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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

April 11, 2019
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Summit for the Planet

Autism's Quiet Heroes: The Siblings

A "million word gap" for children who aren't read to at home

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"...here's how many words kids would [hear] by the time they were 5 years old:

  • Never read to, 4,662 words
  • 1-2 times per week, 63,570 words
  • 3-5 times per week, 169,520 words
  • daily, 296,660 words
  • five books a day, 1,483,300 words."

Please share our newsletter with new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events!

Have a great weekend with family and friends!  Parmalee

 

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  Summit for the Planet

(0 A 0 April 2019) Summit_LotsRunners.jpgA Spotlight on Creativity and Learning: 13th Annual Summit for the Planet Celebration and Eco-Carnival

Hosted by Mont Madonna School
Saturday, April 27 11am - 1:30pm
Free and Open to All

Place a marble in the chute and watch it speed along the highs, lows, twists and turns of themed, model rollercoasters! Stand trackside for the team-built solar car races! See customized, scale-model tiny homes and blueprints; or catch the "catwalk," as young designers model original clothing made from recycled packaging, fabrics and other items!

Student creativity and learning - including projects to protect sea otters and an effort to eliminate plastic pollution - will be on full display along, with many kid-friendly activities. This FREE public event features eco-carnival games, face painting, live wildlife and reptile exhibits, vendor displays and learning expo, pony rides, music and tasty foods.

(0 A 0 April 2019) SummitTheBlueCrew.jpg"For me Summit for the Planet represents a time when we all have fun together," shared freshman Amirah Alexander. "At the start of the school year, middle and high school students go on different field trips to learn more about each other and bond. But during Summit for the Planet all of the grades mix together, preschool through seniors. We all come together as a community to play the games that the elementary classes have created, listen to songs, watch (or participate in) the Trash Fashion show, and see the science projects. Summit for the Planet is a great event for the school to raise funds and awareness, and also to build stronger, meaningful connections among the students."

The celebration will spotlight environmental education, and participants will include

  • Bay Area Herpetological Society (BAHS), offering a chance to see lizards, snakes, frogs, turtles and tortoises up close
  • FishWise, promoting the health and recovery of ocean ecosystems; Honeybee Ceramics, original designs by Beth Sherman
  • the Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Center, with some of its rescued birds
  • India Gourmet vegetarian cuisine
  • Marianne's Ice Cream
  • Monterey Bay Farms' sun-ripened, organic strawberries
  • Mt. Madonna Stables pony rides
  • World Centric compostable food service products
  • Areperia 831's, vegan Venezuelan BBQ.

Attendance at this annual event has grown to some 500 people of all ages, from across south Santa Clara County and the Monterey Bay areas.

"FishWise was conceived here in Santa Cruz by two UCSC grad students who shared a deep love and appreciation for the Monterey Bay," explained FishWise Chief Executive Officer and MMS alumnus ('94) Tobias Aguirre. "Over time, due to the seafood industry's global nature, our work has evolved to focus on improving the sustainability of national and international fisheries and aquaculture operations. "Being part of the Summit for the Planet celebration provides an opportunity to "come home' and deepen our relationship within our local community" he continued. "We at FishWise are grateful for the civically engaged Santa Cruz and Santa Clara county communities, and invite others who care deeply about the health of our oceans and the people that depend on them - this impacts us all - to learn more about our work." 

(0 A 0 April 2019) SummitPurpleHair.jpgThe support of key sponsors for Summit for the Planet is very important for sustaining and growing this festival, and event organizers are honored that numerous local businesses are participating, including presenting sponsors SunRidge Farms, the Michael Lee Environmental Foundation (MLEF), and Lazy Suzan Designs. Additional community sponsors include: KAZU 90.3FM, SantaCruzParent.com, Morgan Hill Life, Gilroy Life, and the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

"The annual Summit for the Planet connects the MMS community with local organizations and businesses supporting the environment and teaching young people the importance of stewardship," commented Head of School Mary Supriya McDonald. "It's a day of play and fun for families and all the visitors who join us on the mountaintop. The 5K or 10K hike through the redwood forest is an invigorating and relaxing way to raise awareness and support for our school and other nonprofits." 

Things to know when you go:

  • 13th annual Summit for the Planet eco-carnival
  • Hosted by Mount Madonna School, 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna, located 2.5 miles off of Hwy. 152, between Gilroy and Watsonville.
  • For more information visit: SummitforthePlanet.org facebook.com/summitfortheplanet
  • or email linda.manzur@mountmadonnaschool.org.

