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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

February 8, 2018
You are the best!
Valentine Rocks

A New Dinosaur!

Father and I Were Ranchers

PDCR: Plan Ahead About Limiting Choices

Fun Events!
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  You are the best!

(0 February 2018) Valentine18_HappyVDay.jpgHappy Valentine's Day to all parents, teachers and caretakers of our precious children. I see you in the parks, stores, schools churches, performances, beaches --tenderly, firmly, hopefully in all moments, joyful, teary, scary, loving, funny, thrilling. It's a challenging and rewarding ride. You are the best!

Recall the articles about some schools banning Best Friends? Here's some scientific information about how best friends connect. "Best friends' brains light up the same way. The closer the friend relationship, the more alike the neural patterns in parts of the brain governing emotional response, high-level reasoning, and the capacity to focus one's attention, according to study authors."

(0 February 2018) Park_SugarloafRidge.jpgCalifornia is one of the most beautiful western states. After beach/ocean scenery my favorite views are of the golden hills dotted with black oaks and sometimes black angus. However I discovered this photo of a beautiful ridgeline in shades of green in a state park. Picture yourselves here!

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

Enjoy Valentine time with the family!  Parmalee

  Valentine Rocks

You will need acryllic paints (cover kids with old t-shirts), little beads and jewels, pieces of ribbon, glitter, glue, whatever captures your fancy. Take a walk where you will find the perfect rocks for your projects. Back at home, settle into a Valentine Rock painting project!

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  A New Dinosaur!

(0 February 2018) Titanosaur.jpgNew species of "titanosaur' unearthed in Egypt

By Katie Langin

Africa is a hot spot for human fossil discoveries, but for dinosaurs: not so much. That's why a new dig in the Sahara Desert in Egypt is drumming up excitement among paleontologists, BBC News reports. Researchers unearthed the 80-million-year-old remains of a new species of "titanosaur"-a group of dinosaurs that includes the largest land animals known to science-and dubbed the school bus-size plant eater Mansourasaurus shahinae. The discovery, reported in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, is helping paleontologists solve long-standing mysteries about what happened in Africa at the end of the Age of Dinosaurs.

 

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  Father and I Were Ranchers

(0 February 2018) Book_FatherandIWereRanchers.jpgI was in third grade living in a small town in Connecticut when I received this book from my grandmother. It set the stage for a lifelong love of the WEST. When my husband and I and our three children ages 1, 2 1/2 and 4 visited her before traveling to live in California, she said, "I'm so sorry I gave you that book. I'm already missing you. The west beyond the Mississippi is a mystery to me." So deep were her New England roots, she added parting words, "You will return." I did, to visit, but my heart sings in the west!


"This is a gallant book-from the first sentence until the last. It is a true story, written in the first person, written without sentimentality but with extraordinary drama."-Christian Science Monitor (Christian Science Monitor)

"A most appealing book . . . Its genuineness and its simplicity will build up a large audience of enthusiastic readers."-San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco Chronicle)

"You will search long . . . To find a more disarming and refreshing account of family life than Ralph Moody has set down in Little Britches."-Chicago Sunday Tribune (Chicago Sunday Tribune)

"Ralph Moody's books should be read aloud in every family circle in America"-Sterling North (Sterling North)

"The story of the Moody family is told without embellishment in a simple, straight-forward style. It is especially suited for reading aloud as a family. The difficulties Ralph faces, the mishaps and consequences, will provoke quality discussions with middle schoolers and older students, although children as young as third grade will enjoy and benefit from the story."-Homeschooling Today (Barbara Blakey Homeschooling Today)

 
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  PDCR: Plan Ahead About Limiting Choices

(0 February 2018) VegOrFruit.jpgOffering limited choices instead of making demands can be very effective. Children often respond to choices when they will not respond to demands, especially when you follow the choice with, "You decide." Choices should be respectful and should focus attention on the needs of the situation.

Choices are directly related to responsibility. Younger children are less capable of wide responsibility, so their choices are more limited. Older children are capable of broader choices, because they can assume responsibility for the consequences of their choice.

For instance, younger children might be given the choice of going to bed now or in five minutes. Older children might be given full responsibility for choosing their bedtime, because they also take full responsibility for getting themselves up in the morning and off to school without any hassles.

Choices are also directly related to the respect for, and convenience of, others. When getting ready for school, younger children might be given the choice of putting on their shoes before we leave in 5 minutes or putting them on in the car. Older children might be given the choice of being ready in 5 minutes or riding their bike. Either way, mom has to leave in 5 minutes.

Whenever a choice is given, either alternative should be acceptable to the adult. My first try at choices was to ask my three year old, "Do you want to get ready for bed?" She didn't. Obviously, the choice I offered was beyond the need (mine and hers) for her to go to bed, and the choice I offered did not include an alternative I was willing to accept. I waited five minutes and started again by asking, "Would you like to wear your pink pajamas or your blue pajamas? You decide." She chose her blue pajamas and started putting them on.

Adding, "You decide," after a choice is very empowering. It adds emphasis to the fact that the child does have a choice.

What if they don't want either choice and want to do something else? If the something else is acceptable to you, fine. If it is not, say, "That isn't one of the choices." And, then repeat the choices and, "You decide."

Children may not have a choice about many things, such as whether or not to do their homework. Homework needs to be done, but children can be offered a choice as to when they would like to do it, such as right after school, just before dinner, or after dinner.

As with every Positive Discipline tool, it is important to remember that there isn't one tool that works for every child in every situation. That is why we offer so many Positive Discipline tools. It is also important to remember that the feeling behind what you do is as important as what you do. The key is to be kind and firm at the same time.

For more on Limited Choices, watch the video from the Sproutable Online Course for Parents of Young Children.

 

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Santa Cruz Waldorf Pre-8, Morning In the Kindergarten 2/10

Mount Madonna School PreK-12, Art & Play in the Pre & K and Friendship Day 2/14

 

Gateway School K-8, Kindergarten Assessments 2/17

 

Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Homeschool Day, 2/23

 

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Explore the San Lorenzo River Series

Every Saturday

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Learn about the birds and bugs, funghi, steelhead, stickleback, mushrooms, birds, natural history and geology.


Explore the river ecosystem led by experts, scientists and naturalists.

Every Saturday
2/3-4/21 10 - noon

San Lorenzo River.
Learn more here.

Valentine Crafts for Young Fingers!

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Thanks Pinterest!

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A Stellar Experience - Star Gazing at Quail Hollow
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  A Stellar Experience - Star Gazing at Quail Hollow
Quail Hollow Ranch
Date: 02/09/2018 from 7:00pm to 11:59pm
Details: Star gazing with the pros!
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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 >>
     
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Great Backyard Bird Count
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Audubon Society
Date: Every day (Feb 16-Feb 19) from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Details: Be a bird counter... for just 15minutes
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First Ever Girls Cub Scout Pack
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La Madrona Athletic Club
Date: 02/15/2018 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Ages: Kindergarten through 5th grade
Details: Informational Meeting Girls Cub Scout Pack
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AUTISM SPECTRUM SUPPORT GROUP
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SPIN
Date: The 2nd Tues of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Details: Meet with other parents for support, networking and information
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831)722-2800 view all details >>
     
International Migratory Bird Day
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State Park Natural Bridges
Date: 05/12/2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Details: Activities include guided bird walks, birding by ear tutorials, educational booths, workshops, native landscape designs, and kid
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 423-4609 view all details >>
     
Six Hour Contra Cruz 2018
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Traditional Dancers of Santa Cruz
Date: 02/11/2018 from 2:00pm to 9:00pm
Details: Highly recommended for families with teens and tweens!
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