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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

August 20, 2015

Back to School: Sleep... Separation Anxiety... Thriving in College...
Bedtime Stories for Young Brains

Suki: Talking About Internet Safety

Meet Nature Lovers at Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Free Live Animal Show & Birthday Celebration!
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(AAA Aug 2015) HappyHollowZoo_Hedgehog.jpgIf you have a budding naturalist in your family, this event is for you!  Congratulations and Happy 110th Birthday to the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, our gem of a museum. 

The staff has a wonderful day planned for the public including guests from Happy Hollow Zoo.  Have fun, and be sure to say "Hi" to staff and volunteers.  They deserve thanks for bringing excitement about nature to life with programs for all ages and outreach to children.

Everyone is raving about a new book for little ones that is psychologically orchestrated to put them to sleep. In my opinion, being read to or reading is a wonderful and usually calming (probably not a Grimms tale or a Stephen King novel) way to end the day for all ages. Reading is a GOOD addiction!

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Thank you for sending many new families our way. Please, drop us a line anytime and recommend us to a friend

Have a "nature" weekend with your family, Parmalee

  Back to School: Sleep... Separation Anxiety... Thriving in College...

Sleep guidelines from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute below have noted that sleep changes as we age, although there is no 'magic number' as individual sleep needs vary.

AgeRecommended Amount of Sleep
Newborns 16-18 hours a day
Preschool-aged children 11-12 hours a day
School-aged children At least 10 hours a day
Teens 9-10 hours a day
Adults (including the elderly) 7-8 hours a day

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Why School Should Start Later in the Morning

(AAA Aug 2015) Teen_Dreaming2.jpgThe CDC weighs in: Early class times are taking a toll on adolescents' health and academic performance.

For the first time, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging education policymakers to start middle- and high-school classes later in the morning. The idea is to improve the odds of adolescents getting sufficient sleep so they can thrive both physically and academically.

The CDC's recommendations come a year after the American Academy of Pediatrics urged schools to adjust start times so more kids would get the recommended 8.5 to 9.5 hours of nightly rest. Both the CDC and the pediatricians' group cited significant risks that come with lack of sleep, including higher rates of obesity and depression and motor-vehicle accidents among teens as well as an overall lower quality of life. Read more>>>>>

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Separation Anxiety: One Family's Creative Solution

by Chris Thomas

(AAA Aug 2015) SeparationAnxietyArtbyJosiePortillo.jpgWhen his son experienced a bout of separation anxiety, Chris Thomas dreamed up simple and smart school-day strategies.

"My tummy hurts." Anthony's voice came from the back of the car as I pulled up in front of the school. In the rearview mirror, I could see my second grader staring back at me with eyes that said, "I'm not ready to face the world inside those hallways today, Dad."

This wasn't an unfamiliar occurrence; in fact, it was becoming a regular event. What was curious, though, was that my 7-year-old son's change in attitude seemed to happen overnight.  Read more>>>>

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How to Thrive in College, A rising sophomore tells it like it is

by Rob Hevia

There is no other setting quite like the college campus, where thousands or even tens of thousands of young adults live, study, work and play in one place. There are no kids around (usually), and except for faculty and staff, there are no adults. Contrary to what many parents think, the formula for an all-around successful college career goes far beyond academics and financial planning.  Continue reading for 7 key tips>>>>>

  Bedtime Stories for Young Brains

By Perri Klass, M.D.

(AAA Aug 2015) CarynReading.jpgA little more than a year ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement saying that all pediatric primary care should include literacy promotion, starting at birth...  But while we know that reading to a young child is associated with good outcomes, there is only limited understanding of what the mechanism might be. Two new studies examine the unexpectedly complex interactions that happen when you put a small child on your lap and open a picture book.  Read more>>>>

 

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  Suki: Talking About Internet Safety

(AAA_Feb 2015) Suki2015.jpgTonight my husband and I initiated a discussion after dinner that neither of our children wanted to take part in. The topic was how people might take advantage of you or hurt you online.

The kids got a little uncomfortable, to say the least.

These days, teaching our kids to watch all directions when they're online is as important as teaching them to cross a street safely.

These days, teaching our kids to watch all directions when they're online is as important as teaching them to cross a street safely.

Our kids start with a pretty serious disadvantage in the "you stupid old fogies don't know what you're talking about" department. As I pointed out to them, I got flamed on the Internet before it was called the Internet. Their father was amongst the first Americans to visit the World Wide Web.

We're not newbies. We're not teetotalers warning their kids against the danger of intoxication.

