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Classes for Kids & Families

SAT Test Prep (ages 14-18)

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Prepare for the SAT Exam by attending a two-day test prep workshop presented by the team at San Lorenzo Learning Lab. The workshops are scheduled just prior to the November 2nd and December 7th, 2019 tests, so the review is fresh in students' minds when they take the test, and there are two locations to choose from to be sure families can find one close to home!

This workshop covers all aspects of the SAT including:

  • An in depth overview of each section of the SAT: reading, writing & language, the essay, and math
  • Test-taking strategies and time management
  • Error analysis to identify strengths and weaknesses
  • Official study guides and practice tests
  • Resources and tools for success

 

Sat & Sun., Oct. 19 & 20
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Room: 513
Register before Sept. 9: $180
Register after Sept. 9: $195
Plus $40 materials fee paid at registration

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Sat & Sun., Nov. 16 & 17
1:00 - 5:00 pm
San Lorenzo Learning Lab, 6010 Highway 9, Suite 1, Felton
Register before Sept. 9: $180
Register after Sept. 9: $195
Plus $40 materials fee paid at registration

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San Lorenzo Learning Lab is a K-16 Academic Support Center that offers a wide range of tutoring, test prep, college consulting, homework help & more! Family owned & operated since 2014 and staffed with professional tutors and instructors, their goals are to provide students with a positive learning environment, encourage them to take a proactive role in their education and help them achieve academic success.

 


College Planning: Finding Colleges That Fit and How to Afford Them

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Are you concerned about your child’s path to college? Do the application requirements and deadlines seem confusing? Is it hard to imagine how you can afford to pay for one (or more) college educations? If you are a parent with a middle or high school student, this class will help you and your student prepare for college. We’ll discuss how to search for colleges that fit, understand what admission committees are looking for, write that dreaded essay and create an excellent resume.

Even if your child gets in to the college of their choice, paying for college is the one of the largest expenditures most parents will face in their lifetimes. In this class we will discuss strategies that can help you reduce college costs through planning, various savings methods, and tax strategies. We will also discuss how you can maximize potential financial aid with some advanced planning.

This class will help you get through the selection and application process, and avoid many of the common mistakes that can cost your family hard-earned money.

High school students are encouraged to attend Session 1 with their parent(s) at no extra cost.

2 Tue., April 14 & 21, 2020 - NEW DATES!
6:45 - 8:45 pm
Room: 432

Register before March 31: $54
Register after March 31: $62
Register 2 or more: $50 each

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Stephen Shapiro CPA, CFP, has advised individuals on financial matters for over 20 years and has led financial workshops since 1989.

Maureen Casey, MA is a credentialed California instructor and Administrator and a principal at Casey Educational Consulting. She is a college counselor at Bellarmine Preparatory and Educational consultant specializing in middle school through college age students and families offering college preparatory academics and guidance.

 


Accelerated Learning Techniques for Students (ages 12-15)

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In today’s rapidly changing technological society, knowing how to learn is one of the most valuable skills we can have. Unfortunately, most of us were never actually taught how to learn. Because of this, many people find learning to be an unpleasant chore rather than a fun and exciting adventure. Well, no more! Learning is fun, especially when you know how to do it quickly and efficiently.

It doesn’t matter if you are a straight A student or barely passing, you can do better in less time! This interactive and entertaining funshop will teach you how to learn faster and have fun while doing it. You will learn the tools and techniques necessary to unlock the amazing potential of your brain and start achieving more than you ever thought possible.

Sat. & Sun., Sept. 21 & 22 - CLASS CANCELLED
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Room: 825

Fee: $75

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Dr. Joe McCullough is the Physics Program Chair at Cabrillo College where he has been teaching for the last 15 years. He is also a certified trainer and best-selling author of Accelerated Learning Techniques for Students. Joe is an in-demand speaker whose "funshops" are designed using the principles of accelerated learning to optimize learning in a fun and upbeat atmosphere.

 


School Lunches Your Kids Will Really Eat!

We all know that young brains need good food to function, so parents pack lunches in the hopes that our kids will eat well during the day. But how many of us open the lunch bag or box at the end of the day to find not much has been eaten?

This one-day workshop will give you and your kids a chance to plan and make delicious lunch items that they will actually eat. Kids can be particular, so there will be lots of options that are nutritious, and yummy! Go home with recipes, snacks and inspiration for lunches. We’ll be making rainbow spring rolls with dipping sauce, vegetable sushi, hummus with homemade pita, make your own pita pizza kit and snickerdoodles!

