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April 5, 2012


Can playing a musical instrument help you play sports?

Science Fun with Christine: You are not alone!

Suki: The Questions, The Answers

Viva: Find the Right Calendar
This Week
Origami Exhibit, Art + Math: "This will blow your mind."
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(Photos General) CaliforniaPoppy.jpgApril 6th is California Poppy Day.

Drought-resistant, ubiquitous, cheerful and beautiful! That's the California Poppy.   Gardens are bursting with poppies as are the fields and hills all over California.  Interestingly it's not illegal to pick our state flower.  With their prolific seed production, they are certainly not in any danger.  If you don't have poppies in your garden, you can gather seed pods from a friend's garden, toss them onto the soil and toss a little dirt over them. Enjoy!

Americans spent $1.5 Billion on the recent Mega Lottery.  I wonder how much Santa Cruzans spent.  Perhaps next time we could simply donate it to a local charity or spend it locally. 

Ahhh, the eternal hope that a new calendar will help us get organized.  I have found that they work well when we use them!  Viva helps us choose the one that's best for each one of us.  Suki met a questioner who posed the typical questions about home schooling in a most considerate manner.  Through her answers she reveals the inside scoop about the homeschooling lifestyle.

Thinking about Summer Camps?  Here's our Camp Calendar, and here's the A-Z Camps Directory. The Summer Camp Guide will be emailed to you next week.

This week's featured event is an Origami Art Show, not just any old origami, but Art/Mathematics Origami, guaranteed to "blow your mind."  You have heard about the Music/Math connection, well Be Natural Music shares an article on the Music/Sports connection.

We hope you had a good Spring Break.  Happy Easter!

Go to an art show or kid music performance, Parmalee

 

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  Can playing a musical instrument help you play sports?

(Photos General) BeNaturalMusic_GuitarBoy.jpgLearning how to play a musical instrument has been proven to help strengthen your brain but can it also help you to improve your game? In the article below, retired New York Yankees baseball player, Stefan Wever, explains how playing piano helped him to be a better baseball player. He explains the benefits of learning hand-eye coordination, muscle memory, concentration & focus which were skills he gained at an early age while learning how to play piano.

Not every child who learns an instrument will be drafted into major league sports but it's sure good to know that learning music can improve their athletic abilities which in turn will improve their self confidence. Improved thinking, better athletic abilities and learning a love for music, it's not often we get a three for one!

See the original article with testimonial from Stefan Wever on BeNaturalMusic.com

 

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  Science Fun with Christine: You are not alone!

(Photos General) bacteriafriendly.jpgOur Skin Ecosystem

Did you know we have a forest growing on us? Every part of our skin has bacteria. We have whole ecosystems that differ from site to site. The skin on your face has different bacteria than your belly button, which is different than your elbow. Some parts are like deserts for bacteria, while other parts are rainforests. On average, the forearm has 44 species of bacteria, while behind the ear has 19 species. Many of these are completely different from each other.

You may share bacteria species with strangers at the same bodily location. For example... continued>>>

More posts at Science Fun with Christine Cockey, scientist and mom.

 

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  Suki: The Questions, The Answers

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I had a very polite conversation today with an adult who learned that I homeschool my kids. She was curious, but respectful, and though she asked the usual set of questions, they were asked with honest curiosity and interest. Homeschoolers always get these questions, and so here they are, with my answers. If you are a non-homeschooler who finds yourself questioning a homeschooler someday, perhaps you can be as polite and positive as my questioner was today.

1. Do you have a teaching background? aka Are you a licensed teacher? aka How can you know what to teach your kids? aka Do you think you're better than a school teacher?

Notice that all the questions ask largely the same thing, but I liked her phrasing (the first one) the best. It's a natural question: I am spending my time "teaching," so am I a "teacher"?

The short answer, which I gave her, is that I was a college English teacher.

But that had nothing to do with my homeschooling, and actually has nothing to do with my qualifications to homeschool. Lots of homeschoolers were teachers-in fact, it's notable how many homeschoolers were public school teachers who didn't want to put their kids through that system. Hm. But the really important answer to this question is actually this: I don't have to be a teacher. I am teaching my kids to be learners. In this day of information overload, no one can "know" everything you need to know in order to become fully literate in our society. This is a huge change from a century ago, when there was an accepted body of knowledge that one attained in order to become literate, then an accepted body of knowledge one attained in order to become educated, and finally a deeper and narrower body of knowledge to attain in one's chosen field.

Today, the most important thing kids need to be taught is how to teach themselves what they need to know. Some teachers and schools are getting this. But most aren't. If you look at what's being taught and tested for in our schools, it's certainly not how to find the answer. What's being taught is how to know the answer, which is a whole different thing. The other thing students need to learn is how to evaluate the reams of conflicting information they will be presented with. Critical thinking skills are mandatory in this world.

Both learning how to learn and critical thinking are fundamental to what homeschooling parents do.

2. You must work hard! aka I could never do that! aka You're crazy-wouldn't you rather have a real job? aka What's the point? ... continued>>>

 

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  Viva: Find the Right Calendar

(Graphics) LemonGirl.jpgWe probably all agree that using calendars effectively can result in less time "lost" during the day, which means more time to do the things we want to do. Managing your time effectively can result in saving money, too.

For instance, if you've calendared your friends' birthdays, you can buy presents well ahead of time when you see good sales, instead of waiting until the last minute and paying full price. But even though we might agree that calendaring is worthwhile, we might not be using the best calendars for our own particular styles and preferences.

Here's a list of some of the best electronic and paper calendars around- take a look and see if one might be the right fit for you... continued>>>

Visit the Daily Citron for more frugal tips and finds.

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Mount Madonna Pre-12, Campus Tour 4/16

 

El Jardin Coop Preschool, Open House 4/17

 

Coryell Autism Center, Ages 14-22, Open House 4/25

 

Chartwell School 1-8, Helping Develop Social Skills in Students with Learning Disabilities 4/25

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf K-8, Kindergarten Open House 3/31

 

Santa Cruz Children's School K-6, Open House  5/8

 

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 Origami Exhibit, Art + Math: "This will blow your mind."

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Origami: Art + Mathematics
Apr 8-Jun 16, Tues-Sat, 11am - 3pm

An exhibit at UCSC honoring the late David Huffman, UCSC computer scientist and a pioneer of mathematical origami. Featuring several internationally known origami artists in addition to rarely seen works by Huffman.

"Origami: Art + Mathematics" is a new exhibit opening at UC Santa Cruz on April 8. The exhibit is focused on computational origami, in honor of the late UCSC computer scientist and mathematical origami pioneer David Huffman.

You may recognize some of the artists in the show from their appearance in the fantastic documentary film, "Between The Folds," which apparently inspired this new exhibit.

The exhibit features internationally known computational origami artists Robert Lang, Erik and Martin Demaine, and Brian Chan, as well as rarely seen works by Huffman and one work by the late French origami master Eric Joisel.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 8 at the Smith Gallery. Also on April 8, Lang and Erik Demaine will give two public talks with slides: a technical presentation focusing on the mathematics of origami at 12:30 p.m. in the Cowell Conference Room, and a presentation for the general public at 4:30 p.m. in the Humanities Lecture Hall.

All events are free and open to the public.

"This type of origami is not your father's origami. This is computational origami, and it will blow your mind," said Linda Pope, director and curator of the Smith Gallery... continued>>>


Location: Eloise Packard Smith Gallery, Santa Cruz

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Roaring Camp Railroads
Date: Every day (Apr 15-Apr 16)
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Game Day
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Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 1:00pm to 9:00pm
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