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Brain Science and Parenting!
February 3, 2011
from the Editor
Brain Rules
The Top 10 Health Benefits of Kissing
Suki's Blog: Surly Beach Day

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BIG APOLOGIES! You were supposed to receive this last week!!  Some of the events have come and gone, but there are good future events and some good information to share with you, especially about science and brains!

In terms of anticipation and living up to expectations, Valentine's Day has never quite measured up to Valentine's Day in 5th grade, although a walk and a little hand-holding is quite satisfactory nowadays. 

About a week ahead some of the class decorated the classroom windows (we painted the two lower panes along the length of the classroom with hearts and cupids). The rest prepared an especially a large box for the valentines.  We received "rules" for valentines (you gave one to everyone) and mothers were recruited for the party treats. 

(Holidays) Valentine_Cake.jpgOn the big day we trooped in and deposited our valentines in the mailbox.  We had to wait all day until the last hour before school let out and then the party began!  Five of us would be picked to be "mailmen" and I do believe that's how Mrs. Gamble kept us on task.  All day long the treats were on a table with the "mailbox" in the back of the room. Nobody could ever match Raymond Anderson's mother's cakes.  This one was chocolate with white frosting and great big pink and red frosting roses  --enough roses for each of us to have one  --sort of like the one pictured here only a huge rectangular sheet.  Ice cream and soda appeared also.  Opening those cards was such fun.  They were homemade, store bought, the punch-out kind and even a few Hallmark-type cards.  From some red hots and candy hearts with messages spilled out.  We read every rhyme and puzzled over the ones that were signed "Secret Admirer", then took them home to savor. 

Such magic and innocence!  Let's keep it for our children. 

On a more serious topic, if you are interested in what science has learned about brains and parenting, you will want to attend Dr. John Medina's talk on "Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School.   You can learn more by going to his website.  It's fascinating.  It's free, but you must make a reservation.  Find out how here.

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(Event Calendar Logos) Brain_Rules.jpgThe brain is an amazing thing. Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered some important new details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know.

How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget-and so important to repeat new information? Is it true that men and women have different brains?

Find out all this and more during Dr. Medina's special presentation of Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School, Thursday, March 3rd at 7:30 pm at the Cabrillo College Performing Arts Center in Aptos.

Dr. Medina will be available to sign copies of Brain Rules and the newly-released Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five, after his presentation.

Dr. Medina promises an incisive and often hilarious presentation of what scientists really know about how our brains work-including some powerful ideas that could transform our lives, our workplaces and schools. He combines all the latest research on the brain's "performance envelope" with real-world ideas for improving the way we work and learn.

Provided free to the public as part of Gateway School's fortieth anniversary celebration, this presentation is a must-see for every community leader, parent, and teacher who wants to learn and work smarter and more productively.

Dr. Medina's appearance was paid for with donations from Gateway families. The event is a first: the collaboration of a small independent K-8 school (Gateway), the county's public schools and Cabrillo College, to promote cost-free strategies for brain-smart learning and living.


- Dr. Percy L. Abram, Head of Gateway School.

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  The Top 10 Health Benefits of Kissing

(Holidays) Valentinekiss2.jpg... have been documented in medical studies offering amazing advantages for a long and healthy life.

1. Those who kiss their partner goodbye each morning live five years longer than those who don't.

2. Kissing is great for self-esteem. It makes you feel appreciated and helps your state of mind.

3. Kissing burns calories, 2-3 calories a minute and can double your metabolic rate. Research claims that three passionate kisses a day (at least lasting 20 seconds each) will cause you to loose an entire extra pound! It's time to start that kissing diet!


4. Kissing is a known stress-reliever. Passionate kissing relieves tension, reduces negative energy and produces a sense of well being, lowering your cortisol "stress' hormone.


5. Kissing uses 30 facial muscles and it helps keep the facial muscles tight, preventing baggy cheeks! The tension in the muscles caused by a passionate kiss helps smooth the skin and increases the circulation.


6. Kissing is good for the heart, as it creates an adrenaline which causes your heart to pump more blood around your body. Frequent kissing has scientifically been proven to stabilize cardiovascular activity, decrease blood pressure and cholesterol.


7. Those who kiss quite frequently are less likely to suffer from stomach, bladder and blood infections.


8. During a kiss, natural antibiotics are secreted in the saliva. Also, the saliva contains a type of anesthetic that helps relieve pain.


9. Kissing reduces anxiety and stops the 'noise' in your mind. It increases the levels of oxytocin, an extremely calming hormone that produces a feeling of peace.


10. The endorphins produced by kissing are 200 times more powerful than morphine.

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  Suki's Blog: Surly Beach Day

(Site Photos) SukiRedHead_138.jpgYesterday I took two surly children to the beach. They clearly both needed exercise, and it was a gorgeous day. They refused to go into the forest, so I loaded them into the car with her bike (he didn't want to ride) and off we went.

I thought I may have gotten us over the hump till we got to the beach entrance kiosk. The lower parking was closed for construction so we had to park at the top of 80-some stairs down to the beach.

Surly girl was not buying this. She insisted she wanted to haul her bike down the stairs, but I knew who would end up hauling it back up. I suggested she ride in the parking lot, which was largely empty. No deal.

Surly boy and I got out. He was complaining that he hadn't wanted to come to the beach anyway, and now what were we going to do? She wouldn't get out of the car.

I led him over to the top of the stairs where there were benches to sit. We had a direct sight-line to the car, and would have hardly had to yell to be heard by her.

So he ate a snack (and thus became less surly) while I sketched the stairs, the beach, and the pier leading out into the water. I could hear her kicking the car window, and hoped she wouldn't break it. I wasn't worried about her, though. She'd get over it.

After a while I glanced over and saw a woman looking into the car with a shocked expression. >>>>>>>

 

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  Easy Valentines from "stuff" in your home and walks outside!

(Holidays) ValentineTree.jpgThis came to us from a mom of seven and is just as good for teens and adults as for young children!


Everything for making imaginative, collage valentines can be found in your kitchen, closets, sewing basket, desk, etc.  Gather it all up, place it in the center of the table and go to it! Why, you don't even need envelopes --just make the creation inside the card and write the "to" message on the outside that ordinarily would be the decorated side.

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Tissue paper: pink, red, white  ~  Paper: construction, brown paper bags, leftoever shelf paper, wrapping paper  ~  Crayons, markers, water colors, acrylic paints, chalk  ~  Glitter, stars, stickers  ~  Buttons, Beads  ~  Fabric, old jeans, old pillow case  ~  Embroidery thread, ribbons  ~  magazines ~ valentine cookie cutter  ~  cardboard valentine templates  ~  pipe cleaners  ~  ric rac

Take a walk and get some help from Mother Nature: Twigs, Red berries, Pine Cones, pods, Pebbles, drift wood ~ sea glass  ~  branches (for valentine trees)

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At this workshop, licensed educational psychologist John Aulenta will review the bell curve, and discuss the types of educational assessments and what they measure. Dr. Aulenta will relate these tests to specific learning styles and cover how test data is used to determine how students learn best.

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