Culinary classes are appropriate for students 16 years and older.

 

Sun., September 15
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Room: 908
Register before Sept. 9: $70
Register after Sept. 9: $80

Register 2 or more: $65 each
Plus a $25 materials fee payable at registration

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Megan Bailey - see bio below

 


Healthy, Delicious, Affordable, Easy - Meal Prep and Planning for Families

Most of us can find the time to grocery shop on the weekend, but planning for a week of meals is tricky! We want to make and eat healthy meals with our families, but our busy days and evenings can make it challenging to prep and cook each night. 

The solution is within your reach, it’s simple, affordable, fun - and the whole family can participate! Join Chef Megan for tips on how you can plan healthy, affordable, delicious meals that you can shop for on the weekends, then easily prepare each night of the week. Learn tricks for prepping, storing, and quick prep. You will learn to make and store whole meals, and how to prep basic components ahead of time so you can make something that satisfies a craving in a fraction of the time!

The first class is just for grown-ups, so we can cover the basics and talk about planning, budget, and nutrition.

The second class welcomes parent and child to prepare and enjoy a meal! You will leave class with a flexible, healthy, affordable, family friendly strategy to bring you all to the table together!

Registration fee is for two students, either both parents, or one parent (adult) and one child. This class is appropriate for children ages 8 and older only.

 

Sat., October 5 & 12
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Room: 908
Registration for two students before Sept. 9: $125
Registration for two students after Sept. 9: $140

Plus a $25 materials fee payable at registration

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Megan Bailey is an instructor with the Cabrillo College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program.

 


Dia de los Muertos Painted Skulls

 

Traditional sugar skulls are replaced with hand painted, handcrafted plaster Dia de los Muertos skulls in this one day workshop. We will paint our plaster skulls with bold patterns and rich colors inspired by this traditional, folk-art style. Learn to mix and pour quick-setting plaster, then paint your skulls with colorful designs in this fun, fast-paced class. As an extra bonus, you'll also learn to make molded chocolate skulls!

 

Parent/Child Workshop
Sat., October 12
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
At Creator Haven, 41-B Hangar Way, Watsonville

Register before Sept. 9: $45
Register after Sept. 9: $52
Register 2 or more: $40 each
Plus a $15 materials fee paid at registration

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Adult Only Workshop
Sun., October 13
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
At Creator Haven, 41-B Hangar Way, Watsonville

Register before Sept. 9: $45
Register after Sept. 9: $52
Register 2 or more: $40 each
Plus a $15 materials fee paid at registration

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Pat Evans teaches metal clay, fused glass, and traditional metal jewelry-making nationwide and at her studio, Creator Haven, in Watsonville. She has a passion and talent for bringing out the creativity in every student. Pat is a Senior Art Clay Certifying Instructor and is president of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild.

 


Stuffed and Fresh! Handmade Ravioli, Pasta and Sauce

Italian comfort food is the best during cool autumn months. Spend the afternoon making your own handmade pasta and ravioli, and learn first hand how store bought, extruded pasta differs from fresh pasta. The difference is incredible, and making it yourself is much easier than you might think! Learn how to create the perfect pasta dough by hand, which can be the base for endless variations and shapes. We’ll also make delicious sauces like marinara, Bolognese and Alfredo. Come hungry as everyone will get their fill of pasta from this class!

Please wear closed-toe shoes, and long pants, bring an apron, and please tie your hair back or under a hat.

Culinary classes are appropriate for students age 16 and older.

Sun., November 10
2:00 - 5:00 pm
Room: 908
Register before Sept. 9: $70
Register after Sept. 9: $80

Register 2 or more: $65 each
Plus a $25 materials fee payable at registration

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Sean Adams is a Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management student at Cabrillo College with a lifelong passion for food, community and local produce. He is currently the teen instructor at Teen Kitchen Project, inspiring the next generation of chefs and foodies.

 


Bee Sweet! Treats and Crafts with Beeswax and Honey

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Come spend a cozy Sunday in the Cabrillo bakeshop with local beekeeper/educator Emily Bondor and Chef Anne to make beeswax food wrap, honey-lavender biscotti, and immunity tincture- all from locally sourced bee products!

