First Day of Kinder!

FIRST DAY OF KINDER for the WORKING M.O.M. & SAHM

Kindergarten for the Working M.O.M.
Adidas Star Wars; H&M T-shirt and Shorts; SkipHop BackPack; Gourmac container; Bentology Thermos; Pokemon Lunchbox

This monumental moment has finally arrived!  There will be tears of joy mixed with sudden panic attacks throughout the day.  However, you have made sure to do the following, so that your baby is ready for her/his first day of school:

  1.  You have made sure that their favorite outfit is ready to go: Tip: plan and lay-out an entire week of outfits (this will save you time in the AM and tantrums over a favorite t-shirt will be eliminated) also make sure they are able lace-up, zip-up and button-up;
  2.  Favorite breakfast; snack, lunch and afterschool are ready (or you have made sure that their sitter has it ready).                                    Tip: pack everything at night.   And don’t forget to tell your kinder kid not to share food (kids have allergies and we also don’t want to pass on any illness).  Also, most schools are a peanut-free environment (make sure to check your school’s policy).
  3.  Leave a note in their lunch bag (if they can read… great), otherwise a picture or favorite sticker;
  4.  Try to get off work early to pick-up and go for a special treat or plan something extra special for the weekend.  If you are on the Westside, try Mateo’s Ice Cream Shop in Mar Vista/Culver City or Beachy Cream in Santa Monica; and Carvel is always delicious!
  5. Make sure to capture the moment!  Print out a little sign with their name, teacher, and date, and snap a picture of them!
  6. Working M.O.M.’s make sure to have another mommy friend to help with the transition: fill you in on homework and school events, playdates, etc.
  7.  Talk to your son or daughter about bullying and what to do about it;
  8.  If you have a special-needs child make sure to advocate for your child and talk to your teacher about any concerns and requirements.
  9.  Don’t forget to volunteer at some point during the year (your child will love it, your teacher will appreciate it, and  your child will realize how important their education is to you!)                                                                                               HAVE FUN!

Back to School Essentials, Eclectic fashion and M.O.M.

Somewhere I'd Rather Bee. For all my GIRLZ & BOYZ dreaming of better days to come...WE LOVE YOU! - lawtina m.o.m.
Somewhere I’d Rather Bee by @bumblebeelovesyou.
For all the GIRLZ & BOYZ dreaming of better days to come… – LAwtina M.O.M.

Just for M.O.M.

Let’s relax and breath deep and exhale and visualize all your children happily embracing their new environment at school (for some their new school) and making this year their very best!  Okay, reality check…chaos begins for some next week and for those lucky few, in a couple of weeks.  Please allow yourself to splurge, put on some Lemonade by Beyonce, do some yoga or buy a new coffee mug!  The point is that you should do something for yourself during these last few days of a schedule-free life.  May your coffee be FUERTE every morning this school year!

So, where did our summer go? It’s back to school for most kids and if your kids are like mine, then we must go shopping for new gear.   I must also brace myself for sending one off to Kinder and transitioning a toddler into pre-school, and letting my older child be a third-grader and the other two become middle-school kids with kool-aid dyed hair! We can M.O.M. this mujeres.  Here are some of my essentials, fashion and M.O.M. tips and tricks!

xoxo, LAwtina M.O.M.

The Back-to-School Essentials:

  1. Books:  Most kids struggle with Math and Science, acquiring a new Language and most schools do not provide a multiracial approach to History.  Usborne and Kumon books have some fantastic options.  For those unschooling children (a topic we shall discuss later this month) and for those educators looking for history books that challenge traditional history books, look into Rethinking Columbus (available at, www.rethinkingschools.org)Books for the next generation
  2. Supplies: I love Staples and Costco.  I believe in pencil boxes for kids and binders (call me old-school).  For the younger kids, think pencils are great for beginners learning to write.  For the teens, they usually pick their own stuff out but make sure that if they are studying and taking the SAT’s they need a standard #2 pencil.  For Backbacks , I generally use Land’s End or Pottery Barn (and I find that monogramming is great for the younger kids)…
    Loungefly x Hello Kitty Hawaiian Backpack
    For your Elementary and Middle School Kids $45

