget that, in her world, something shiny is a more attractive activity than is brushing your teeth and getting ready for school or other activities. As a kid, she lives in the present and has not absorbed our adult focus on punctuality, work ethic, among different values. So, I am working on keeping myself in check and using other strategies to keep her on track to enjoy the things she wants to do. I don’t want to be a yelling dad--I want to be a loving dad. Dads, now is the time to think about how over the next year what goals you can set to improve as a parent. Resolutions should be clear and achievable--even the smallest gesture can accumulate and add up to significant impacts in the lives of your children. Let 2020 be the year of a better dad. Robert (Rob) S. Weisskirch, MSW, Ph.D., CFLE is a Professor of Human Development at California State University, Monterey Bay and is a Certified Family Life Educator. He and his wife are parents to a chatty 5-year-old daughter and reside in Marina.


Take time for yourself. Among work, raising kids, and just keeping the household functioning, there is rarely personal time for dads as individuals. This resolution may



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All Saints Day School $12,650 (2019)

8060 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel, CA 93923 831-624-9171 • www.asds.org

Hearts and Hands Preschool $130-$205/week 345 E Alvin Dr, Salinas, CA 93906 • 831-449-7536 hhpreschool.com/hearts-hands-north-salinas Junipero Serra Preschool $480 - $800/month 3090 Rio Road, Carmel, CA 93923 • 831-624-8322 juniperoserra.org Monterey Bay Christian Preschool $450-$790/month

1184 Hilby Avenue, Seaside, CA 93955 831-899-2060 • mbcsonline.org

Monterey Recreation Preschool $205-$447/month 735 Ramona Avenue, Monterey CA 93940 • 831-646-5665 871 Jessie Street, Monterey, CA 93940 • 831-646-3975 777 Pearl Street, Monterey, CA 93940 • 831-646-3873 www.monterey.org/rec Montessori Learning Center $800-$1,000/month 30 Hitchcock Rd, Salinas, CA 93908 • 831-455-1546 www.montessorilearningcenter.com Pacific Grove Adult Education $1000-$1200/month 1025 Lighthouse Ave. Pacific Grove, CA 93950 Child Development Center 831-646-6623 www.pgadulted.com/parent-education Pacific Grove Co-op Preschool $200/month 1025 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950 831-646-6623 www.pgadulted.com/parent-education Potrero Canyon Preschool $400-$1100/month

5716 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel, CA 93923 831-625-0545 • www.potrerocanyonschool.com

Sacred Heart School $260-$800/month

135 W Market St, Salinas, CA 93901 831-771-1324 • www.shschool.com


Pacific Grove Preschool & Childcare • Co-op Preschool • Free Daycare for ESL/High School diploma students • Dual Language Spanish Co-Op Preschool • Child Care/Extended Day Preschool 1025 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950

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2020-21 guide to Monterey County preschools




Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School $14,500/year

1500 Mark Thomas Dr, Monterey, CA 93940 831-655-9351 • santacatalina.org

Serendipity Preschool $386- $1,182/month

1231 Seventh Street, Monterey, CA 93940 831-375-9743 • www.serendipitypreschoolllc.com

Shoreline Church Preschool $210-$335/month 2500 Garden Road, Monterey, Ca 93940 • 831-655-0100 https://shorelinechurch.org/shoreline-preschool/ Shoreline Church Preschool $210-$335/month 22732 Portola Drive Salinas, CA 93901 • 831-655-0100 https://shorelinechurch.org/shoreline-preschool/ Stevenson School TK N/A

24800 Dolores Street, Carmel, CA 93921 831-574-4607 • stevensonschool.org

Tiny Tot University Preschool $33-$130/month

986 Hilby Avenue, Seaside, CA 93955 • 831-899-6808 www.ci.seaside.ca.us/314/Preschool-Programs

Wellspring Preschool $300/month

141 14th St. Pacific Grove, CA 93950 831-373-4705 • wellspringchurchpg.org/preschool

Academy for Children $895-$1150/month 1664 Silby Avenue, Seaside, CA 93955 831-899-9000 Church of the Good Shepherd Preschool N/A

301 Corral De Tierra Road, Salinas, CA 93908 831-484-2153 • www.goodshepherdcorral.org

CSUMB Child Development Center $0-$1150/month

100 Campus Drive, Building 91, Seaside, CA 93955 831-393-2246 • www.earlydevelopmentservices.com

Great Beginnings Early Learning Center $375 to $950/month

52 Soledad Drive, Monterey, CA 93940 831-647-0551 • www.greatbeginningsmonterey.com

Hartnell College Child Development $4,956/year 411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901 831-755-6945 Heaven Sent Preschool $875-$1250/month 520 Pine Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 831-373-1922 Laura’s Barn Preschool $863-$1400/month

893 Blanco Circle, Salinas, CA 93901 831-261-9897 • www.laurasbarn.com

Little Friends Christian Preschool $486-$645/month

1025 Post Drive, Salinas, CA 93907 831-424-2145 • www.salinaslittlefriends.com

MPUSD Childhood Development $0-$8,172/year 3066 Lake Drive, Marina, CA 93933 • 831-384-0255 Centers www.mpusd.net Melody Park Christian Preschool


Miss Barbara’s Child Development Center $0-$850/month

1130 San Vincente Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901 226 Beach Road, Marina, CA 93933 831-883-2616 • hwww.missbarbaras.com

Monterey United Methodist Church Preschool N/A 1 Soledad Dr. Monterey 93940 • 831-375-8285 www.montereypreschool.com Mother’s Morning Out $240-$350/month

501 El Dorado Street, Monterey, CA 93940 831-373-1067 • http://fpcmonterey.org

Our Savior Early Childhood Center $250-$750/month

1230 Luther Way, Salinas, CA 93901 831-422-4614 • www.salinaspreschool.com

Pegasus Montessori $685-805/month 305 Reindollar Avenue, Marina, CA 93933 831-883-1216 Ryan Ranch Children’s Center $865-$1,005/month 2 Justin Court, Monterey, CA 93940 831-647-9556