Beeswax food wrap is cloth coated with beeswax that is used in place of plastic wrap or Ziplocs, and is biodegradable and environmentally friendly. It is malleable and slightly sticky, so it wraps around just about anything, and is reusable for about a year with proper care. Students will make beeswax food wrap with pure beeswax from Emily’s hives, and will also create a healing tincture by combining propolis, local honey, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar to make a spray for sore throats. With Chef Anne’s guidance students will also learn how easy it is to make twice-baked Italian cookies. Our honey-lavender biscotti will be made with Emily’s beautiful honey, and students will leave with the recipe to share this delicious treat with family and friends.

Everyone will make and take home a piece of beeswax food wrap, a dozen fragrant, delicious biscotti, and a small bottle of immunity tincture. Preserve food, combat winter ailments, and enjoy delicious baked goods, all with wonderful bee-products!

Culinary classes are appropriate for students 16 years and older.

Sun., December 1
12:00 - 3:00 pm
Room: 908
Register before Sept. 9: $70
Register after Sept. 9: $80

Register two or more: $65 each
Plus a $30
materials fee payable at registration

Please wear closed-toe shoes, and long pants, bring an apron, and please tie your hair back or under a hat.

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Anne Baldzikowski enjoys encouraging people to cook in her classes at Cabrillo where she began her formal studies over 30 years ago. She has owned two bakeries: The Queen of Tarts and Let Them Eat Cake! Currently she teaches in the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Department at Cabrillo College. She is the author of Easy Artisan, Simple Elegant Recipes for the Everyday Cook.

Emily Bondor is a bay area Beekeeper and Educator. Her expertise is in promoting responsible honeybee genetics and breeding queens from locally adapted genetic stock. She works in Napa Valley managing bee-hives and is currently pursuing Master Beekeeping Classes through the Honeybee Lab at UC Davis.

 


ONLINE COURSE: Homeschool With Success

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Homeschooling can be a bit of a mystery if you're new to the topic. In this course, you'll start at the beginning, delving into the history of homeschooling and examining its status today in all 50 states. You'll see how to find the laws and regulations that govern your community—and you might be surprised to learn that homeschooling is legal and growing all around you. As you discover what you need to know to homeschool your children, you'll also become familiar with the terminology the homeschool community uses.

You'll see how homeschooling gives you the opportunity to socialize your children as well as build long-lasting and productive relationships with peers and adults. You'll also find out how homeschooling gives you unique opportunities to teach valuable life skills. From manners to money management, you can be sure your children master subjects that don't make it into most textbooks. You'll also learn about full-time homeschooling for travelers and how it can fit into their adventurous lives. When you finish this course, you'll have lots of information and guidance to plot your homeschooling course for years to come!

Learning Type: Instructor-Led Course
Hours: 24
Duration of Access: 6 weeks
Session Start Dates: October 16, November 13, December 11

Fee: $108

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Beverly Richards Schulz is an award-winning photographer and graduate of the New York Institute of Photography. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from UC Berkeley and a master's degree in Adult and Continuing Education. For the past 10 years, Beverly has taught at the University of San Francisco. With more than 15 years teaching experience, she has written over 30 digital photography and digital editing courses. She co-authored the book “Photoshop Elements 14 — What's New?”

 


ONLINE COURSE: Ready, Set, Read!

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Take this opportunity to find out how children really learn to read and write. Explore current research that cuts through the media messages about reading wars and the right way to teach children. Learn by reading stories about children, doing interactive assignments, and exploring the latest in parent and childcare information.

In this course, you will learn how a child becomes literate from the moment of birth. First, you will investigate the many things a child's growing mind must do to make sense of the written word and create writing. From there, you will explore the development of reading and writing from infancy to the early school years. You will know what problems to look for and how to assist a struggling reader. You will see how you can boost literacy growth during daily routines and child's play.

Learning Type: Instructor-Led Course
Hours: 24
Duration of Access: 6 weeks
Session Start Dates: October 16, November 13, December 11

Fee: $108

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Kt (Katie) Paxton is a certified teacher with a Master's Degree in Education focusing on Learning and Technology.  She has more than 15 years of classroom experience and has been an online instructor since 2003. She also owned and managed a home daycare for five years and is the author of More Adventures With Kids in San Diego.

 


ONLINE COURSE: Understanding Adolescents

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Parents, family members, teachers and related support staff, child and youth workers, counselors, nurses and the like will all benefit from the information shared in this course.

You will learn about the many physical, emotional, and cognitive changes that affect the teens in your life, and you will understand the significance of these changes both for you and the adolescent. You will look into relationships both in and outside of the home and the development of a teen's identity. You will explore personality, moral development and the role of faith.

