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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

August 10, 2017
Where is it?

Ask Nicole: Preparing for a New School Year

Ravens are Smarter Than Human Children
Canuck and I

Christine: How Ancient Roman Concrete Works
First Entry Deadlines Near for County Fair
Ask Nicole: continued
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  Where is it?

(0 Aug 2017) Globe2.jpgOh joy! Geography, history, cursive, music, art, spelling, literature, composition, recess, friends, math, science, gym, grammar, teachers --all await the children, and us parents, when school starts up.

Too many Americans, after 12 years of schooling, don't know elementary geography.

You do have a globe at home, right?

Parents and teachers, would you like to listen to local educators who think "out of the box" when working with children. If so, go to the TedX talks at Rio Theatre next Monday, Aug. 14!

Why is it good to know about ancient Rome's formula for making concrete?  Well.... it just might have implications for communities bordering oceans.  Christine has the scoop on recent findings.

Along with back to school season comes the fabulous Santa Cruz County Fair! Get ready with your entries.

I am amazed and delighted by the unique bonds formed between humans and animals and also (0 Aug 2017) canuck-the-crow-and-steve-bergman.jpgbetween different species of animals. Their uninhibited antics entertain us. My brothers and I had a mischievous crow in our childhood. He woke us up in the morning, went to school with us and collected shiny treasures. Two crow stories caught my attention. One article on crow intelligence is fun and informative. Finding a movie about a crow whose best friend is a human amused me. I hope you enjoy both.

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Have a great summer weekend with the family!  Parmalee

 

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  Ask Nicole: Preparing for a New School Year

By Nicole M. Young, MSW, Triple P - Positive Parenting Program


I've been out of school for decades, but I still have a recurring dream where it's the first day of school and I can't find my locker. Everyone else is laughing, talking, and putting their books away, while I stand by feeling panicked. Eventually, I find my locker but can't remember the combination to open the lock. At least I'm wearing pants in this dream.


I loved school in real life, but I remember starting every year feeling nervous and excited. Will I like my teacher? Will I have the same friends? Will the homework be too hard? I see my kids begin each school year with the same nervous energy. The nervousness always wears off after awhile, and they do just fine in school. I know it's not that way for every child, though, which can make life feel like a recurring bad dream. This monthly column provides tips for anyone who is raising children, based on the world-renowned Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, available to families in Santa Cruz County. If you have a question or idea for a future column, please email me at triplep@first5scc.org

Dear Nicole, Last year, my 7-year old son got into trouble almost every day for being disruptive and not following his teacher's directions and classroom rules. It was stressful for everyone, and it became a battle to get my son to go to school. I'm teaching him to listen and follow rules at home, and it's getting better. But I'm worried his new teacher has heard stories and already decided my son is a trouble-maker. What can I do to make this school year go better?  Hector

Dear Hector, I'm glad you've reached out and asked for suggestions...read more>>>

 

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  Ravens are Smarter Than Human Children

The way they plan for the future provides insight into the evolutionary history of intelligence.

By Dan Robitzski

(0 Aug 2017) Crow_Hook.jpgIt turns out that ravens are, in some ways, more intelligent that humans.

Research published Friday in Science made this claim based on studies following ravens not only collecting food with handmade tools like their crow brethren but also planning for their future and bartering for resources.

What astounded researchers was ravens' ability to delay instant gratification. You may have seen a a cute video of tots recreating a classic psychology experiment where they can either eat a marshmallow right away or hold off for a few minutes and receive a second marshmallow as a reward. Most of them can't help themselves. But ravens, a member of the corvid family of birds, succeed at a delayed gratification task 73 percent of the time.

"Even children - and sometimes adult humans - have self-control problems," Can Kabadayi, the cognitive scientist from Sweden's Lund University who ran the experiments, told Inverse. His paper, published Friday in Science, ran ravens through rigorous tests to figure out their cognitive capabilities. Read more>>>

  Canuck and I

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Meet Canuck - a wild crow who formed an unlikely bond with his human friend, Shawn.

The mischievous crow has captured the hearts of Vancouverites and garnered global attention through his antics.

You can follow the adventures of Canuck on Facebook.

 
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  Christine: How Ancient Roman Concrete Works

(0 July 2017) RomanConcrete_Old_concrete_work_at_the_Palatine_Height_Rome.jpgAncient Roman concrete is amazing stuff.  I already blogged about the rediscovery of the 2000-year-old recipe the Romans used to make concrete. Now scientists believe they have found why the mixture worked so well.

Two millenia ago, the Romans were building amazing stuff. They have gone down in history as some of the best engineers in the history of the world. Many of their designs and recipes were lost during the dark ages. Modern engineers have been fascinated with their marine concrete. The Romans build concrete breakwaters around some of their ports. These breakwaters were designed to mitigate large waves and serve as anchorages for ships. Modern-day concrete breakwaters last 20-50 years. The Roman breakwaters are still doing their job after 2000 years.

Now that we know the recipe for the concrete, why does it work so well?  We know the answer. The Romans broke all the rules that govern modern-day building by creating a concrete that interacts with saltwater. Read more>>>

  First Entry Deadlines Near for County Fair

(0 Aug 2017) Fair_2017-Vertical.jpgFour of the many departments at the annual Santa Cruz County Fair have deadlines on August 12: Homebrew, Livestock, Poultry and Poetry.

Visit the Fair's website for entry details and forms.

The Santa Cruz County Fair celebrates the rich agricultural history of our community and people, and invests heavily in bringing this heritage to our youth.

The 2017 Fair will be held September 13 - 17 at the Fairgrounds located on Highway 152 just east of Watsonville.