St. Angela’s Preschool $561-$1,021/month

136 8th Street, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 831-372-3555 • www.stangelaspreschool.org

The Sonshine Child $700/month Development Center

1491 Contra Costa Street, Seaside, CA 93955 831-899-4911 • tsamonterey.com

Teddy Bear Preschool $380-$910/month

1291 Fourth Street, Monterey, CA 93940 831-643-2273 • http://teddybearpreschool.net


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ALL SAINTS’ DAY SCHOOL 8060 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel, CA 93923 , 831-624-9171 (ext. 12) The All Saints’ preschool program is designed to provide young learners with a joyful introduction to a true academic environment. Their Early Childhood program is integrated into a comprehensive educational program focusing solely on students in Preschool through 8th Grade. Curriculum is student-driven, incorporates purposeful play, and uses diverse educational methodologies to create a dynamic learning environment ideally suited to the early childhood age group. Construction of a new, dedicated preschool building will be completed February 2018.

cial skills necessary to ensure a successful transition into elementary school.

JUNIPERO SERRA PRESCHOOL 3090 Rio Road, Carmel, CA 93923, 831-624-8322 Located on the grounds of the Carmel Mission, the Junipero Serra Preschool is fully certified by the State of California and provides a joyful learning experience for children ages 3 years, 9 months, through 5 years old. JSS offers an environment where every child feels at home in a loving, nurturing, sensory-filled atmosphere designed to develop the whole child. The small learning environment of the JSS preschool allows each student to thrive by receiving the time and attention of both a teacher and a teacher’s aide. As our youngest students prepare for reading readiness, the teachers make learning fun and exciting.

PACIFIC GROVE ADULT EDUCATION CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER EXTENDED DAY PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS 1025 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove CA 93950, 831-646-6623 At the Pacific Grove Adult School, an Extended Day Preschool Program designed for children ages 18 months – 5 years is available. This program is state licensed and has been approved as a Quality Matters program through the Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE). The program was designed to encourage and facilitate growth in all areas of development, including but not limited to social, physical, intellectual, cognitive and emotional development. The highly trained and qualified staff strive to provide the highest quality care and encourage the children to explore and create daily.

MONTEREY BAY CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL 1184 Hilby Avenue, Seaside, CA 93955, 831-899-2060 Monterey Bay Christian Preschool is the first step of a larger PK12 program, offering Christian families the opportunity to partner together to develop a Biblical foundation for each unique child. Teachers and staff strive to offer a program that is both academically excellent and financially affordable. Starting from toddler years, and spanning through transitional kindergarten curriculum, your child will receive a dynamic day full of exploration, play, development, and loving care by qualified staff.

PACIFIC GROVE ADULT EDUCATION CO-OP PRESCHOOL PROGRAM 1025 Lighthouse Ave. Pacific Grove CA 93950, 831-646-6623 Pacific Grove Adult Education has a parent participation preschool program for children 3 years and potty trained to kindergarten entry. All programs for preschool build on skills outlined in the California Preschool foundations. Children explore learning opportunities through song, movement, and dramatic play. The Dual Language Spanish preschool embeds Spanish into daily lessons, where children acquire second language skills through games, movement, and thematic play. Part time morning and afternoon classes offered.

MONTEREY RECREATION PRESCHOOL PROGRAM Casanova Oak Knoll Park Center 735 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, 831-646-5665 Hilltop Park Center, 871 Jessie Street, Monterey, 831-646-3975 El Estero Park Center, 777 Pearl Street, Monterey, 831-646-3873 The pre-kindergarten program is structured around the concept of learning through play. Children acquire the knowledge and so-



MONTESSORI LEARNING CENTER 30 Hitchcock Road, Salinas, CA 93908, 831-455-1546 www.MontessoriLearning Center.com Pre-school aged children are trying to develop organized and efficient actions for dealing with their immediate environment. Meaningful, hands-on activities–such as sweeping, cutting, gardening, and food preparation–help the child develop large and small motor skills, concentration, and a sense of order.

POTRERO CANYON SCHOOL 5716 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel CA 93923, 831-625-0545 With a combined 70 years of teaching experience, the dedicated team of teachers at Potrero Canyon School provide loving, respectful, and nurturing care for children ages 2 1/2 - 5, including a prek classroom, in a fun, safe, and positive learning environment. Our