By the time you finish this course, you should be very well-prepared to understand, appreciate, and meet the needs of the teens in your life.

Learning Type: Instructor-Led Course
Hours: 24
Duration of Access: 6 weeks
Session Start Dates: October 16, November 13, December 11

Fee: $108

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Sonya Jodoin has been involved in social work and youth work for more than 25 years. She holds a diploma in Social Service Work; a degree in Social Development Systems (Social Policy); and numerous certifications in trauma assessment and treatment for children, youth, and adults; threat assessment for adolescents; risk assessment for adults; and compassion fatigue. She brings to the course both professional and personal experience in the field of adolescence, along with training in a multitude of treatment modalities, approaches, and therapies. She has worked on the front line in mental health settings with individuals and their families, primarily with teenagers. Sonya has developed and implemented a specialized joint educational/mental health treatment program for children whose behavior has resulted in school expulsion, and was the creator of an evidence-based, specialized high-school youth program for adolescents struggling with trauma.

 


ONLINE COURSE: Geneology Basics

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Tracing your family's history is a fascinating journey. Genealogy Basics will help you understand the genealogy research process and how to interpret the information you find. This course guides you through the search process for family names using several subscription-based websites, which you can access while enrolled in this class.

You will learn through hands-on examples that help you dig deeper into your family's past. You will develop a strategy to accomplish your objectives, evaluate the results, and share that information with others. You will discover where to look, who to contact, and how to make your family history come alive!

Learning Type: Instructor-Led Course
Hours: 24
Duration of Access: 6 weeks
Session Start Dates: October 16, November 13, December 11

Fee: $108

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Carrie Ehrfurth is a historic preservation specialist and works to place buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art history, a graduate certificate in historic preservation, and a master’s degree in business administration. Carrie also researches family genealogy and takes great joy in weaving together historic information to create a complete picture of one’s past.

Bob Moyer (deceased) was a college instructor, graphic designer, technical writer, and author of this course. Bob held degrees in education, business, and Civil Engineering. He had more than 12 years of experience as an instructor and developed genealogy courses for several colleges. His passion for research and family history resulted in several genealogy-related books and speaking engagements.

 


ONLINE COURSE: Helping Elderly Parents

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Are your parents in their golden years? Learning how to help parents or other loved ones through their transition can prepare you for your own. This compassionate and comprehensive class will give you the tools, techniques, and insights for this passage.

Growing older is a part of life. Some aspects are joyful, some bittersweet, some frustrating, some frightening. You will learn what to expect, what to watch for, how to deal with physical and emotional challenges, and where to find resources to help. You'll understand the impact of retirement, learn how to choose a nursing home, and be prepared to deal with death. You'll learn about financial and legal considerations, health issues, and family interpersonal relationships. You'll be introduced to special communication skills, observation methods, and coping mechanisms to ease the burden for everyone involved. You'll learn to handle most of the challenges you will face while coming to appreciate and cherish the privilege of the journey.

Learning Type: Instructor-Led Course
Hours: 24
Duration of Access: 6 weeks
Session Start Dates: October 16, November 13, December 11

Fee: $108

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Marsiea Warren has trained and coached people in the public and private sectors for over 25 years. She holds a master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She is a Certified Master Practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), and a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. This class is a labor of love springing from lessons she learned in helping her own parents through retirement, relocation, and her mother's illness and death. She has dealt personally with each topic in this course.

 


ONLINE COURSE: Handling Medical Emergencies

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If a member of your family suffered a medical emergency, you could certainly call for trained emergency medical responders, but what would you do while you're waiting for them to arrive? Every second counts during a medical emergency.

Recognizing the early signs and symptoms of common medical conditions and providing appropriate treatment can mean a better outcome for the patient and can greatly reduce the seriousness of the illness, which means a shorter hospital stay and lower medical costs. It's also very satisfying to know how to help someone in a time of need.

Learning Type: Instructor-Led Course
Hours: 24
Duration of Access: 6 weeks
Session Start Dates: October 16, November 13, December 11

Fee: $108

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Bryan Scyphers has provided emergency medical care for over 35 years. He also has experience in sports medicine, having worked as a trainer for the San Francisco Giants and for Virginia Tech's football team. Bryan holds a a master’s degree in education. He has taught pre-hospital emergency medicine at the college level for many years, and has trained hundreds of Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics.

 

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