Nestled among the redwoods on 355 acres, Mount Madonna School (MMS) is a community of learners dedicated to creative, intellectual, and ethical growth. MMS supports its students in becoming caring, self-aware, discerning and articulate individuals; and believe a fulfilling life includes personal accomplishments, meaningful relationships and service to society. The CAIS and WASC accredited program emphasizes academic excellence, creative self-expression and positive character development. Located on Summit Road between Gilroy and Watsonville. Founded in 1979.

 

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  Autism's Quiet Heroes: The Siblings

By Melissa Collins-Porter
National Council on Severe Autism

For this year's autism awareness month, I'd like to honor and celebrate the siblings.

(0 A 0 April 2019) SiblingHero_AutisimAwareness.jpgThey love their brothers or sisters fiercely, yet quietly endure being dragged to therapists' offices and doctor appointments, become basically ABA-certified by the time they're 12, and get used to only Mom or Dad coming to their events because one has to stay with their sibling. They often are forced to concentrate on homework amidst what reasonable people would call total chaos.

From a young age, they have an awareness that at some point, they will likely become caregivers to their sibling. They may feel guilt about the fullness of their own lives (friends, sports, activities, travel, independence, college) in contrast to that of their sibling. They may feel pressure to be "the quiet one," "the good one," "the easy one." They have become used to cancelled plans, destroyed or lost personal items, and giving up their own preferences to appease their brother or sister.

They tirelessly stand up for their siblings when people ask questions, stare, or use "autistic" as a pejorative at school.

Underestimate them at your peril, because they grow up to be extraordinary adults and you want them on your side. This one right here is my hero.

Melissa Collins-Porter is a filmmaker who lives in Southern California.

 

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  A "million word gap" for children who aren't read to at home

(0 A 0 April 2019) ReadingtoBaby.jpgThat's how many fewer words some may hear by kindergarten...

Young children whose parents read them five books a day enter kindergarten having heard about 1.4 million more words than kids who were never read to, a new study found.

This "million word gap" could be one key in explaining differences in vocabulary and reading development, said Jessica Logan, lead author of the study and assistant professor of educational studies at The Ohio State University.

Even kids who are read only one book a day will hear about 290,000 more words by age 5 than those who don't regularly read books with a parent or caregiver.

"Kids who hear more vocabulary words are going to be better prepared to see those words in print when they enter school," said Logan, a member of Ohio State's Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy.

Jessica Logan"They are likely to pick up reading skills more quickly and easily."

The study appears online in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and will be published in a future print edition.

Logan said the idea for this research came from one of her earlier studies, which found that about one-fourth of children in a national sample were never read to and another fourth were seldom read to (once or twice weekly).

"The fact that we had so many parents who said they never or seldom read to their kids was pretty shocking to us. We wanted to figure out what that might mean for their kids," Logan said.

The researchers collaborated with the Columbus Metropolitan Library, which identified the 100 most circulated books for both board books (targeting infants and toddlers) and picture books (targeting preschoolers).

(0 A 0 April 2019) Reading_Rockwell_GrandpaReading.jpgLogan and her colleagues randomly selected 30 books from both lists and counted how many words were in each book. They found that board books contained an average of 140 words, while picture books contained an average of 228 words.

With that information, the researchers calculated how many words a child would hear from birth through his or her 5th birthday at different levels of reading. They assumed that kids would be read board books through their 3rd birthday and picture books the next two years, and that every reading session (except for one category) would include one book.

They also assumed that parents who reported never reading to their kids actually read one book to their children every other month.

Based on these calculations, here's how many words kids would have heard by the time they were 5 years old:

  • Never read to, 4,662 words
  • 1-2 times per week, 63,570 words
  • 3-5 times per week, 169,520 words
  • daily, 296,660 words
  • five books a day, 1,483,300 words.

"The word gap of more than 1 million words between children raised in a literacy-rich environment and those who were never read to is striking," Logan said.

The word gap examined in this research isn't the only type kids may face.

A controversial 1992 study suggested that children growing up in poverty hear about 30 million fewer words in conversation by age 3 than those from more privileged backgrounds. Other studies since then suggest this 30 million word gap may be much smaller or even non-existent, Logan said.

