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August 24, 2012

Education, the Real World, and the Millennials
These Fine Schools Have A Few Spaces in Some Classes: Call them!
Suki: Homeschooling, the Way We Do It

Viva: Travel Tip Saves $10/Day
Science Fun with Christine: Let's Talk About Seawater!
Getting Students Off to a Good Start
Lunch!
Positive Discipline Classes for 2012-13
The Power of Touch
This Week
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(Graphics) Moving.jpgOh yes, we're late with this week's newsletter!  This was one of those weeks!  I moved.  The office moved.  The new internet connection was NOT available even though pre-ordered etc. and it was no one's "fault".  We just had to keep after all the little threads until we found out what the glitch was, rather like unraveling a mystery.  We shall have our own connection in another week, sigh...

So here we sit completing the newsletter at Cruzio's guest workspace with their super fast internet connection.  It's sweet!   I confess I'm itching to simply can some tomatoes and putter around organizing the house.

Families are getting ready for school next week and still finding pleasure in the best days of summer.  The children want to go back to school, in fact everyone in the family welcomes the return to a routine.

What's your daily hug quota?  Your children's?  According to a study, you cannot overdose on giving or receiving hugs!  Got a grouchy child, teenager, husband, wife, partner?  Try a hug or two, or more!

We selected a provocative opinion piece on education, Education, the Real World, and the Millennials, as food for thought!  What do you think!?

Have a fun weekend, Parmalee

  Education, the Real World, and the Millennials

Our education system seems to do more to create unrealistic beliefs than to impart knowledge and skills to students.

By Mary Grabar

It's always interesting to see how educational policies play out in the real world, especially when complaints come from a 32-year-old Generation X-er, like Mayra Jimenez, co-founder of the designer swimwear company, The Orchid Boutique. In a recent article in Inc., she listed five "rants" about the lack of work ethic among her slightly younger employees, the under-30 "Millennials."

Education bureaucrats tout preparing workers for the "21st century global economy." But instead of helping students improve their knowledge and skill levels, their policies seem to do more to prolong adolescence and lead to the very behaviors that Ms. Jimenez "rants" about. 

Here are Ms. Jimenez's five rants followed by my observations:  Read on at The John William Pope Center.

  These Fine Schools Have A Few Spaces in Some Classes: Call them!
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  Suki: Homeschooling, the Way We Do It

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Until recently, pretty much every mention I found of homeschooling in the mainstream press looked nothing like what we do at our house. Or nothing like people I know do at their houses. And definitely not like what the homeschoolers I know do when they're out of the house, which is in general a significant piece of their time. According to the popular press, we were separatist religious fanatics or hippies raising our children like wolves.

Recently, however, I've seen a few pinpoints of light out there in the dismal mainstream world. Two of them come from Quinn Cummings, who is apparently famous as a child actor (since I ignore popular culture her name was meaningless to me!). Her message, however, was the one I'd been hoping to see in the popular press: Homeschoolers are choosing a valid form of education that is different from school, but most of us are neither separatist religious fanatics nor hippies raising our children like wolves.

Cummings has put out a book, which I haven't read, and in the process of publicizing it she has made us rather invisible homeschoolers more visible. In the Wall Street Journal, she not only presents her own reason for homeschooling but also gives people a sense of what is a much more important thing in homeschooling: the hybrid ways of learning that most of our kids are involved in. On the Diane Rehm Show, she necessarily had to stay more personal, but she pushed back nice and hard against the really yawn-inducing questions (as far as homeschoolers are concerned) of socialization and how well former homeschoolers integrate with other kids.

Today EdWeek, an education industry publication, published "Hybrid Homeschools Gaining Traction," a story about homeschooling that is much more familiar to me and the other homeschoolers I know...  Continue>>>

 

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  Viva: Travel Tip Saves $10/Day

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My daughter and I just returned from visiting my wonderful grandmother and her side of the family on the East Coast, and we tried out a new money-saving travel strategy: we packed our breakfasts so that we never had to eat out in the morning.  It was an 8-day trip, and here's what we packed for breakfast in our carry-on luggage:

  • 16 packets of instant oatmeal (various flavors)
  • 8 tea bags (for me)
  • 1 Ziploc baggie of Ovaltine (for my daughter)

That's it! Every morning, we prepared the oatmeal by mixing it with hot water, and I had a cup of tea and my daughter had a cup of Ovaltine.  The only thing we bought was milk, for the Ovaltine.  Well, I did borrow sugar from my fabulous cousin we were staying with, but next time I'll remember to bring my own.  And for full disclosure, we did end up trading breakfasts a couple times- my cousin's kids ate the oatmeal we brought, and we had their cereal.

The breakfast food only took up a small amount of space in our luggage (about the size of one athletic shoe) and we were still able to fit all of our clothes and other items in our carry-ons so that we didn't need to check any bags.  You might be wondering if it was insanely boring to eat the same thing over and over again.... read more>>>

Visit Viva at the Daily Citron for more frugal tips and finds.

  Science Fun with Christine: Let's Talk About Seawater!

(Graphics) WorldOceanSalinityMap.jpgSeawater is pretty boring stuff, right? Salt and water. How complicated is that?

Seawater is actually fascinating stuff.