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mixed-age, low ratio activities foster creativity, confidence, kindness, independence, with an emphasis on developing each child’s socialemotional skills. Come visit and see what makes Potrero unique! SACRED HEART PRESCHOOL 135 West Market Street, Salinas, CA 93901, 831-771-1324 The preschool serves students from ages three to five. The school’s vision includes instruction that far exceeds basic standards as it provides a loving and nurturing environment in which children have the opportunity to explore and learn at a pace that is in line with their social and emotional development. Additionally, the curriculum includes standard instruction in family and moral values. SANTA CATALINA 1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey CA 93940, 831-655-9351 Santa Catalina has a strong belief in creating a PreKindergarten program that is balanced and child-centered. The program offers children many opportunities for free exploration, as well as plenty of exposure to structured direct instruction and guided learning. For children in Santa Catalina’s PreKindergarten class, school is a place where learning and fun go hand in hand. SERENDIPITY PRESCHOOL 1231 Seventh Street, Monterey, CA 93940, 831-375-9743 Serendipity Preschool was established in 1981. It was founded by a mother and daughter team who had a dream to educate and prepare young children in an environment rich in art, music, science and history. Serendipity offers a high quality program with age appropriate activities that develop good reading and math readiness skills and thematic units rich in music, art, science and history. Serendipity offers a stimulating learning environment that provides materials, experiences, guidance and encouragement that help children to become curious explorers of their world. SHORELINE CHURCH PRESCHOOL 2500 Garden Road, Monterey, CA 93940, 831-641-0209 22732 Portola Drive Salinas, CA 93901, 831-484-5005 Shoreline Church preschool programs provide a nurturing environment to develop the unique potential of each child through educational experiences that foster social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth, with the teachings of Jesus Christ emphasized throughout the curriculum. STEVENSON SCHOOL 24800 Dolores Street, Carmel, CA 93921, 831-574-4607 In the Pre-Kindergarten (PK) classroom a trusting and caring relationship is developed between teacher and child by providing a safe, loving, and happy place to join the school community. The goal is to foster cooperation and empathy along with self-confidence and selfcontrol. The program promotes a learning environment that encourages individuals to thrive and realize developmental and academic milestones. The curriculum prioritizes process over product, and play is valued as an important part of that process. TINY TOT UNIVERSITY PRESCHOOL 986 Hilby Avenue, Seaside, CA 93955, 831-899-6808 Tiny Tot University Preschool is a preschool program for children three to five years old. The program helps your child develop in a fun and creative way. Tiny Tot’s staff facilitates student led problem solving. The program includes movement, exploration, singing, stories, construction, painting, drawing, unit block work, writing, small group activities, finger plays, crafts, games, and a wide range of learning activities. WELLSPRING PRESCHOOL 141 14th St. Pacific Grove, CA 93950, 831-373-4705 www.wellspringchurchpg.org/preschool Wellspring Preschool is an exceptional early education experience available to Monterey County families. Wellspring offers a high quality, affordable, part-time, faith based program for children between the ages of 3 and 5. Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and TK aged children will find a tailored made, play-based learning community suited just for them. Wellspring is a state certified preschool. LIC# 274416184.



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that will make multi-colored drawings. If you have a roll of butcher paper (and you should!) roll out a big piece and have your child lie down on it. Use a Sharpie to make their outline. Give them a box of crayons and have them color in their lifesize self-portrait. Google “preschooler crafts” and you’ll find all kinds of great suggestions like these. You can also find a list of craft projects for preschoolers on MontereyBayParent.com. Look for the link on the home page.

IT’S RAINING, IT’S POURING . . . and my preschooler is SO bored! 4. Six super fun ideas for the next rainy day!


INDOOR PLAY. When it’s been raining for a few days, preschoolers need to burn off some of their energy. There are a few local choices that allow kids the opportunity to run, climb, and jump freely. Check Play Palace in the Tin Cannery in Pacific Grove, MY Museum in Monterey, toddler time at Rising Star Gymnastics, or one of the classes at Parents’ Place that offer drop-in times and rates. MY Museum: https://mymuseum.org Parents’ Place: www.pgadulted.com Play Palace: www.pacificgrovekidsplaycenter.com Rising Star Gymnastics: https://risingstargym.net


WALK THE MALL. Both Salinas and Capitola have indoor malls where you can avoid the rain and still get some needed exercise. If your toddler will sit in the stroller, grab a cup of coffee and stroll up and back a few times. A bonus at Capitola Mall is The Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery. Admission is $9 for adults, chil-

dren under one are free, and toddlers are just $6.00. If you have a membership to MY Museum, you’ll get 50% off admission at MOD (and vice versa!). Capitola Mall: www.shopcapitolamall.com Northridge Mall: https://shop-northridge-mall.com SC Children’s Discovery Museum: www.sccmod.org


GET CREATIVE. You probably have all the makings in your house for some creative fun. A box of paper cups can be the building blocks for a giant tower. A bucket of soapy water placed on a tarp or in the bathtub can become a carwash for toy cars. A rainy day is a great time to recycle crayons. Have the kids help you pull the wrappers off and break them into small pieces. An adult can place the pieces into a silicone mold (or muffin tin with liners) and bake for 1520 minutes. Once cool, peel the liner off and you have big chunky crayons

INDOOR WATER FUN. Fill the tub with bubble bath, a bunch of plastic containers, and put on loud music and let your child splash to their heart’s content. While they are enjoying tub time, you can clean the bathroom! Painting with water is also a blast. Put a few towels on the floor by the darkest wall in the house (or a blackboard if you have one!) and give your child a big paintbrush and a small bucket of water. Let them paint on the wall the same way they would on paper. The difference is their creations will dry quickly with no residue.


GET COOKING. Preschoolers love to cook and bake so a rainy afternoon is a great time to whip up a batch of cookies, decorate storebought ones, or help with dinner. Be patient with your little one, they will make a bit of a mess, but if you give them small jobs to do like pouring the ingredients in the pan or allow them to stir things together in a big bowl, they’ll get the hang of it quickly. Decorating store bought cookies is another easy kitchen activity. Give your child plain cookies (or graham crackers) and a tube of icing and let them go to town. Add a packet of sprinkles for extra fun.


GIVE IN: PLAY IN THE RAIN! There’s no reason you can’t get all bundled up, pull on some waterproof rain boots, and make the best of it by playing in the rain. Jump in puddles, collect wet leaves, and look for rainbows during a walk on the beach.