    Fendi - Monster Nylon, Leather & Fur Backpack
    For your college kid or M.O.M. $2300
  3. Lunch Gear: I’m all about containers!  Pottery Barn has some bento box choices and great options for lunch bags (with monogramming), and I recently discovered iscream lunch totes with really fun decides.  The sistema tupperware is my favorite (find them on sale at Marshalls or TJ Maxx).  Pack everything at night and have the kids pick their fruit and place it in containers (this will help the little ones learn how to open and close them)
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    Gourmac containers for kids are perfect! available on zulily.com
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    Perfect for your toddler or kinder-kid!

    LAwtina M.O.M. approved
    iscream-shop.com, lunch tote $20+
  5.  Recipes: for healthy lunch options take a look at the Eat, Drink and Entertain page for delicious pancakes and chia-protein snacks.
    Buckwheat and Blueberry Pancakes
    Got Milk? Jr. Chef recipes: These blueberry pancakes are delicious (recipe on Eat, Drink and Entertain page)

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    Chia-Peanut Butter Protein Pillows! (recipe on the other page)

Eclectic Fashion

  1. On-line shopping and Netflix: Zulily.com, for great deals on everything for kids, the casa, and you! Munchkin products for the toddlers and baby’s (at www.munchking.com).  I love Castro for the kids, the teenagers, and myself (www.castro.com).  For more boys fashion check-out the post on Boyz Fashion.  Netflix for your shopping spree: Chelsea Handler and Besitos Picantes for snacks (go over to the recipe page).

    Boys Blue Denim Animal Appliqués Jacket
    Gucci Jacket {or sew some patches of your own on a wrangler or gap kids or thrift store jacket}
  2. Back to School outfit by Castro, Allogh and Lugh, the Gap; styled by Federica at LAwtina M.O.M.
    Leopard Print T-shirt
    www.castro.com

     

Kids Fashion: All about Boyz!

I often listen to M.O.M.’s complain about boys fashion options, however, as a mother of boys (and a girl), I have found that European designers have some fantastic options as well as the following boutiques and brands: Castro, Melina, H&M, Ralph Lauren, Tizas, Burberry (on sale at Bloomingdale’s) American Apparel, Zulily.com, Eggy boutique on third street (one of my favorite!) and Reginal’s in Century Cuty carry some quirky fun items for kids!


I like to pair classic jeans from Seven (find them at Marshall’s) with fun t-shirts and sweaters from Castro and funky pants from American Apparel.  I also looove Allo and Lugh p.j.’s and jeans (they make fun designs)!

My boys are 2 and 5, and I teach them to pack their own clothes and snacks for the airplane or long car ride.  I love the Japanese method of organizing….everything is rolled and placed in plastic bags.  They have fun rolling their clothes and I enjoy an organized kid!😜

xoxo,

LAwtina M.O.M.💋💃🏽

Julian Castro and Education

In 2014, Julian Castro gave a speech at Community Lawyers, Inc.’s (CLI) annual Justice Jam.   CLI is a small non-profit organization located in Compton, California.  The organization primarily serves Latina/os, and African-Americans and over the past decade has served over 12,000 low-income residents, that would otherwise have forgone their legal rights.  CLI is special not because of the community it serves, but in the manner it serves them – pro-bono and low-bono.  CLI operates on donations from the community and the philanthropy of volunteer lawyers, paralegals, and community members to make a difference in the lives of those that don’t have a voice.   Mr. Castro was humble enough to give the following keynote address.  Muchicisimas gracias.  Mind Over Matter!

xo,

LAwtina M.O.M.


 

Some LAwtina M.O.M. Motivation

Mind. Over. Matter.

 Humble start, early tragedy turn Latina immigrant into law partner

By LUIS VASQUEZ-AJMAC Urban News Service 

Eva Plaza

Eva Plaza never dreamed of becoming a lawyer or owning a business. But the sudden loss of her father when she was just 8 dramatically changed her life.

