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Summer Together: End of Summer Awards

Aug 22nd, 2016

{photo by Aaron Burden}

It’s our last official week of summer (sorry to say it out loud). But we hope you’ve had a restful, enjoyable season and we are absolutely excited for our new year of

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Summer Together: Fun Family Five

Aug 19th, 2016

{photo by Hans}

What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.

~Mother Teresa

Here are five more ideas for summer family time this week! 

1. Create a scavenger hunt for

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Summer Together: Moments of Boredom

Aug 17th, 2016

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When a moment of boredom arises, we have become accustomed to making it go away by searching for something—sometimes anything—on our phones. The next step is to take the same

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Summer Together: Fun Snacks to Make and Share

Aug 15th, 2016

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Summertime, friends, food… they go together like marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers. Next time you have friends over, here’s a collection of tasty

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Summer Together: Even More Fun for the Family

Aug 12th, 2016

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The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.


How’s your family time this summer? Here are five more possibilities for simple or creative time

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Summer Together: Multitasking

Aug 10th, 2016

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Hyperconnected, we imagine ourselves more efficient, but we are deceived. Multitasking degrades our performance at everything we do, all the while giving us the feeling that

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Summer Together: Craft Party

Aug 8th, 2016

{photo by Aaron Burden}

Want to get your child’s friends together this summer and give them something fun to do and take home? Host a craft party! 

This Pinterest page has several adorable summer

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Summer Together: Friday’s Family Time Ideas

Aug 5th, 2016

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My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, 'You're tearing up the grass'; 'We're not raising grass,' Dad would reply.

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Summer Together: Phone-Free Meal

Aug 3rd, 2016

{photo by Dan Gold}

What phones do to in-person conversation is a problem. Studies show that the mere presence of a phone on the table (even a phone turned off) changes what people talk about. If

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Summer Together: Preparing for the School Year

Aug 1st, 2016

Are you thinking about the coming school year (yet) and what you can do to get ready for it? Not sure what to do as a SLOCA parent? While we don’t have to plan curriculum or map out a yearly scope

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Summer Together: Friday Fun for the Family

Jul 29th, 2016

{photo by Viktor Hanacek}

Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the

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Summer Together: Speaking and Listening

Jul 27th, 2016

{photo by William Iven}

It is not enough to ask your children to put away their phones. You have to model this behavior and put way your phone.

~Sherry Turkle, in Reclaiming Conversation: The
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Summer Together: Don’t Forget to Slow Down

Jul 25th, 2016

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Life is pretty full during the school year, and sometimes summer seems just as busy! Yet we all know we should take time over the summer break to rest and

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Summer Together: Five More for Friday

Jul 22nd, 2016

We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.


Each Friday this summer we are sharing 5 ideas for having fun with your family. Here are this week’s

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Summer Together: Reclaim Conversation

Jul 20th, 2016

Face-to-face conversation is the most human – and humanizing – thing we do. Fully present to one another, we learn to listen. It’s where we develop the capacity for empathy. It’s where we

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Summer Together: A Song of SLOCA

Jul 18th, 2016

Good Monday to you! We have something fun to share today: parents, if you were at morning meeting on the last Monday/Tuesday of school, LMS teacher Nick Stavros (who will be dearly missed, as he

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Summer Together: More Family Fun

Jul 15th, 2016

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Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.

~Jane Howard

It’s Friday again, and

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Summer Together: Get Theater Tickets

Jul 13th, 2016

{photo source: California Theatre Center}

Live theater is enriching, entertaining, and an enjoyable way to get E&E hours during the school year. And it’s even better to go as a group! Today we

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Summer Together: $1 Movies and More

Jul 11th, 2016

Here’s an inexpensive way to get out with friends and treat the kids to a fun morning: $1 movies! Regal Cinemas in Arroyo Grande is once again hosting the Summer Movie Express every Tuesday and

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Summer Together: Five Family Time Ideas

Jul 8th, 2016

Children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for the feeling that you cherished them.

~Richard L. Evans

Need a few fresh ideas for simple ways to spend time with your

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