The vocabulary word gap in this study is different from the conversational word gap and may have different implications for children, she said.

"This isn't about everyday communication. The words kids hear in books are going to be much more complex, difficult words than they hear just talking to their parents and others in the home," she said.

For instance, a children's book may be about penguins in Antarctica - introducing words and concepts that are unlikely to come up in everyday conversation.

"The words kids hear from books may have special importance in learning to read," she said.

Logan said the million word gap found in this study is likely to be conservative. Parents will often talk about the book they're reading with their children or add elements if they have read the story many times.

This "extra-textual" talk will reinforce new vocabulary words that kids are hearing and may introduce even more words.

Logan's co-authors on the study were Laura Justice, professor of educational studies and director of the Crane Center at Ohio State; Leydi Johana Chaparro-Moreno, graduate student in educational studies at Ohio State; and Melike Yumuş of Başkent University in Turkey.

 

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  Instead of Plastic Easter Grass...

(0 A 0 April 2019) EasterGrass.jpgA  Reminder from  Sea Turtle Conservancy

Easter Reminder! Plastic Easter basket grass (left) lasts forever in the environment, often ending up in bird's nests and our waterways. Opt for the crinkled paper version (right). It eventually biodegrades and is much safer. Or even better, make your own re-purposed paper Easter grass so you can skip the plastic packaging all together!

And from some friends...

  • I put the Sunday newspaper comics pages through the shredder and use that for Easter Basket grass.
  • I don't use grass, I put a new beach towel in the bottom of the basket
  • I put dirt in the bottom of a basket or bucket and put rye grass seed on top. Water it and put it in the sun and you have real grass. Takes a little planning in advance to give it time to grow.

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A Million Before 5!
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  A Million Before 5!
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2nd Saturday with Guest Dogs
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  2nd Saturday with Guest Dogs
Ag History Project
Date: 08/10/2019 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Looking forward to having the Monterey Bay Dog Training Club with us. They have some great demonstrations scheduled.
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-728-5898 view all details >>
     
San Lorenzo River Adventures! Crawling Critters
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  San Lorenzo River Adventures! Crawling Critters
Coastal Watershed
Date: 04/13/2019
Details: The San Lorenzo River watershed is home to birds and bugs, fish and fungi, you and me! Explore the river ecosystem...
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Food Truck Friday
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Food Trucks A Go Go
Date: 07/13/2019 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: all
Details: Great Evening for the Whole Family! Celebrate with delicious dinner, drinks, live music and swing dancing!
Special Instructions: Dance lessons!
City: Scotts Valley Phone: (831) 247-1236 view all details >>
     
Hand in Hand Parenting
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Hand in Hand Parenting
Date: Every Su (Apr 14-May 19) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Details: The Starter Class covers the full set of tools developed by Hand In Hand Parenting to develop, maintain and repair a strong conn
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
A Million Before 5!
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Paint Poppies!
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Palace Art & Office Supply
Date: 04/13/2019 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Toaa Dallo will guide you with step-by-step instructions, making this workshop ideal for beginners and anyone who loves to creat
City: Capitola Phone: (831) 464-2700 view all details >>
     
A Million Before 5!
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Music in the Garden
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Santa Cruz Baroque Festival
Date: 05/12/2019 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: all ages welcome
Details: Our splendid treat for Mother's Day will be held in a private downtown jewel of a garden positively brimming with exotic blooms
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 459-2159 view all details >>
     
Coastal Wildflower Day
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State Park Half Moon Bay Beach
Date: 04/13/2019 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Details: Come see some glorious flowers!
City: Half Moon Bay Phone: (831) 429-1840 view all details >>
     
Drawing for the Love of Nature
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  Drawing for the Love of Nature
State Park Rancho del Oso
Date: 08/10/2019 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Discuss and practice ways to draw what you are most curious about in nature - from leaf to watershed
City: Davenport Phone: (831) 427-2288 view all details >>
     
Triple P Workshop: Helping Teens Cope With Depression
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Triple P
Date: 04/15/2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Details: Common causes and signs of depression in teens; What to do if you think your teen is depressed.
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 724-2997 x220
City: Watsonville Phone: (831) 724-2997 view all details >>
     
UCSC Community & Arts Festival
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UCSC Community & Arts Festival
Date: 04/13/2019 from 8:30am to 4:00pm
Details: Performance with comedians, a cappella choirs, jazz ensembles, dancers and more
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