Born in Torreon, Mexico, Plaza and her three young siblings were reared by a single mom in El Paso, Texas. Her father died tragically at 33, without seeing a doctor, from a ruptured peptic ulcer. Without role models, Plaza overcame long odds, paved her own way, and became a partner in a top Los Angeles law firm.

“When my father passed away, we lost our home, and we had to move into public housing,” Plaza said. “Security, or lack of security, colored what I was going to do.”

As the eldest child, she felt responsible for supporting her working-class family. “The usual answers were doctor or lawyer,” she said. “I thought I would be a better lawyer.”

But becoming a lawyer — let alone a partner — in a predominantly white, male-dominated industry was no easy feat for a female Mexican immigrant. “Nobody took me under their wings,” said Plaza. “I learned by doing and not being afraid. And not accepting ‘no’ for an answer.”

Plaza’s accomplishments are rare. Fewer than 35 percent of all American attorneys are women, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. “The legal industry is nearly dead last in hiring and retaining women and minority lawyers,” said Joel Stern, CEO of the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms. “Less than 2 percent are partners.”

These disparities help explain why minority lawyers increasingly launch their own firms. “There are a lot of barriers, images and stereotypes that women have to push through, like women are not aggressive enough nor strong litigators and/or too combative and will not be good managers,” Stern said.

Despite these obstacles, Plaza graduated from U.C. Berkeley Law School in 1984. She served the U.S. Justice Department as a trial counselor and later oversaw enforcement of the Fair Housing Act as an Assistant Secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C.

After two decades, Plaza left her secure and comfortable federal career. For family reasons, and a strong desire to reinvent herself and follow intellectual pursuits, Plaza moved to Los Angeles to start her own law practice.

“An easier path would have been to remain in politics,” Plaza said. “But that would have been more of the same. [The transition] took a lot from me, a lot of energy, my money and uncompensated time. This was not the road most easily traveled.”

She opened the Plaza Law Group, which thrived. Plaza soon thereafter met Gerry Fox, founder of Gerald Fox Law, who offered her a partnership.

“Eva is a fearless litigator,” said Fox, “but the most important thing about Eva is that she treats everyone with honor and dignity. Her presence is a role model for younger lawyers to learn how to act.”

Plaza sits on non-profit boards including that of the Latino Donor Collaborative, where she met Luis de La Cruz, owner of Andale Construction, now her client.

“I am very proud to know Eva’s background,” said de La Cruz. Coming “from El Paso with limited…resources demonstrated that she is an awesome intellectual person. And being in a man’s world, she demonstrated that the Si, se puede [Yes, you can] concept is still alive.”

Beyond handling Fox’s large cases, Plaza’s pro-bono work helps low-income families. She also advances minority attorneys as co-chair of the Lawyers Committee of Compton, a non-profit that provides free legal services.

“Eva is paving the way for new attorneys, like myself,” said Ingrid McCall, the groups’ interim executive director. “Her mentorship has been invaluable. I encourage other lawyers to do the same and start to volunteer.”

But law firms are businesses, too. Successful partners need to attract clients continually, which Plaza does.

“You need to have a method for bringing and serving clients, or you have to have a special skill that will help keep or attract new clients” said Francisco Montero, managing partner at Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth.

Montero also has seen technology transform the law business.

“The speed-of-response and expectation levels for lawyers has grown exponentially,” Montero said. “You are expected to respond at all hours to emails, social media and blogs.”

Robert White of the California Minority Counsel Program applauded Plaza. “It’s great to see someone like Eva succeed, who has persisted, who has done the marketing, put in the miles and developed her own business,” White said. “Eva epitomizes what goes best in the legal field. We need more people like her.”

Eva Plaza’s journey confirms Alexander Graham Bell’s observation: “When one door closes, another one opens.”

I hope you enjoyed her inspiring story!

xoxo,

LAwtina M.O.M.

Reading Comprehension and Strategies!

Reading Comprehension and Reading Strategies

Don’t Just teach them to read…teach them to comprehend!  Below is a great article from the Harvard Library on strategies for reading.

No solo leas con tus hijas, tambien trata de ensenarles a comprender lo que estan leyendo.  Leer con estatregia es muy importante.