This is such an important conversation. The world that our kids are growing up in bears so little resemblance to the world we grew up in, it's pretty much unprecedented. The only analogous situation I can think of is parents who grew up in peacetime raising kids in a war zone. Read more >>>>>>>

 

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  Meet Nature Lovers at Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

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Their paths leading to working at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History you are inspiring.  If you have a budding naturalist, bring them to meet these fine role models.

Heather Moffat, Executive Director

Heather grew up dreaming of becoming a kindergarten teacher but a college course in dinosaurs changed her career path. She pursued her fascination of paleontology, earning a B.S. in geology from Smith College and two M.S. degrees from University of Southern California and University of Rochester. While in graduate school, she rediscovered her love of teaching and realized she could combine her two passions of education and the natural world through museum education.  She became the first Director of Education for the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, designing their science education programs to inspire appreciation of the natural world. Following her six years at the Alf Museum, Heather became the Director of Education and Exhibits for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and its Sea Center. During her eight-year tenure in Santa Barbara, she realigned the Museum's guiding principles to focus on anchoring their educational programs in nature and led the effort to create experiential learning spaces in their indoor and outdoor areas. In mid-February 2015, Heather joined our Museum as our new Executive Director. She is thrilled to lead the Museum at this exciting time in its history.

Elizabeth Evans, Museum Program Manager

(AAA Aug 2015) SCMusNatHist_Sketching.jpgElizabeth fell in love with nature as a child on family backpacking trips in the High Sierra. A native of California's San Joaquin Valley, and graduate of College of the Sequoias (A.A. Fine Art) and UC Santa Cruz (B.S. Earth Science), she joined the Museum staff in 2014. Elizabeth worked as an interpretive park ranger in five of California's national parks, as an environmental education ranger for the San Francisco District of the US Army Corps of Engineers, and taught Science and Art as a middle school teacher in rural Tulare County. She spent the last four years managing programs for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks' Division of Interpretation, Education, and Outreach. Elizabeth is excited about engaging people of all ages with the rich natural history of the Santa Cruz area.

 

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August

in the Parks

A-Z Camps

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If you can't have fun with physics ...
... you aren't a very fun person!

Saturday, Sept 12
10am / 1pm
Sunday, Sept 13
10am, 1pm, 3:30pm

thephysicsshow.com

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Guitar &

African Drumming

Small Group Lessons

with Ron Dunn

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Weekly July 6 - Aug. 12

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Enter a contest at the Santa Cruz County Fair! 

Show off your best! 

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Online Entry Deadline August 22,  11:59pm, due on August 30 by 5pm

Entries and entry forms

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 Free Live Animal Show & Birthday Celebration!

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Join us for a fun day of live animal presentations, nature-related arts & crafts, and delicious birthday treats!
8/22 from 10:30am to 2:00pm
Don't miss the live animal show at 11:00am!

(AAA Aug 2015) SCMuseumNatHist_-birthday-whale.jpgThe Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is proud to be the oldest museum in our region.  This August, we will celebrate 110 years of connecting people with the wonders of the natural world. 

Our 110th Birthday Celebration will feature a live animal presentation by Happy Hollow Zoo, fun nature-related arts & crafts, and delicious birthday treats!

10:30-11am Native Plant Walk

(AAA Aug 2015) HappyHollowZoo_Hedgehog.jpg11am-12pm Go Wild! Live animal show with Happy Hollow Zoo

12:30-1pm Native Plant Walk

11am-2pm Activity Stations, History Demonstrations, and Nature Crafts for Kids


Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural His, 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz

Back to School Basics Tour
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Whole Foods Market
Date: 08/22/2015 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Details: Back to School Basics Store Tour
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Tequila & Taco Music Festival
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Tequila & Taco Music Festival
Date: Every day (Aug 27-Aug 28) from 11:00am to 5:30pm
Details: Gourmet Tacos
Special Instructions: Children under 12 free
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Natural History for Us!
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Summer Gathering of Mountain Men
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Roaring Camp
Date: Every day (Aug 20-Aug 21)
Details: Live history! Visit Roaring Camp's summer gathering of wild and woolly mountain men.
City: Felton Phone: (831)335-4484 view all details >>
     
A Lean Lunchbox
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Whole Foods Market Capitola
Date: 08/23/2015 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Details: Healthy Lunch Ideas for All Ages
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Bird Walk
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State Park Henry Cowell
Date: 03/26/2017 at 8:00am
Details: A Walk in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with a Park Naturalist
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