First of all, seawater is salt water, but not just table salt - sodium chloride. In chemistry, the word 'salt' means a combination of an acid and a base. So saltwater has other 'salts' like calcium chloride. It also has sulfurous salts like potassium sulfate, calcium sulfate, and magnesium sulfate. The salinity (saltiness) of the ocean is not the same in all places. In the map, red is...continued>>>

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

  Getting Students Off to a Good Start

Any of you with children or grandchildren starting off a new school year know that adults can play a major role in helping the routine start smoothly by preparing their children for the rigors of homework and classwork.

For first-time students it's important to make sure all the proper immunizations have been given.

For students of all ages there are certain basic areas where parents can play a role in supporting school achievement throughout the year. This is a good checklist to repeat for children of all ages:

Breakfast: Children should begin each day with a good breakfast, and then have snacks and other meals at regular times. This helps small bodies adjust and react at maximum capacity.

Schedules: Children should know their parents' or caretakers' schedules at home and on the job. This helps establish a sense of time, but also reassures children about consistency and order.

Reading: Children should be read to every day that's possible. Newspapers, short stories, books, and poetry can all be the basis of enjoyable shared experiences.

Homework: If possible, a specific time each day should be set aside for homework. Children should know that homework is a number one priority but should also be granted flexibility if soccer practice or band tryouts fall during homework time. Together set a new time for that day.  The adults in a child's life should resist the temptation to do a children's homework for them, but it's important that children know an adult, serving as a "consultant," is available for help. If children seem to be asking for help because they want someone else to do the thinking, a good response is: "I think you can figure this out on your own. You try first."


Tests: When children are studying for a test, they should be discouraged from "cramming" the night before. Instead, children could be asked to bring a textbook home every other night and teach you what they have learned in school. These discussions could be held at the dinner table for everyone's benefit.
When children are preparing for a test, help them avoid panic. Advise them to study one section at a time. Encourage a good night's sleep and a nutritious meal before the test.

If children are procrastinators and seem to do everything but homework, it might help to set up a reward system. Also, let children take homework breaks every half hour to refresh their minds.

A tape recorder is a great study aid for children whose parents are short on time. One technique is to record a definition or question on the tape, pause for about five seconds, and then record the answer. Children can then play the tape, have a chance to test their knowledge, and get immediate feedback.

If children are having trouble with an assignment, be careful not to criticize. Find out what the problem is and try to help solve it.

The most important point for adults to remember, at all times, is that their positive attitude toward homework, teachers, and school can have great influence on a child's success. That's the bottom line for all of us, and reaps great rewards in the future.

  Lunch!

Here's what you can do to help your child choose a healthy lunch when they're buying:

  1. Feed them breakfast. If their stomach is growling in homeroom, they'll be more likely to load up at the vending machines. If you don't have time to feed them a home cooked breakfast, try natural peanut butter on a whole wheat bagel and an apple, or a smoothie with soymilk, frozen bananas and peanut butter. 
     
  2. Talk to your child about vending machine, a lá carte, and school store choices. Help them to realize that it's ok to like candy and fast food, but that doesn't mean they should be an everyday treat.
     
  3. Lead by example. This may be the most effective way to teach anyone anything, albeit the most difficult. The next time you're out to eat with your child, explain why you choose to order the garden burger instead of the hamburger with cheese, or the chicken salad instead of the fried chicken. Kids are sponges-use it to your (and their) advantage.
     
  4. Discuss the cafeteria menu with your child, preferably before you're rushing out the door in the morning. You can help them learn which options are healthier, and talk about the importance of fruits and vegetables. If they don't like what's on the menu, then they'll have time to pack instead. 
     
  5. If you are unhappy with your child's school menu options, talk to the school lunch coordinator. Many cafeteria menu makeovers started with just one parent. If you'd like more information about healthy lunch activism, visit PCRM's school lunch website at www.HealthySchoolLunches.org
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  Positive Discipline Classes for 2012-13

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These Positive Discipline classes are for parents with children 0-5 and parents with children 5-12 in both English and Spanish.  These are valuable opportunities for parents to recharge their parenting batteries with fresh ideas and strategies! Parents will walk away with a better understanding of how children learn and what motivates them as well as concrete ideas and strategies to parent with kindness and firmness at the same time!

Parents are saying: "Lowering aggression has had a nice trickle down on the kids & allowed us to reach our goal of having a more peaceful home."  ~  "Being kind but firm helps me to hold onto my own emotions instead of flipping my lid, but also allows space for good boundaries."  ~  "My days with my daughter have been so much more pleasant and less stressful since I began taking this class."

  The Power of Touch

by Maren Schmidt, M.Ed.

(Photos General) FreeHugs.jpgWe all need a certain amount of attention from others to thrive and survive. The late Virginia Satir, a family therapist, said that we need four hugs a day to survive, eight hugs per day to stay at a strong emotional level and twelve a day to grow.


Unfortunately in our busy world, the time to hug and be hugged seems to be in short supply. Kids are funny in a strange kind of way. Children will do whatever is necessary to get the attention they need to survive. They'll get our attention, either positively or negatively, by either constructive or antagonistic actions. In their unconscious need for attention, I've seen siblings fighting and name calling, in a contest for their parents' attention. Having mom or dad yell at you, spank you, or send you to your room fulfills a deep need for attention, in a powerful, yet negative way... Read more>>>

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Discover the excitement of outrigger canoe racing, taste of the tropics- fresh flower leis, Hawaiian shaved ice, Maori face paint...


Sunday, Aug. 26, 9am Races ~ 11am Festival


Designed especially for new and novice paddlers, the Celebrity races are a chance to discover the excitement of outrigger canoe racing. Join the fun or cheer for friends in the race.

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