Quills Creative Writing Camp started 4 years ago when Elizabeth Stoner, a Marin native, UC Berkeley alum, and educator, decided that summer camp needed to diversify.
After years of running successfully positive volleyball camps that produced happy, improved, and engaged athletes, Elizabeth wanted to provide similar results for an underserved group: the young writer. As a creative writer herself and imaginative child, she found that sometimes school didn't allow the space for unencumbered creativity and wanted to provide the platform for young writers to not only explore their own creativity, but to improve upon it.
Come see why homeschooling is a popular option for many Marin families at this year's Bay Area Homeschool Fair. It takes place this Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Golden Gate Learning Center in San Anselmo.
The fair starts at 4 pm with a choice of two workshops: "The Cycles of the Kitchen", with Lindy Woodard, MD of Pediatric Alternatives and "Maker Club", with Daniel Ezell, director at Golden Gate Learning Center. Fair tables, with a wide variety of local vendors and homeschooling organizations, open at 5 pm. At 6:30 pm, keynote speaker Blake Boles—author, adventurer, entrepreneur, and founder of Unschool Adventures—takes the stage. The event wraps up with a homeschooling roundtable at 8 pm, followed by a Q&A session.
In addition, there will be games, refreshments, a bookstore, and more. The Bay Area Homeschool Fair is open to the public and admission is free! The event is sponsored by Pediatric Alternatives and Marin Homeschoolers.
Marin's geography can be pretty astounding at times. Who would have thought that the San Anselmo neighborhood of Sleepy Hollow was just a stone's throw from the northern San Rafael enclave of Terra Linda? If you try to drive from one of these locations to another, it will take you a good half hour, minimum, but if you take a walk at the Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow Divide Open Space Preserve, you can go from one to the other in just a few minutes!
This 1,172-acre preserve encompasses the ridge that separates these two areas. It's perfect for a family hike, and the views are spectacular. You really get the feeling that you're on top of the world. The path that connects Terra Linda and Sleepy Hollow was at one point destined to be a road, but community members fought to preserve the area and now the only vehicles traversing the ridge are the human-powered, two-wheeled kind.
Katia and Company is one of our favorite Marin resources for drama camps and kids' theater productions, and their shows are always a treat! This month, Katia presents Please Be Seated at the Playhouse in San Anselmo from January 20 to 24. Katia is offering Marin Mommies readers a free ticket—one per family—if you mention "Marin Mommies" at the door.
This play-within-a-play, written and directed by Katia McHaney and featuring a cast of talented local kids, follows the misadventures of a group of 5th through 8th graders who try to put on their own production of Cinderella. Featuring diva actors, a stressed-out director, and incompetent stagehands—everything that can go wrong, does!
Parents, get a sitter with a free $15 babysitting credit from UrbanSitter!
Love Me Like You Do
A unique way to share the love and connection in an intimate candlelit setting. Unwind and de-stress in this evening class while igniting the heat and passion from within. Bond with your partner in Loren's fun Vinyasa flow, partner poses, and deluxe savasana. Cheese and wine tasting after class.
Located in San Anselmo's Sleepy Hollow neighborhood, Little Mountain Preschool is a new preschool that serves children ages 3 to 5. Now entering its second year of operation, Little Mountain Preschool prepares little ones for school through a play-based curriculum. Learn more about the school and its programs at www.littlemountainpreschool.org.
Please describe your school’s philosophy. What is it all about?
Little Mountain Preschool is a play-based preschool located in Sleepy Hollow in San Anselmo. The program consists of children who are 3, 4, and 5, the youngest being 3 years of age by September 1 the year of entry. Children who turn 5 after August 1 are eligible for our Pre K program. Our Pre K program is a teacher-guided, child-centered program. We give all children tools to inspire and foster critical thinking and inquiry. We are a multi-age classroom. Each child is given many varied opportunities for working and learning through a play-based curriculum. Our school, inside and out, is rich in materials that allow young children to grow physically, intellectually and emotionally. Our goal is to provide a preschool experience that prepares children for future success.
On Friday, August 15 and Sunday, August 17, Sing-Dance-Play and Music Together of Marin will host concerts for young children and their families featuring recording artist "Uncle" Gerry Dignan, whose music is featured on the CDs given to children who take Music Together classes. Friday's show takes place at 4 pm at San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, and Sunday's performance takes place at 4 pm at the Homestead Valley Community Center, 315 Montford Avenue in Mill Valley.
Admission is on a sliding scale of $5–$10 per person or $20 per family. The concert is suitable for families with children from birth to 8 years old.
The concerts will also feature Music Together of Marin and Sing-Dance-Play staff and teachers singing favorite Music Together songs. Both concerts benefit Bread & Roses, the Marin nonprofit organization dedicated to uplifting the human spirit by providing free, live, quality entertainment to people who live in institutions or are otherwise isolated from society. Bread & Roses produces almost 600 shows a year for children, adults, and elders in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Parents in Marin and the Bay Area looking for a music class for their kids have many options to choose from. One of the more unique resources for musical education for little ones is Little Folkies. Run by Marin parents Irena and Joshua Smith, Little Folkies keeps kids engaged and entertained with classic music in the spirit of folk legends like Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. Little Folkies' main studio is in San Francisco's Noe Valley, and they offer regular classes at locations in Marin, including San Anselmo and Mill Valley.
We asked Irena to tell us about how Little Folkies came about, and what makes it a unique music experience for children.
What makes Little Folkies different from other music classes?
There are a lot of aspects of Little Folkies which make it distinctly unique. But to what really sets Little Folkies apart from other music classes of its kind are three things… Songs, aesthetic, and the fact that the business is truly independent and locally born and bred right in San Francisco.
My kids love LEGOs, so of course we're big fans of Play-Well, the amazing LEGO activity center in San Anselmo. Play-Well operates on the belief that kids learn best through play, and their activity center is a fantastic place for children to explore, problem solve, and create through the world of LEGO. My kids always have so much fun here they don't even realize they're learning about engineering!
Play-Well offers popular LEGO-inspired engineering summer camps, where kids in grades K–8 can play with LEGOs to their hearts' content and learn engineering fundamentals at the same time. Camps are designed to develop and enhance students' problem solving and critical thinking skills, expose children to concepts and vocabulary of engineering, architecture, and physics, and above all have a great time. Some of this years' camps include: Pre-Engineering using LEGO, Art and Architecture using LEGO, Ninjaneering using LEGO, Bashem' Bots using LEGO, Batman Mechanics with LEGO® Workshop, Jr. Robotics using LEGO, Mine, Craft, Build Survival Game using LEGO and much more. Check out their complete schedule here.