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More of my favorite books (Harry Potter is a given) for kids 0-12!  Mis Libros favoritos para  sus hijas e hijos…

  1.  Only One You by Linda Kranz;
  2.  The Dead Family Diaz by P.J. Bracegirdle;
  3.  Stellaluna by Janell Cannon;
  4.  Meche se bana by Lene Fauerby and Mette-Kirstine Bak (Spanish);
  5.  I am a little elephant; by Francois Crozat;
  6.  The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler;
  7.   Witch’s Broom by Ruth Chew; and
  8.   America – The making of a Nation.

Enjoy.

xo,

LAwtina M.O.M.

Harvard Library Article…

Thinking-Intensive Reading

Critical reading–active engagement and interaction with texts–is essential to your academic success at Harvard, and to your intellectual growth.  Research has shown that students who read deliberately retain more information and retain it longer. Your college reading assignments will probably be more substantial and more sophisticated than those you are used to from high school. The amount of reading will almost certainly be greater.  College students rarely have the luxury of successive re-readings of material, either, given the pace of life in and out of the classroom.

While the strategies described below are (for the sake of clarity) listed sequentially, you typically do most of them simultaneously.  They may feel awkward at first, and you may have to deploy them very consciously the first few times, especially if you are not used to doing anything more than moving your eyes across the page. But they will quickly become habits, and you will notice the difference—in what you “see” in a reading, and in the confidence with which you approach your texts.

1. Preview

Look “around” the text before you start reading.

You’ve probably engaged in one version of previewing in the past, when you’ve tried to determine how long an assigned reading is (and how much time and energy, as a result, it will demand from you).  But you can learn a great deal more about the organization and purpose of a text by taking note of features other than its length.

Previewing enables you to develop a set of expectations about the scope and aim of the text.  These very preliminary impressions offer you a way to focus your reading.  For instance:

  • What does the presence of  headnotes, an abstract, or other prefatory material tell you?
  • Is the author known to you already?  If so, how does his (or her) reputation or credentials influence your perception of what you are about to read? If the author is unfamiliar or unknown, does an editor introduce him or her (by supplying brief biographical information, an assessment of the author’s work, concerns, and importance)?
  • How does the disposition or layout of a text prepare you for reading? Is the material broken into parts–subtopics, sections, or the like?  Are there long and unbroken blocks of text or smaller paragraphs or “chunks” and what does this suggest?  How might the parts of a text guide you toward understanding the line of inquiry or the arc of the argument that’s being made?
  • Does the text seem to be arranged according to certain conventions of discourse?  Newspaper articles, for instance, have characteristics that you will recognize; textbooks and scholarly essays are organized quite differently  Texts demand different things of you as you read, so whenever you can, register the type of information you’re presented with.

2. Annotate

Annotating puts you actively and immediately in a “dialogue” with an author and the issues and ideas you encounter in a written text.

It’s also a way to have an ongoing conversation with yourself as you move through the text and to record what that encounter was like for you. Here’s how to make your reading thinking-intensive from start to finish:

  • Throw away your highlighter: Highlighting can seem like an active reading strategy, but it can actually distract from the business of learning and dilute your comprehension.  Those bright yellow lines you put on a printed page one day can seem strangely cryptic the next, unless you have a method for remembering why they were important to you at another moment in time.  Pen or pencil will allow you do to more to a text you have to wrestle with.
  • Mark up the margins of your text with words and phrases: ideas that occur to you, notes about things that seem important to you, reminders of how issues in a text may connect with class discussion or course themes. This kind of interaction keeps you conscious of the reasons you are reading as well as the purposes your instructor has in mind. Later in the term, when you are reviewing for a test or project, your marginalia will be useful memory triggers.
  • Develop your own symbol system: asterisk (*) a key idea, for example, or use an exclamation point (!) for the surprising, absurd, bizarre.  Your personalized set of hieroglyphs allow you to capture the important — and often fleeting — insights that occur to you as you’re reading.  Like notes in your margins, they’ll prove indispensable when you return to a text in search of that  perfect passage to use in a paper, or are preparing for a big exam.
  • Get in the habit of hearing yourself ask questions: “What does this mean?” “Why is the writer drawing that conclusion?” “Why am I being asked to read this text?” etc.  Write the questions down (in your margins, at the beginning or end of the reading, in a notebook, or elsewhere. They are reminders of the unfinished business you still have with a text: something to ask during class discussion, or to come to terms with on your own, once you’ve had a chance to digest the material further or have done other course reading.

