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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

December 31, 2012
Getting it Right!
First Day Hikes

Suki Recommends: Reading list for your gifted young reader age 5 or so
Suki Recommends: Books for Gifted Pre-Teen Readers

Daydreaming is Good for Our Children and Us!
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  Getting it Right!

(Photos General) Caryn_twoweeks.jpgI reached for my little 5 week old great niece and brought her close to me. She snuggled in, all warm, soft and toasty, snuffled and snorted, found just the right position and fell asleep, tiny, shallow breaths audible. As she slept she made little coos and sudden chirps I was speechless with awe, the flood of memories, and  the sweetness of the moment.

There's a reason why a baby is a symbol of a new year. In those little bodies, minds and souls is promise for another chance to get it right.  We humans have been trying to get it right for millenia.  Let's keep trying, one resolution at a time and daily, not simply for a few days in January.  I've chosen my project!  Have you?  Just one will do.

A great way to get it right is to read quality literature!  I think truly great literature for will expose children, parents and teachers to desirable behavior and admirable character.  Just think of books you like so much that you will read them over and over during your lifetime.  Suki has published lists of books for two reader/age levels and invites you to contribute to her lists. 

Do you enjoy daydreaming?  Imagining?  Thinking of "what if I ...."  That's great, because recent studies tell us it's good for us and that we should let our children have their daydreaming downtimes.

Take a hike on New Year's Day.  Our local state parks are expecting you.  It's one more way of getting it right!

Happy 2013! Parmalee

  First Day Hikes

"America's State Parks announced that all 50 state park systems will sponsor guided First Day Hike Programs on New Year's Day 2013. America's State Parks First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on January 1, 2013 at a state park. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family. Currently there are 657 First Day Hikes."

Big Basin: Coffee Talk and Crafts
New Year's Day, Tuesday, January 1, 9:30 - 12pm

Come to the Sempervirens Room next to Park Headquarters for free coffee or hot chocolate! This is a great way to start your day (and year!) in Big Basin. Docent Norm Beeson will be happy to answer your questions about the park and help get you going on the right trail. And bring the kids for a fun craft activity!

Henry Cowell: "A River Wild"
New Year's Day, Tuesday, January 1, 11am

Ttraversing old-growth Redwood and Douglas fir forests, as well as a little-visited part of the San Lorenzo River canyon along the River Trail. Take a break in the sand along the river. The 5-mile hike will be moderately paced.  Meet in front of the in front of the Mountain Parks Nature Store at the edge of the parking lot

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New Year's Day, Tuesday, January 1, 1pm
Two-hour leisurely walk to find the tracks and other "signs" animals leave. Children ages 6 and older are welcome and must be accompanied by a parent. Explorers will reconstruct the hidden lives of deer, hawks, ducks, bobcat, lizards and more, to see how they survive in our rivers, forests and grasslands. The hike is about 1.5 miles along several park trails. Meet in front of the Mountain Parks Nature.

Wilder Ranch: Hike to the old Gray Whale Property
New Year's Day, Tuesday, January 1, 9am-1pm
Docent Bill Perry will lead a 6-mile hike to explore the backcountry. The hike is moderately strenuous. Participants should bring a lunch and water and wear sturdy hiking shoes and layered clothing. Meet in the parking lot. For information, call 831-426-0505.

Natural Bridges: Tour of the Monarch Grove
New Year's Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2pm

This will be an easy stroll along the half-mile boardwalk to view the park's gently sloped, tree-filled arroyo that provides sanctuary to a population of monarch butterflies. The boardwalk is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

 

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  Suki Recommends: Reading list for your gifted young reader age 5 or so

(Books/Products) Book_CaddieWoodlawn.jpg(Photos General) SukiRedHead_138.jpgThere is a lot of understanding these days about finding appropriate books for emerging readers. An entire new genre has even sprung up for struggling older readers who want something more mature than Amelia Bedelia. But there's a problem on the other side of the spectrum for kids who read early. It's not uncommon for an early reader to reach five years old and hit a wall: a lack of books at a higher reading level that are still appropriate for a five-year-old. Even though these children may be able to read Harry Potter, they may not be ready for the Young Adult intensity of the later books in the series.

The following books have been vetted by moms with children in this age group who are voracious readers. Asterisks denote books that may have difficult content for very sensitive readers.  Go here for a list of 70 books! >>>>>

 

  Suki Recommends: Books for Gifted Pre-Teen Readers

(Books/Products) Book_EnchantedGlass.jpg(Photos General) SukiRedHead_138.jpgPre-teen gifted readers often run into a problem around the age of ten: as younger children they read everything in children's literature that they could get their hands on. By the time they reach ten years old, they're starting to run into roadblocks when looking for appropriate books. Some ten-year-olds are ready to go on to Young Adult fiction, but most aren't. Young Adult, with its focus on teens' changing bodies and questioning of their place in the world, is often inappropriate and sometimes very upsetting for "tweens" who have outgrown children's books but are looking for meaty reading to satisfy their literary cravings.