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Researchers say that screen time is hurting your toddler’s development. Here’s why you should — and how to — break the habit. One of your New Year’s resolutions might be to start limiting your toddler’s screen time — and you have a good reason. A slew of recent studies shows that too much screen time can cause delays in toddlers’ brain development, speech, and social skills. Researchers found that children who spend more time in front of screens than the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends had white matter in their brains that weren’t developing as quickly, according to a study at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. This affects the child’s self-regulation, literacy and language skills, and process of mental control. The study is based on MRI scans and cognitive skills test of 47 children ages 3-5. Their parents took a questionnaire that required them to tell how much screen time their children get. The AAP recommends that screen time should be limited to 1 hour a day for children from the ages of 2-5. Toddlers 18-24 months should only watch high-quality, educational programs (such as ones by Sesame Workshop and PBS) with a parent. They also recommend no screen time (other than video chatting) for children under 18 months. Rebecca Kerley, an Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) spe-

Should you say NO to screen time for your toddler? Researchers now say the right choice for children under two is zero and children under five should be limited to no more than one hour per day. cialist with the Early Start Program in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, said cell phone screen time and use among toddlers is on this rise, and causing just as many or more problems than TV. One thing we have seen more of is kids on their parent’s cell phones, sometimes to the extent that their development is being hindered,” Kerley said. “In the most extreme cases, it can cause severe mental health disorders.” She said that by directly interacting with their parents instead of a cell phone or mobile device, young children learn how to communicate and socialize. A Canadian study published in March shows that expressive language can be delayed in 18-month-olds with cell phone use. The study’s researchers surveyed the parents of 873 18-montholds. The median daily cell phone use of these toddlers was 15 minutes.

“The prevalence of parent-reported expressive speech delay was 6.6%, and the prevalence of other parentreported communication delays was 8.8%,” the study states. “For children who used a mobile media device, each additional 30-minute increase in daily mobile media device use was associated with increased odds of parent-reported expressive speech delay.” Kerley said if parents aren’t directly interacting with their toddlers enough or at all, they can develop attachment disorder, which has traits similar to autism — “including severe delays in social and communication skills along with stereotypical behavior.” “While these two disorders are similar, the difference is that autism is a disability a child is born with, attachment disorders are a significant mental health issue caused by problems with the parent-child relationship,” she said. “Some kids are disinhibited, meaning

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they haven’t developed an appropriate attachment and are overly friendly to strangers seeking adults to interact with. Other kids may have speech delays along with explosive behavior and aggression, which is how kids with mental health issues tend to express themselves.” Even though there are seemingly educational games they can play, children under the age of 3 should never handle cell phones, Kerley said. She also recommends not giving children access to things like an iPad until they are five years old. “I am very concerned that the use of parents cell phones in Early childhood is an epidemic and real health and safety issue for small children in our rapidly changing world of technology, that in the worst cases, are replicating institution-like conditions for a child where adults have little interaction with them and the child is simply plugged into a world of screens,” Kerley said. Seaside mom Megan Anderson said she tries to limit her almost 2-year-old son’s screen time to 30 minutes a day. She also never uses the TV as a babysitter and makes sure to sit next to him and engage with him

about what’s happening in the show. “Because so much of our lives revolves around screens, and I use my phone to connect with family and take pictures, etc. there is no eliminating screens in this house,” Anderson said. “However, we do not have games on our phones to use to entertain our son, so he doesn’t seek out our phones for entertainment.”

“Even though there are seemingly educational games they can play, children under the age of 3 should never handle cell phones.” Rebecca Kerley, Early Childhood specialist

Instead of screen time, Anderson said they spend a lot of time outside or have play dates. She also involves him in the housework, and they play a lot with playdough, read books, and color. “It’s hard,” she said. “Especially when you have a cranky child who is screaming, you’re pulling your hair out and can’t think straight, and there is

still an hour till nap time. Like I said, we are not perfect. All the rules go out the window on vacation or when we are sick. But I intentionally find short episodes of a show to watch, or set a timer so that we don’t go over.” Kerley recommends parents have a routine with their toddlers. “Try to get your kids out every day and play with them at different points throughout the day,” she said. “While parents don’t have to be focused on their child every moment, they do need to stay close and respond when their child checks in.” She also said that kids learn through play. “They have to play to develop. Kids learn to talk is by talking to adults. The social skills they learn now are the foundation for their relationships for the rest of their lives. Get down at their level and be in their world. As boring as this seems, kids can be a lot of fun! This time goes by fast, and once it’s gone, it’s gone.” Sonja Joubert is a former journalist turned mommy blogger, Instagrammer, and toddler wrangler. She writes about motherhood, military life, marriage, and more. You can visit her blog at thejoubertden.com.

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Debunking Catholic School Myths Plaids. Pews. Priests. When you think of Catholic schools, some of those familiar images may immediately jump to mind. But when you’re considering the right education option for your student, you should have all the facts. Teresa Bennett, the Principal of San Carlos School in Monterey debunked some of the common myths of Catholic school education.


Catholic schools are too expensive. Most of our Catholic schools have some of the lowest tuition rates in the area. Also, tuition assistance is available for those who qualify. The amounts of tuition assistance vary depending on the resources of theschool, but many of the elementary schools can provide approximately one-quarter of the tuition costs. Some of our Catholic High Schools can provide substantial tuition assistance.


Catholic schools are only for Catholics. Students and families of all faiths are welcome and enroll in our Catholic Schools. Although the focus of our religion curriculum is to learn about the teachings and practices of the Catholic faith, if comfortable, students of other faiths are encouraged to share their traditions and practices to build an understanding of sim-

Celebrate Catholic Schools Week will be January 26 – February 1, 2020. For additional information check www.ncea.org. ilarities and differences between faith practices.


Catholic schools lack diversity. Catholic schools reflect the diversity of the larger community and embrace the richness people of all backgrounds and socio-economic groups bring to the community. The schools abide by the comprehensive non-discrimination policy set by the Diocese of Monterey, both in hiring and student admissions.


Catholic schools are stuck in the past. Catholic schools provide students and teachers with up-to-date technology for teaching and learning in the classroom. Classroom teachers are credentialed through the state of California and Professional Development in many best practices for teaching are offered year-round through the Department of Catholic Schools, local school districts, and state-wide teacher development programs.