3. Outline, Summarize, and Analyze

The best way to determine that you’ve really gotten the point is to be able to state it in your own words. Take the information apart, look at its parts, and then try to put it back together again in language that is meaningful to you.

Outlining the argument of a text is a version of annotating, and can be done quite informally in the margins of the text, unless you prefer the more formal Roman numeral model you may have learned in high school.  Outlining enables you to see the skeleton of an argument: the thesis, the first point and evidence (and so on), through the conclusion. With weighty or difficult readings, that skeleton may not be obvious until you go looking for it.

Summarizing accomplishes something similar, but in sentence and paragraph form, and with the connections between ideas made explicit.

Analyzing adds an evaluative component to the summarizing process—it requires you not just to restate main ideas, but also to test the logic, credibility, and emotional impact of an argument.  In analyzing a text, you reflect upon and decide how effectively (or poorly) its argument has been made.  Questions to ask:

  • What is the writer asserting?
  • What am I being asked to believe or accept? Facts? Opinions? Some mixture?
  • What reasons or evidence does the author supply to convince me? Where is the strongest or most effective evidence the author offers  — and why is it compelling?
  • Is there any place in the text where the reasoning breaks down?  Are there things that do not make sense,  conclusions that are drawn prematurely, moments where the writer undermines his or her purposes?

4. Look for repetitions and patterns

The way language is chosen, used, and positioned in a text can be an important indication of what an author considers crucial and what he or she expects you to glean from his argument.

It can also alert you to ideological positions, hidden agendas or biases.   Be watching for:

  • Recurring images
  • Repeated words, phrases, types of examples, or illustrations
  • Consistent ways of characterizing people, events, or issue.

5. Contextualize

Once you’ve finished reading actively and annotating, consider the text from the multiple perspectives.

When you contextualize, you essentially “re-view” a text you’ve encountered, acknowledging how it is framed by its historical, cultural, material, or intellectual circumstances. Do these factors change, complicate, explain, deepen or otherwise influence how you view a piece?

Also view the reading through the lens of your own experience. Your understanding of the words on the page and their significance is always shaped by what you have come to know and value from living in a particular time and place.

6. Compare and Contrast

Set course readings against each other to determine their relationships (hidden or explicit).
  • At what point in the term does this reading come?  Why that point, do you imagine?
  • How does it contribute to the main concepts and themes of the course?
  • How does it compare (or contrast) to the ideas presented by texts that come before it?  Does it continue a trend, shift direction, or expand the focus of previous readings?
  • How has your thinking been altered by this reading, or how has it affected your response to the issues and themes of the course?

Susan Gilroy, Librarian for Undergraduate Writing Programs, Lamont Library

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Summer time Reads for your Bambinos, Cipotes, & Kids! 

Get your kids to dedicate some time every single day to read 🎓.   I love Kumon books to supplement reading and math for elementary school-aged children and Usborne books for science and bilingual books.  As always, I encourage you to buy bilingual books such as those pictured above, to not only introduce a second language, but to also introduce cultural identity and history (even if you are not Latina, Korean, Jewish, Italian, etc.) 👊🏾💃🏽🤓🎓

Father’s Day Chops with a Salvadorian Twist 💋


Lamb chops with mint sauce & Salvadorian green bean sauté 💋

Happy Father’s Day!  For those of you who don’t have one…tough, make this for yourself (more for you 🎉) or your “father-like-mentor” and ENJOY! 💃🏽👊🏾🎉🔥.  In El Salvador, green beans are a staple in every home and I’m giving them a little modern twist for Parent-Day and pairing them with lamb chops 💋

Mint sauce:  (1) 2 cloves of Roasted garlic (350 degrees, wrap the garlic in foil and a dash of olive oil, in the oven for about 25 minutes or longer if in lower heat).  I know it seems like a lot of work for 2 cloves BUT, it’s the key to the sauce and the rest will enhance ANYTHING you make 😎


(2) 2 tsp. whole grain mustard; (3) white wine vinegar; (4) Fresh Mint; (5) salt; (6) 💋🔥😘 (7) add some olive oil, whisk it and pour/dip/EAT!