This list contains books recommended for this demographic. In general, recommended books will not contain violence described in a visceral way, though books that very sensitive readers might want to avoid are starred.   Get this list of 69 books! >>>>>

 

 
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  Daydreaming is Good for Our Children and Us!

by Annie Murphy Paul

(Photos General) Daydreaming.jpgParents and teachers expend a lot of energy getting kids to pay attention, concentrate, and focus on the task in front of them. What adults don't do, according to University of Southern California education professor Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, is teach children the value of the more diffuse mental activity that characterizes our inner lives: daydreaming, remembering, reflecting.

Yet this kind of introspection is crucial to our mental health, to our relationships, and to our emotional and moral development. And it promotes the skill parents and teachers care so much about: the capacity to focus on the world outside our heads.

Our brains have two operating systems, Immordino-Yang and her coauthors explain in an article [PDF] to be published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science. The first, which they call the "looking out system," orients our attention to the external environment, allowing us to get stuff done. The other, which they term the "looking in system," directs us inward, setting our thoughts

A lack of time to daydream may even hamper kids' capacity to pay attention when they need to.

free to wander. By scanning the brains of study subjects asked simply to rest and relax, scientists have discovered that our minds are anything but inactive in these moments. Relieved of the obligation to pay attention to what's going on around us, we engage instead with a rich internal environment: recalling the past, imagining the future, replaying recent interactions and sorting out our feelings. It's when we engage our brains' "looking in" mode, notes Immordino-Yang, that we make meaning out of the mass of experiences and information we encounter when we're "looking out."  continued>>>>>

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Science Fun with Christine

Top Science Story
of 2012

 

What is the most important scientific story of 2012? Of course in 10 years we will find that some obscure discovery will really be the most important - but we can take a guess now. It is not the Higgs Boson, or some genetic breakthrough, or all the new planets we are finding.

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I think the biggest breakthrough is the way private industry has stepped forward when governments stop funding discovery. This is a huge shift in the way some large science projects have been funded. Many of these new companies are started by people who are very technical and made large amounts of money doing very technical things. They are looking to do something very cool with their money.

Read about some of these projects >>>>>

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School Corner

Santa Cruz Children's School K-6, Open House 1/8

 

Gateway School K-8, Open House 1/8

 

Spring Hill School K-8, Kindergarten Tour 1/9

 

Chartwell School K-12, Helping Children Deal with LD Issues 1/12

 

Chartwell School K-8, Open House 1/15

 

Mount Madonna Pre-12, Campus Tour Day 1/16

 

Waldorf School K-8, Outdoor Class for Parent and Child (0-3) starts 1/30

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 Ice Skating by the Bay

Celebrate the holidays amidst the scenic coastline at Ice Skating by the Bay’s seasonal ice skating rink located in Custom House Plaza behind Portola Hotel & Spa. Skaters can spend the day in a winter wonderland right by the Bay.

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Monday - Saturday
11:00am to 10:00pm

Sunday
12:00pm to 8:00pm

HOLIDAY HOURS
Thanksgiving Day ~ 10:00am to 10:00pm
Christmas Eve ~ 11:00am-10:00pm
Christmas ~ 12:00am-8:00pm
New Year's Eve ~ 11:00am-11:00pm
New Year's Day ~ 12:00pm-8:00pm

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Adults: $12  

  • Children 12 & under: $10 Skate Rental Fee: $3

 

Guided Elephant Seal Walks Start Dec 15
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  Guided Elephant Seal Walks Start Dec 15
State Park Ano Nuevo
Date: Every day (Oct 25-Mar 31)
Ages: All: (Lots of walking)
Details: 3 mile hike over sand and sloping terrain to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Special Instructions: Dec 15 - Mar 31
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Toy Trains 2014
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MAH and The Over the Hill Gang
Date: Every day (Dec 19-Dec 28)
Ages: All
Details: What is Christmas without toy trains and this is an interactive display!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.429.1964 view all details >>
     
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A Boomer Christmas
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Saratoga History Museum
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Nov 21-Jan 25) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Details: It's a Boomer Christmas-Toys from the 1950's, 60's and 70's
City: Saratoga Phone: (408) 867-4311 view all details >>
     
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Winter Nature Day Camp
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Web of Life Field School at Camp Monte Toyon
Date: Every day (Jan 2-Jan 11) from 7:30am to 6:00pm
Ages: K-6th Grade
Details: Bring your lunch and join the WOLF School at Monte Toyon!
Special Instructions: 1.5 miles up Cathedral past the post office
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 684-0148 view all details >>
     
Union Pacific - Building America for 150 Years!
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California State Railroad Museum
Date: Every day (Sep 29-Aug 31) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Details: 150 years of railroading history!
City: Old Sacramento Phone: (916) 445-6645 view all details >>
     
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