Information on the Fair  can be found at santacruzcountyfair.com

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Fern Creek and Western Garden Railroad

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Open Garden

Our little railroad will have lots of trains running and we will be featuring the start of our new logging branch line.

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The many scenic points and constant flow of trains on the FC&W is sure amaze people old to young. We hope to see you there!

Sunday, Aug 13, 11-4

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Whales in Our Watershed

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Marine biologist and naturalist Dorris Welch, co-owner of Sanctuary Cruises, dives into the natural history of the whales that frequent Monterey Bay, and discusses  her encounters with the marine giants that live just beyond our estuary.

Elkhorn Slough
1700 Elkhorn Rd
Watsonville

Thursday, Aug 10 6-7
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FREE Daily Entertainment
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Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every day (Jun 19-Aug 18) from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: All
Details: FREE Daily Entertainment June 20 - August 14, Noon - 6pm
Special Instructions: FREE shows noon - 6pm
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-423-2053 view all details >>
     
"Nice Work If You Can Get It"
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  "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
Cabrillo Theater
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Nov 4-Nov 19)
Details: A heartwarming performance of a classic!
Special Instructions: Friday and Saturday Evenings 7:30pm Sunday Matinees 2:00pm
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 479-6154 view all details >>
     
Bug Fair
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  Bug Fair
San Francisco Zoo
Date: 08/12/2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Details: Come learn about bugs and why they are crucial components of our ecosystems at San Francisco Zoo's Bug Fair
City: San Francisco view all details >>
     
Mountainfilm on Tour Santa Cruz
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  Mountainfilm on Tour Santa Cruz
Rio Theater
Date: 11/11/2017 at 7:00pm
Details: A selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and incredibly inspiring documentary films
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
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  New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
Musical Me, Inc. Offers Music Together
Date: The 3rd Tues of every month from 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Ages: birth - 12months
Details: Join us every 3rd Tuesday for our "New Mommy Musical Meet-Up"!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 438-3514 view all details >>
     
Beer Festival
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California Beer Festival
Date: Every day (Aug 11-Aug 13) from 12:30pm to 5:00pm
Details: Craft beers Fri & Sat -for parents of course! Sunday offers family fun with entertainment!
City: Aptos view all details >>
     
Code Combat Club
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  Code Combat Club
Library Scotts Valley
Date: Every Wed (Sep 13-Dec 13) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Details: Learn basic coding skills easily
City: Scotts Valley view all details >>
     
Secret Garden Storytime en espanol
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Library Santa Cruz
Date: 08/14/2017 at 5:30pm
Details: Spanish Storytime
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Second Saturday on the Farm
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Ag History Project
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-728-5898 view all details >>
     
87th Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition
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  87th Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition
Santa Cruz Art League
Date: Every day (Aug 11-Sep 10)
Details: California's foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions by California artists
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 426-5787 view all details >>
     
Transition Time
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Life on the Ranch: Family Living History Day
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Date: 08/12/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Experience the Victorian era!
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 426-0505 view all details >>
     
Young Eagles - Kids Fly Free
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Young Eagles
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 8 yrs - 17 yrs
Details: Kds fly free EAA airplane rides, on the first Saturday of every month between January and April and then again between September
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-531-8440 view all details >>
     
Transition Time
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Date:
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  Ask Nicole: continued

Dear Hector, Behavior problems at school can be stressful for children, parents, teachers, and administrators. The more that parents and teachers can work as a team, the more it benefits all children in the classroom. Here are some tips to try:


Identify the causes of the disruptive behaviors. Children "act out" at school for different reasons. Some children break rules because they are unclear or unrealistic. Other children become disruptive because they're bored, tired, hungry, want to make their peers laugh, or find it's an effective way to get the teacher's attention. Disruptive behaviors can also be a sign of learning difficulties, mental health issues, or conflict with friends or family. Think back to last year to see if any of these issues might have contributed to your son's behaviors. This can lead to ideas for preventing or handling similar situations this year.

Talk with your child about the new school year. Ask how he's feeling about school, what he's looking forward to, and what he's wondering or worrying about. Then ask how he'd like this year to be different from last year. Talk about the importance of following rules at school - just like at home - so that everyone has a chance to learn. Help him set at least one goal for something to improve on this year, such as following his teacher's directions, and have him identify steps he can take to meet that goal. Agree on a practical yet motivating reward he can earn for achieving his goal, such as a special activity with you, an extra 15-minutes of screen
time, or a new book.

Establish a good relationship with the teacher. Request a meeting with your child's teacher as soon as possible. Explain you'd like to work as a team to make the school year a positive experience for everyone. Briefly describe the previous year's challenges, potential causes of the disruptive behaviors, and your son's goals for the new year. Let the teacher know your son is working on listening and following directions, and share your approaches for encouraging positive behaviors and handling challenging behaviors that work well at home. Ask the teacher about the classroom rules and how disruptive behaviors are handled. Find out what you can do
to support the teacher's efforts to help your son learn and succeed in school. If you think your son has a learning disability or could use extra social-emotional support, ask about resources the school or district can offer.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Starting a new school year creates anxiety for many children and families, especially if school has been difficult in the past. Treat each year as a fresh start and build the communication and relationships that will help you, your child and your child's teacher work as
a team through both the fun and challenging times.

Nicole Young is the mother of two children, ages 13 and 17, who manages Santa Cruz County's Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, the world's leading positive parenting program. Scientifically proven, Triple P is made available locally by First 5 Santa Cruz County, the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency (Mental Health Services Act) and the Santa Cruz County Human Services Department. To find a Triple P parenting class or practitioner, visit http://triplep.first5scc.org, facebook.com/triplepscc or contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at 465-2217 or triplep@first5scc.org.

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