Lamb CHOPS:  the best quality you can afford (grass-fed, local butcher, organic, no antibiotics, blah-blah, Costco); then sprinkle with kosher salt and a bit of black pepper.  Heat your sauté pan with some olive oil or grape seed oil and fresh herbs and some butter👙.  Place your chops on your pan and DON’t touch them (for about 3-4 minutes) and then flip  –don’t touch for  2-3 and cover them, turn off the heat and let them sit for a few minutes before serving 💋

Green beans:  Roasted yellow peppers and shallots (roast them with your garlic for above mint sauce); heat your pan with olive oil and throw in your green beans, roasted peppers and shallots; add some salt 🍋 

Serve with some AMOR and some 🍷 and a little 🎁😍 ⚡️💋👯🔥

Feliz CHOPs! 

xo,

LAwtina M.O.M.

Mamasita vs. Mommy: Mind over Munchies!

Narelle Brennan, showgirl, Stardust Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

I hate working out.  The thought of giving up pupusas, tortillas, lattes, chumpe, bread, in-n-out, cheese, wine, Sprite, tres leches cake, forget about it!  However, summer is around the corner and the Holidays are creeping up, and the baby is now 3 years-old, no
more excuses! 

After gaining 55-65lbs every pregnancy (3 total), I’ve learned through trial and error without a trainer or videos, what really works. 

First, NuTRITION!  What you eat is what you get.  Meal preparation is key:  grilled chicken; salmon; scallops; frozen grapes; blueberries; chicken/veggie broth; tuna ceviche; cucumbers; Brocolli; asparagus; and anything green 😍 (Never any soda, juice, or alcohol)🎁

Linda Greene, Las Vegas, Bally’s Casino, showgirl.

Now that we have our tastebuds in line again, start weight training with 2-5lbs; then, cardio: walking 10 minutes, then add some lunges or jumping jacks, walk for 5 minutes, and then finish with some weighted twists for your abs.

The goal is to SWEAT until your underwear is wet!  Add 2 minute challenging workouts until you get to 35!minutes of HIIT workout 💋.   After 1-2 months, you should be able to walk and run, alternating between walk, lunge, run 👯

Ila Borders. Pasadena,CA.  Annie Leibovitz. Women.

After reaching a 35 minute HIIT workout, add your favorite sport to the mix or a class (yoga, spin, Pilates) as a workout (this means that you should play with your kids at high intensity or join a neighborhood team/class/gym) 😎

Then, be PATIENT💅🏻…and feel your mind conquer the munchies 💪🏼

Ms. Olympia 1990-1995.  Lenda Murray by Annie Leibovitz. Women

KIDS CAMP for the summer, verano, été…?

The kids are out for the VERANO!  Que vas hacer con tus hijos este été?  Let’s consider some options that you may not have thought about just to get you started on your SUMMER adventures!

  1.  CHICKAS ROCKERAS CAMP 2016 in Huntington Park, California.   Learn to play an instrument this summer while building self-esteem and cultural awareness.  Ages: 8+.  Girls only.  Cost: $150/week {sliding scale for families with incomes less than 50K}.                                                                                                                            
  2. QUANTUM U. SuperCamp is the best academic, life, college prep and career skills camp for ages 11-18. They help students increase grades, confidence and motivation. Held at prestigious college campuses nationwide. Students experience a shift in learning through academic enrichment classes, exciting outdoor challenges, personal growth and character building exercises. They will empower  your baby  to…

    Raise grades
    Sharpen study skills
    Intensify focus
    Take meaningful notes
    Accelerate memorization speed
    Read more efficiently and effectively
    Improve test results
    Elevate SAT and ACT …