My student would miss out on extra-curricular at a Catholic school. All of our Catholic Schools participate in organized sports leagues in their local areas. Art is part of the curriculum in all our schools, either as a structured course with an on-staff

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Catholic schools don’t teach the standard curriculum because of the conflict between faith and some subject matters. Catholic Schools follow California State Standards as a basic guideline and integrate Catholic Identity into all subject areas.


Once you choose a Catholic school, you are locked into this system until high school or college. The choice of a Catholic Education is available to every age and can begin at any time in the educational journey.


Catholic schools are strict and limit individuality. Catholic schools hold students to a high standard of behavior based on respect for each other and the learning environment. Teachers partner with parents to provide a healthy, safe, nurturing space for our students; thus, all students benefit from the adherence to what are reasonable guidelines. Most Catholic schools do require students to wear a uniform, which reduces the pressure montereybayparent.com


on students to compete with regards to material possessions and promotes an appreciation for individuals based on their character and not the outward appearance.


Catholic schools are not regulated or accredited, and this makes it harder to get into college. All Diocese of Monterey Catholic Schools are WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and WCEA (Western Catholic Educational Association) accredited.


Catholic education doesn’t prepare students for life outside of school because of small class sizes and an insulated atmosphere. Like other schools, the class size in Catholic schools vary. Students are well prepared academically and socially to move into higher learning institutions. Catholic schools provide numerous opportunities for leadership, collaboration, and public speaking. The focus on service to others and being a supportive, productive community member both inside and outside of the classroom builds confidence and a sense of purpose that drives our graduates’ success.

Featured Catholic Schools

Holy Cross School 170A High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, (831) 423-4447 For over 155 years, Holy Cross School has provided children with a Catholic education grounded in strong academics and values. The fully accredited program provides an academically rich experience in a faith-based community from preschool through eighth grade. Highly qualified teachers engage students in meaningful learning opportunities. In addition to a core curriculum of math, language arts, science, social studies and Spanish, student programs include technology, music, Life Lab, P.E., competitive sports, student leadership and public speaking. Holy Cross is committed to serving the community through Service-Learning projects, and a strong home-school partnership.

Junipero Serra School 3090 Rio Road, Carmel, CA 93921, (831) 624-8322 In keeping with those words of the Mission’s founder, St. Junipero Serra, Junipero Serra School lays the foundation for a life-long love of learning and of oneself, thereby instilling in students the confidence to succeed in an ever-changing world. Beginning in preschool through eighth grade, Junipero Serra School inspires academic excellence and character development in a safe and nurturing environment where each student and family are valued members of our academic community of faith. Junipero Serra School offers small class sizes, an enriching and robust arts program, and extracurricular activities, including athletics.

Palma School 455 Palma Dr, Salinas, CA 93901 , (831) 422-6391 An optimal boy’s education is more than just rigorous academics, championship athletics and meaningful service to others. It includes experiential problem solving with opportunities to take the lead on a campus where everyone is welcomed and respected. It’s how boys of promise become men of character.

Sacred Heart School 123 W. Market St., Salinas, CA 93901, (831) 771-1310 Sacred Heart School prides itself on providing a superior Catholic education offering a rigorous curriculum that fosters academic excellence and 21-century skills focused on collaboration, communion, creativity, and critical thinking. As a small school, students receive a personalized learning experience that allows students to excel in their academ-

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San Carlos School 450 Church St, Monterey, CA 93940 (831) 375-1324 San Carlos School, serving students in grades TK-8, has a curriculum that meets and exceeds the standards set by the State of California for elementary education in language arts, science, math, social studies and physical education. In addition, students receive instruction in technology, Spanish, art and religion. Children in kindergarten through the 5th grade enjoy formal music and library classes. San Carlos School also offers students 12 extra-curricular clubs and sports teams. Every race, origin, religious background and economic strata is represented, welcomed and accepted at San Carlos.

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1 wednesday 8:00 AM. First day Hike: Bird Walk Join us for a morning avian stroll to hear and see some of the amazing birds that reside in our park, from hawks to songbirds and waterfowl, and maybe even a woodpecker or two. Bring water and binoculars if you have them. Meet at the main parking lot off Highway 9. Heavy rain cancels. No pets. Free event. The vehicle dayuse fee is $10. Henry Cowell State Park 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton, www.parks.ca.gov 9:00 AM. First Day Hike: Fall Creek Hike through a young, 100-yearold forest to examine evidence of the logging history and discover how the Bay Area was built on this 4-mile, 4-hour hike. Meet at

the Fall Creek parking lot, approximately 0.5 mile up Felton Empire Road from the Highway 9 Intersection in Felton. Rain cancels. No pets. Free event. Henry Cowell State Park 525, North Big Trees Park Road, Felton, www.parks.ca.gov 9:00 AM. Asilomar First Day Hike Led by State Park Staff, Asilomar First Day Hikers will follow the beautiful Asilomar State Beach Coast Trail. Enjoy amazing scenic views, bracing salt air, and abundant seashore wildlife as we walk along the spectacular portion of the coastline in an easyto-moderate 2-mile walk. Young children must be accompanied by parent/guardian, and be able to walk or ride in strollers the full 2-mile length. Following the Hike State Park staff will also be leading walks through the Dunes Board-

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walk Trail and habitat of Asilomar at 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, and 2 pm. Asilomar Beach Sunset Drive, Pacific Grove, 93955 831-646-6440 10:00 AM. First day Hike: Natural Bridges On this 2-hour, 1-mile hike, experience the “back-country” of the beloved park. Witness the diversity of over 5 distinct habitats and the animals that rely on living in the nooks and crannies of Natural Bridges. Bring water, snack, hat, warm layers, and rain protection. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. Natural Bridges State Park 2531, West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, 95060, www.parks.ca.gov 10:00 AM. First day Hike: Nisene Marks Delve into forest history, and prehistory, while walking to the abandoned Loma Prieta townsite and discovering marine fossils deep in the redwood forest. Bring water, snacks, and layered clothing. Meet at George’s picnic area next to the steel bridge before the winter gate. Two hikes beginning at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Free event. The vehicle day-use fee is $8. Nisene Marks State Park Aptos, 95003 www.parks.ca.gov 10:00 AM. Big Basin First Day Hike

