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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

February 21, 2019
About Presidents...

How to Set Effective Limits and Help Children Cooperate

Suki recommends...

Newborn babies have inbuilt ability to pick out words
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  About Presidents...

(0 A February 2019) PresidentsDay2019.jpgPresident's Day skipped right by me and suddenly manifested its presence when I needed to connect in person with my (closed) bank. Belatedly I support you in reflecting on the qualities we honor in our past presidents.

I believe it's easier to understand and "measure" their contributions with the advantage of the distance of time. I have observed how presidents in my lifetime reflected or did not reflect my American experience. I have seen the pendulum swing --left, center, right--  back and forth.

With the tremendous and tumultuous growth of instant news, both accurate and inaccurate, the challenge today is to look beyond the ubiquitous clamoring hype. As responsible parents we seek true facts verified by more than one source. We model striving to exercize purposeful listening and tolerance, to seek to understand each other's perspectives and to live effectively as family, neighbor, friend, community, state, and nation. It's not easy, but it is one of our roles as parents to model the practice of due diligence and to support our children as they explore ideas and develop their own opinions. This would include holding our children's schools to the standard of respectfully fostering free and open expression of ideas.

Here I am expounding on a big picture concept and you, parent, are struggling to get your children out the door --dressed, fed, backpack filled and cheerful-- to school on time. You're amazing. Treat yourself to a cuppa' with a friend!

Please share our newsletter with new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events!

Have a great weekend with family and friends!  Parmalee

 

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  How to Set Effective Limits and Help Children Cooperate

By Rachel Scholfield

(0 A February 2019) handinhandparenting.jpgLike it or not, part of everyday life as a parent is Setting Limits with our child. We naturally want to keep our kids safe, help them build respectful relationships and learn to take care of themselves. And that means we need them to do things like stop snatching toys from a friend, wash their hair, and get into the car seat. Knowing when and how to set effective limits can be a challenge.

The Need for Effective Limits Is Real But Hard

Despite the need for rules and boundaries, many of us feel at a loss or afraid we're not sure how to set effective limits with our children. This is totally understandable when we begin to consider personal histories and our strong desire to raise our children well.

I've worked with many, many parents who were brought up with harshly set limits and listened to the deep hurt that leaves. I've also worked with countless parents who had few or no limits as a child and witnessed the pain and loneliness that comes from lack of guidance.

So, with shaky templates to draw on, we might find ourselves in power struggles trying to reason with our kids, cajole and bribe them. Perhaps we become harsh and threatening, saying things we later regret.

Or we maybe we simply give up, leaving our child free to do whatever they please.

How do we help children cooperate? Thankfully, the Hand in Hand Parenting tool of Setting Limits gives us a new map. A way to set effective limits with our children that naturally foster cooperation. Read more>>>

 

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  Suki recommends...

How Reading Novels in Math Class Can Strengthen Student Engagement

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(0 A February 2019) Book_TheCuriousIncidentoftheDogintheNightime.jpgEvery January, Nashville teacher Joel Bezaire reads The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time aloud to his students. Sounds pretty standard, right? It would be - for an English class. But Bezaire teaches math. The novel is part of a unit on number sense.

While it's easy to envision using math picture books in elementary school classrooms, literature for older grades poses a bigger challenge. Can reading fit into the curriculum as the books get longer and the math gets more complex?

Bezaire thinks it can, and so does another teacher, Sam Shah, of Brooklyn. The two occupy opposite ends of the secondary math spectrum - seventh-grade pre-algebra and 12th-grade calculus, respectively - and both have found ways to strengthen student engagement through reading. Read more>>>

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(0 A February 2019) Suki_2019_180.jpgSuki's Earlier Essay: Math Stories: Fun, Deep Learning for Elementary Students

 March 14, 2017 by Suki

It started one night when my seven-year-old daughter explained to her father how you can determine the number of faces in a geometric solid from the number of points. I'd ordered a Sir Cumference book from the library on the many recommendations I'd seen, and for the fact that my daughter was obsessed with knights.

Sir Cumference was our introduction to math stories.

It didn't occur to me that this would be an efficient way to teach math. Since then, I've been on a quest for math stories.

First, a definition: What I'm calling math "stories" are books in which the story is more, or at least as important as the math it contains. I'm not confusing them with "story problems," the bane of many a standardized test-taker. A math story is a really great story that happens to contain math.

It's also a very effective way to spark interest in and understanding of math in elementary-aged kids. Read more>>>

 

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  Newborn babies have inbuilt ability to pick out words

January 29, 2019, University of Liverpool

(0 A February 2019) Caryn_2weeks.jpgNewborn babies are born with the innate skills needed to pick out words from language, a new study published in Developmental Science reveals.