  3.  MODELING CAMP in West Los Angeles, California and vaious cities across the U.S.  Learn about the fashion industry, how to walk, photography, and have fun! Ages: 11-17.  Girls only,  Cost: $350/week.
  4. U.C.L.A. Day CAMP.  Summer day camp activities from swimming to theater.  Girls and Boys.  Ages: 5-18.  Cost: $350-$500/week. Located at UCLA, the camps emphasize each child’s needs and personal development within a group setting.  Activities for younger children feature cooperative play and include indoor/outdoor games, arts and crafts, swimming, and field trips. For elementary children, camps focus on areas of interest: science, sports, acting, creative thinking, performance, and arts and crafts. Secondary school students can enjoy week-long programs in surfing, sailing, and rock climbing, as well as educational exploration in our adventure
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  6. id TECH CAMP.  Give your kids the advantage of learning to code, program, or build robotics and immerse them in engineering.  Girls and Boys. Ages: 6+.  Cost: $350-$1400.  Various locations in Southern/Northern California, and cities in the U.S.
  7.  CANYON CREEK SUMMER CAMP.  Nestled in the Angeles National Forest, Canyon Creek Sports Camp is a completely self-contained sports complex located within an hour’s drive from Los Angeles and only 20 minutes from beautiful Castaic Lake. Our 81-acre complex features prime athletic facilities, state of the art equipment and the ideal setting for children to escape the distractions of city life. CCSC provides a safe, non-competitive environment where boys and girls build confidence and independence and improve teamwork.
  8. Art Camp at LACMA

    Spend an exciting week with paint, clay, found objects and more! Campers have adventurous experiences looking at, talking about, and making art with a team of fun and creative museum educators and artists. Enrollment opens on March 23.


    Children Ages 6 to 9

    These week-long workshops introduce techniques that teach campers to express themselves through drawing, painting, and mixed media. Each day includes fun gallery activities and the viewing of original works of art, a one-hour lunch break, and creative studio projects.

    • Week 1
      Monday-Friday, June 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 10 am–3 pm
      With artist Peggy Hasegawa
    • Week 2
      Monday-Friday, June 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 10 am–3 pm
      With artist Valentina M. Quezada
    • Week 3
      Monday-Friday, June 27, 28, 29, 30, July 1, 10 am–3 pm
      With artist Jesus Mascorro
    • Week 4
      Monday-Friday, July 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 10 am–3 pm
      With artist Shannon Green
    • Week 5
      Monday-Friday, July 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 10 am–3 pm
      With artist Marylene Camacho
    • Week 6
      Monday-Friday, July 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 10 am–3 pm
      With artist Caitlin Lainoff
    • Week 7
      Monday-Friday, August 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 am–3 pm
      With artist Brooke SauerPlease note: Art Camp and waiting list are fully booked.

    Children Ages 10 through 13

    • Photography for Tweens
      Monday-Friday, June 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 10 am–3 pm
      Learn to use your digital camera and to incorporate the essential elements of art such as composition, framing, point of view, and symbolism in your photographs. Inspired by LACMA’s permanent collection and creative assignments. Explore the art of photography and visual storytelling.  All camera formats are welcome. With photographer-artist Lluvia Higuera.
    • Experimental Art Lab
      Monday-Friday, July 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 10 am–3 pm
      Learn techniques for layering, scratching, rubbing, photography and painting as you experiment with unusual materials. Play with paint, including spray paint, ink, pastels, collage, and more! With artist Gloria Westcott.
    • Art+Fashion
      Monday-Friday, July 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 10 am–3 pm
      Explore how fashion affects our everyday lives and how it is an art form all its own. By looking at clothes for both women and men through the ages and across different cultures, students will be inspired to design their own items that serve both fashion and function. Projects will include illustration, designing clothes based on LACMA artwork, making hats, jewelry, textiles, and more. Special exhibit toured will be Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015. With artist Valentina Mogilevskaya Quezada.

Law. Fashion. Discourse. Education. Womyn.