Escape the crowds on this 6-mile loop through shaded forest to a hilltop view of the coast. Join Docent Steve Stolper as we climb the Meteor Trail through the trees, gaining 600 feet before emerging at Ocean View Summit. After a relaxed lunch, we descend back into the forest and return to headquarters. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Meet at park headquarters. Free event. The vehicle dayuse fee is $10. The Old Lodge 21600, Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, 95006, 831-338-8861 11:00 AM. Seacliff History Tour Meet in the Visitor Center for a walking tour of Seacliff State Beach and its fascinating history. Get the lowdown on: Rafael Castro, Claus Spreckels, and the development of Aptos, Seacliff Park and the “Madman of Seacliff,” Paul Woodside, the story of the Concrete Ship and much, much more. Sea Cliff State Beach 201 State Park Drive, Aptos, 95003 ww.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=543 11:00 AM. ALL IN for the Ocean Challenge. Your all-in experience will include: Complimentary golf cart ride from the resort down to the beach and back. Cash bar and snack station, featuring hot toddies, mimosas, soft drinks, and healthy snacks

to fuel your plunge. Invigorating music and commentary. Fire pits to warm you right back up. BYO s’mores. Prizes for ‘most creative’, ‘most courageous’ and ‘most blue’. Sponsored by Save Our Shores. Seascape Resort 1 Seascape Resort Dr, Aptos, 95003, saveourshores.org 12:00 PM. Children’s Story Circle Featuring three different books for different ages, all about the coastal redwood forest. Stories will be repeated. Drop-in anytime and stay as long as you wish. Bring warm layers and water. Meet at the visitor center. If raining, the program will move into the visitor center. No pets. Free event. Vehicle dayuse is $10. Henry Cowell State Park 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton, www.parks.ca.gov

Workshops World of Pets Learn all about the littlest pets at The SPCA like rabbits, guinea pigs, and exotics. As well as our bigger friends, such as horses. Help care for all our friends, make toys, and spend time with some of our adoptable pets. SPCA for Monterey County 1002, Highway 68 (MontereySalinas Hwy), Salinas, 93908 www.spcamc.org/campprograms 5:30 PM. Salinas Fatherhood Workshop Join Papás of the Central Coast in Salinas for our Supporting Fatherhood Involvement groups. The group is free and includes dinner and childcare. Bring your kids. Papas of the Central Coast 115 Iris Drive, Salinas, 93901 831-226-3478

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Call for time. Winter Break Family Fun: Minute to Win It Games We’ll be playing silly games and asking elementary students to complete funny stunts and challenges, all within 60 seconds. John Steinbeck Library 350 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, 93901 www.salinaspubliclibrary.org

9:00 AM. Woof Workshop Discover the silly world of dogs. Learn all about dog communication, care, and training. Create fun dog toys and make yummy dog treats. Spend lots of time with SPCA shelter dogs, play fun games and most of all – learn something new. SPCA for Monterey County 1002 Highway 68, Salinas, 93908 www.spcamc.org

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pm for viewing of beautifully displayed murals and give visitors the opportunity to meet and talk with the artists. 796 Northridge Mall, Salinas, 93906 www.shop-northridge-mall.com 5:00 PM. First Friday at MMA Meet and greet with artists, curators, and designers while celebrating the opening of new exhibitions at MMA’s favorite monthly social event. Monterey Museum of Art 559 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940 www.montereyart.org

6:00 PM. Gymnastics Night out Drop your children off in a safe, structured environment and go enjoy a nice evening on the town. Kids will be guided through a night filled with gymnastics competitions, games, crafts, pizza, and dessert. You’ll find everyone nicely tuckered out when you pick them up and you’ll be delighted with your night out. For ages 6-12 years old. El Estero Park 725 Pearl Street, Monterey, 93940 monterey.org

5:00 PM. First Friday at Santa Cruz Museum of Art Explore all three floors of exhibitions for free along with drop-in craft activities and dance to live music. Santa Cruz Museum of Art 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 95060, http://santacruzmah.org

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sive gardens on the First Saturday of every month. Tour length varies depending on what’s in bloom and what the participants request. Admission to the gardens is: $5 for adults, $2 dollars for kids (6-17), Kids under 6, Arboretum Members and UCSC Students are free. UC Santa Cruz Arboretum 1156, High Street, Santa Cruz, http://arboretum.ucsc.edu 3:00 PM. NAMI Monterey Family Support Group NAMI Family Support Group is a free confidential support group for family members, friends, and partners of loved ones living with a mental illness in a compassionate environment. Join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective experiences and learned wisdom. Held bi-weekly. NAMI Monterey County 1020, Merrill Street, Salinas, 93901 namimonterey.org 5:00 PM. Kids Night Out Need an evening without the kids? Use this opportunity to enjoy a well-deserved night off while your kids enjoy games, crafts and other exhilarating activities. Go out to see a movie, have dinner or go shopping while your children have a good time in a safe and fun environment. Dinner will be provided. Casanova Oak Knoll Center 735 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, 93940, monterey.org