Before infants can learn words, they must identify those words in continuous speech. Yet, the speech signal lacks obvious boundary markers, which poses a potential problem for language acquisition.

Studies have found that by the middle of the first year, infants seem to have solved this problem, but it is unknown if segmentation abilities are present from birth, or if they only emerge after sufficient language exposure and/or brain maturation. Read more>>>

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Kirby School 6-12, Shadow Days are Mondays

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, The Test and the Art of Thinking" 2/28


Mount Madonna PreK-12, Campus Tour 2/28


Gateway School K-8, Kindergarten Visit Day 3/2 and School Day Tour 3/5

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WPD Officers will be holding a workshop this Saturday focused on helping parents keep their kids off the streets and out of gangs.

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FREE workshop
Registration and breakfast
7:30 to 8:45 AM.
Free childcare

2019 Parent Conference
Watsonville High

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Introduction to Mindfulness: Letting Be with Kind Awareness
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  Introduction to Mindfulness: Letting Be with Kind Awareness
Library Central
Date: Every Mon (Feb 25-Apr 1) from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Details: Introduction to Mindfulness: Letting Be with Kind Awareness
Special Instructions: Register online: https://santacruzpl.libcal.com/event/5019647
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
Old Time Music Jam
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  Old Time Music Jam
Toneway Project
Date: The 4th Su of every month at 1:00pm
Details: Play, listen, dance! Ocean View Park
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Skill and Luck: Games of the Mission
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  Skill and Luck: Games of the Mission
State Park Mission
Date: 06/29/2019 at 1:00pm
Details: Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 425-5849 view all details >>
     
Coffee Talk and Crafts
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  Coffee Talk and Crafts
State Park Big Basin
Date: 06/16/2019 from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Ages: All
Details: Introduction to the park and figuring out the right trail for you!
Special Instructions: See different times
City: Boulder Creek Phone: (831) 338-8861 view all details >>
     
Film Series ~ Of the Sea
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  Film Series ~ Of the Sea
Library Friends
Date: 02/27/2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Details: What can we learn from fishermen about the ocean and our relationship to it?
City: Aptos Phone: 831-688-1074 view all details >>
     
Great Chile Cookoff!
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  Great Chile Cookoff!
Mid County Homeless Coalition
Date: 02/22/2019 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Details: Enjoy some delicious chili, friendly rivalry, and live music by Girls and Company.
City: Aptos view all details >>
     
Harry Potter, Star Wars, Disney, Marvel, Lord of the Rings & Gam
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Incredible Art Gallery
Date: Every day (Feb 22-Feb 24) from 6:00am to 9:00pm
Details: A huge exhibit of Harry Potter, Star Wars, Marvel, DC Comics, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones & Alice in Wonderland art on di
Special Instructions: Check verying closing times.
City: San Jose view all details >>
     
Bilingual Learn & Play
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  Bilingual Learn & Play
Watsonville PAL
Date: Every Th from 10:30am to 11:30am
Details: WPAL brings to you our new TODDLER PROGRAM.
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-763-4147 view all details >>
     
Teaching Children to Share
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  Teaching Children to Share
Triple P
Date: 02/28/2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Details: Tips on teaching children to share
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Symphonic Fire
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  Symphonic Fire
Santa Cruz Symphony
Date: Every day (Feb 22-Feb 24)
Ages: all
Details: Opportunity to see musicians rehearsing ahd interacting prior to a performance
Special Instructions: and The Mello on Sunday
City: Aptos view all details >>
     
Clam Chowder Cook-Off
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  Clam Chowder Cook-Off
City of Santa Cruz
Date: Every day (Feb 23-Feb 24) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Join the fun and excitement as talented Chefs from throughout the West Coast compete for the glory of the BEST CLAM CHOWDER!
Special Instructions: Each Tasting Kit Includes 6 taste tickets, spoon, cup, and a People's Choice ballot.
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
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  Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
UCSC Recreation
Date: Every day (Feb 21-Feb 24) from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Details: Ignite your passion for adventure, action & travel!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Financial Literacy Classes
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  Financial Literacy Classes
Library Central
Date: The 4th Mon of every month (Sep 24-Mar 25)
Ages: 8-18
Details: Free financial literacy classes
Special Instructions: Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
San Lorenzo River Adventures!
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  San Lorenzo River Adventures!
Coastal Watershed
Date: The 4th Sa of every month (Feb 23-Jun 22)
Details: The San Lorenzo River watershed is home to birds and bugs, fish and fungi, you and me! Explore the river ecosystem...
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
     
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