5 sunday 9:00 AM. Sensory Sundays Open 2 hours early on the first Sunday of every month, specifically for children with autism and other special needs. Reduced lighting and noise, food and games offered, trained and caring staff. Chuck E. Cheese 1447 North Davis Road, Salinas, 93907 10:00 AM. Nature Photography Tourists take pictures, photographers make photographs. Begin to “see” like a camera using perspective and leading lines. Discover five steps to improve your photographs. Learn the basics, then explore the park and put your newfound skills to use.  Palo Corona Discovery Center 4860, Carmel Valley Road, Carmel, 93923, www.mprpd.org 1:30 PM. Nature Hike Every week, the Watsonville Nature Center offers a bilingual guided tour of the Wetlands.  This Nature Center displays a diversity of wildlife habitats, including the Pajaro River, the Watsonville Sloughs and Pinto Lake. Over 200 species of waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds live in and migrate through

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6 monday 10:00 AM. Preschool Yoga with Maryann Join Miss Maryann for a fun preschool yoga class. Afterward, we gather at the craft tables and socialize. Harrison Memorial Library Ocean & Lincoln, Carmel, 93923 https://ci.carmel.ca.us 6:00 PM. Big Games for Kids Enjoy a fun evening with friends playing a collection of life-sized games. Play BIG Jenga, BIG Uno,

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7 tuesday 10:00 AM. $2 Tuesdays at MY Museum $2 Tuesday is the first Tuesday of every month. Enjoy $2 admission per person for Monterey County residents with ID. Children under 24 months are free. MY Museum 425 Washington Street, Monterey 10:30 AM. chartwell school open house Learn more about Chartwell School’s curriculum for students in grade 2 to 12 with dyslexia and other learning differences. Call to reserve your space.  2511 Numa Watson Road, Seaside, 93955 www.chartwell.org, 831-394-3468 11:00 AM. Storytime at Steinbeck Center Free storytime with stories and crafts designed for 4-8-year-olds. All ages are welcomed, though. Held each week on Tuesday from 11 am-noon. National Steinbeck Center 1 Main Street, Salinas, 93901 1:30 PM. Play-School Storytime A brand new afternoon preschool storytime. Join Miss Teri for playschool storytime, an hour-long program that includes stories, music, playtime, and activities. Children will be able to practice kindergarten readiness skills.  Harrison Memorial Library Ocean & Lincoln, Carmel, 93923 https//i.carmel.ca.us/library 3:30 PM. Turbo Tuesday Come spend an afternoon of fun playing all kinds of games. For students in 4th -12th grades. Watsonville Main Library 275 Main Street, Watsonville,

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ping pong, and board games. Held weekly on Wednesday. Hilltop Center 871 Jessie Street, Monterey, 93940 www.monterey.org/rec 6:00 PM. Big Games for Kids Enjoy a fun evening with friends playing a collection of life-sized games. Play BIG Jenga, BIG Uno, BIG Connect Four or start a BIG tournament with friends. For ages 10-17 years, held weekly on Monday and Wednesdays. Free event. Casanova Oak Knoll Center 735 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, 93940 www.monterey.org 7:00 PM. Community Night with the Library Freedom of speech as often been viewed as our most precious right, the right to think and speak without government censorship. But freedom of speech has never been interpreted by the Supreme Court to be as absolute as those words appear.  What are the limits?  What happens when free speech conflicts with other constitutional rights? Join Michelle Welsh, Professor of Constitutional Law and Employment Law at the Monterey College of Law, and a 40-year member of American Civil Liberties Union for this fascinating talk.  Sunset Center, San Carlos Street at 9th Avenue, Carmel, 93923 831-624-2811

9 thursday 6:00 PM. Parents in PreK at Santa Catalina Take a break from “adulting” and join us for an evening in PreKindergarten. Have fun doing interactive lessons with our warm and engaging teachers. Then, ease back into the real world at a casual reception. Free childcare is available and can be reserved when you RSVP. Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School, 1500 Mark Thomas Dr., Monterey, 93940 www.santacatalina.org

10 friday 10:00 AM. 46th Annual Fungus Fair The three-day event showcases speakers, cooking demonstrations, a special Kids’ Room, and a taxonomy panel for identification of fungi. Many books and mushroom-related items are available for sale, as are wild mushroom delicacies. Bring the kids and stroll through a re-created woodland forest displaying hundreds of wild mushrooms; the Fungus Fair also features a special room full of hands-on activities for the kids, including fungus exploration tables, clay mushroom building, face painting, and more. Louden Nelson Community

Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz, 95060 4:00 PM. Teen Fandom Every other Friday from 4:00 5:30, join us for Fandom Club. From anime to cosplay, from comics to crafting, from cult classics to fan fiction, and beyond. Anything you like to geek-out over is our favorite thing too. Check the calendar to make sure you know which Fridays we will be having club, and check the Teen Event page to see what the Fandom will be that day.  Also held on Jan. 24. Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, https://montereypl.libcal.com

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13 monday 10:00 AM. Storytime With Miss Grace Join Miss Grace for fun preschool storytime. Enjoy stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and activities. Afterward, we gather at the craft tables and socialize. Harrison Memorial Library Ocean & Lincoln, Carmel, 93923 https://ci.carmel.ca.us/library 3:30 PM. Ripe, Bright, and Just Right Join us for a cooking demonstration on how to use vegetables to make delicious healthy side dishes. Learn a recipe that helps reduce inflammation, risk of cancer and chronic diseases and more. This demonstration will provide you with nutrition education, recipe samples and an incentive. . John Steinbeck Library 350, Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, 93901, Jissella at JissellaD@ ci.salinas.ca.us or 831- 758-7020

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23 thursday 3:30 PM. Teen Space Enjoy video games, crafting stations, life-sized board games, anime, movies, TV shows, a free library (books you can borrow without a Library card), and an area to hang out with your friends and game on your personal devices. Times are subject to change. Check the website for updates. (Middle and High schoolaged students welcome). Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey montereypl.libcal.com 4:30 PM. Origami for Kids Join us as we learn the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. Have fun and learn how to fold some of the most beautiful and popular origami designs. For ages 7-12 years. Casanova Oak Knoll Center 735 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, 93940, monterey.org

24 friday 3:15 PM. Drawing with Dante Dante Rondo will be here teaching a fun drawing class for ages 8 through 14 years old. All materials are supplied by the library. Harrison Memorial Library Ocean & Lincoln, Carmel, 93923 https://ci.carmel.ca.us/libraryevent. Please pre-register by calling 831-624-4664. 6:00 PM. Free Family Movie Night Free family movie nights at the

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Tonya Blakemore, MD

Robert Naimark, MD

Hieu Nguyen, MD

We are excited to welcome Jennae Lee, M.D.

Jennae Lee, MD.

Comprehensive pediatric outpatient care at the office and inpatient care at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital

831-757-8124 260 San Jose Street, Salinas, CA 93901 Visit our website at

PacificCoastPediatrics.com montereybayparent.com


Capitola Community Center Fridays this Winter. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with a movie start time of 6:30 p.m. Please bring low chairs, blankets, and pillows. Space is limited to 200 people. Capitola Community Center 4400 Jade Street, Capitola, 95010 www.cityofcapitola.org

25 saturday 10:00 AM. Science Saturday Science Saturdays are familyfriendly events that have a variety of hands-on science activities for guests of all ages. Admission is free for everyone. Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, 93950, www.pgmuseum.org 10:00 AM. Whalefest Monterey This free, fun and educational interactive family event for all ages celebrates the biodiversity of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and much more. The event, which features a 2-day Symposium with world-renowned marine experts and dozens of exhibit booths, benefits many local and national marine organizations that educate, inspire, and empower the public to protect the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Runs through Jan. 26. 1 Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey,

93940, www.montereywharf.com 10:00 AM. REACH Basketball begins REACH Basketball begins Sat. January 25 and runs through Sat. March 7, from 10 am to 11 am each Saturday at the Seaside Boys & Girls Club. NOTE: There will be no program on Feb. 15, due to the Presidents’ Day weekend holiday. The cost is $75 for the six week session and includes a t-shirt, team photo and six weeks of fun, fun, fun https://specialkidsconnect.org 1332 La Salle Ave, Seaside, 93955 11:00 AM. Open House at the Castro Adobe Warm up with some traditional hot chocolate from our cocina and keep out of the cold in the comfort of our adobe, where we will share the stories of this pioneering family and our pioneering park. Active construction site, open only during scheduled events. Free event. Castro Adobe 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville, 95076, www.thatsmypark.org 1:00 pM. kirby school open house Kirby School was established in 1994 to offer academic challenge to motivated students regardless of economic circumstances. Attend the open house to learn about the opportunities awaiting your student in grades 6 thor-

ough 12. 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, 95060, kirby.org 1:30 PM. Steam Saturday with Miss Myah from River School Miss Myah, the science teacher from River School, will be here leading cool science experiments. This program is for K-5th grade, and all materials are supplied by the library. Harrison Memorial Library Ocean & Lincoln, Carmel, 93923 7:30 PM. Fun & Games for 21 & Over Yummy food, wine, beer and tons of board games... what’s not to LOVE. Join us for this great fundraiser for MYM. $39 per person online or $45 at the door. You can also buy tickets at MY Museum. MY Museum 425 Washington Street, Monterey, www.mymuseum.org

26 sunday 11:00 AM. 2020 Bridal Expo Find all the information you need to plan the perfect wedding. The Bridal Expo brings together more than 100 wedding specialists and related vendors from the Monterey Bay Area. Includes cake samples, wedding decorations, valuable door prizes, and a Grand Prize drawing. At the Boardwalk’s Cocoanut Grove. Admission $8 at

door. Preregister to receive $3 off door admission and automatically be entered to win the romantic weekend getaway. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, 95060, beachboardwalk.com

27 monday 10:30 AM. Wise Voices, Smart Choices From simple ways to eat healthy to understanding chronic disease prevention, this 5 week nutrition class will help prepare you to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Receive a bag of produce at each class and if you attend 4 out of 5 classes you will get a gift bag filled with health related goodies. Registration opens January 6.  Cesar Chavez Library 615, Williams Road, Salinas, 93905 Contact Jissella at 831- 758-7020 or JissellaD@ci.salinas.ca.us to save your spot.

31 friday 9:00 AM. Monterey Bay Christian School open house Learn more about Monterey Bay Christian School, open to students in PreK-8th grades. 1184 Hilby Avenue, Seaside, 93955 831-899-2060





2 toilet paper tubes

Paper towel tube

2. Draw a rounded 1. Lay a toilet

paper tube on top of a piece of cardboard. Trace it.

nose to the traced shape. Then draw two rounded triangles for wings.

Small piece of cardboard

Markers or paint

3. Cut out the shape.


(with an adult�s help)


5. Glue your cut tube on top of the cardboard in the shape of a spacecraft, and let it dry.

4. Trace the bottom of a

6. Color or paint your spacecraft. You

toilet paper tube on top of another. Then cut out the round shape.

can also decorate it with stickers. Place a small toy inside and go for a ride. Tell a story about where you’re going!

TinkerActive Workbooks cover essential skills using curriculum-based exercises and interactive tinkering, making, and engineering activities using common household materials!

The Active Way to learn through play 38



Odd Dot

An imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group


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Chartwell School: Empowering students who think and learn differently. Open House January 7 February 4 10:30 AM “Chartwell literally saved our son’s life.”

Stop struggling. Start learning.

Parent of Chartwell Graduate

For students in grades 2 to 12 with dyslexia and other learning differences. Chartwell School | 2511 Numa Watson Rd. | Seaside, CA 93955 www.chartwell.org | 831.394.3468 40


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Profile for Monterey Bay Parent Magazine

January 2020 Monterey Bay Parent Magazine  

A regional parenting publication for Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, Ca.

January 2020 Monterey Bay Parent Magazine  

A regional parenting publication for Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, Ca.