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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

January 30, 2014
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The Changing Nature of School Recess

Christine : Fevers Can Be Good
Suki: Getting Body, Heart and Soul Back
Lorraine: Stop Doing For Others What They Can Do For Themselves
This Week
Quail Hollow Ranch: A Child's Victorian Tea Party
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(Photos General) Playworks-Handson.jpg Did parents generations ago know that children needed and benefitted from physical exercize? Of course! Did we parents play hard at three recesses per school day "back when" and then re-engage in classroom learning with a clear mind? Did our parents send us out to play as a way of helping us behave better indoors?  Do we learn from what went before us or must we keep re-inventing the wheel?  In case we lost some skills along (Photos General) SchoolYard_WinslowHomer.jpgthe way, there are now programs and classes on games for recess.  In this newsletter are two approaches from Playworks via The Santa Cruz Education Foundation and from Discovery Learning Center.  On the weekend, take advantage of the nice weather and take a hike!

I met an energetic two year old who was very bright, very verbal, full of energy, extremely strong-willed, way out of control, or should I say very much in control of both parents, and still going strong at 11pm.  His mom told me that he would grow out of the terrible twos in a couple of months and then things would be better. Oh dear, I hope they figure out that they need some parenting support classes like we have in Santa Cruz County!  Sundays we can listen to Mister Mom on the radio; check him out!

Calling all Girl Scout cookie sellers! If you are selling cookies, please tell us where you will be and when and/or how to get hold of you to purchase some tasty treats. Don't forget to include which city you are in.  Just post your information in our Classifieds.

Go play!   Parmalee

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  The Changing Nature of School Recess

Article from The Santa Cruz Education Foundation

Playworks: Using the power of play to create a positive school climate

(Photos General) Playworks_hoops.jpgRecess isn't necessarily fun and games for all children. But it can be. Ask any teacher or principal and they'll tell you that social problems in the classroom often begin on the playground. They'll also tell you that kids who move, run and play at recess are better able to focus while at their desks. How does a school harness those dynamics? Using Playworks.

Playworks was founded in Oakland, CA by Jill Vialet, a former school principal who "lamented that it [recess] had become the most chaotic period of the school day, with kids getting hurt, getting into trouble and getting left out." Playworks strives to foster recess where "kids play hard, cheer loud and high five with joy. And they carry a feeling of empowerment and belonging with them into their classrooms, back to their neighborhoods and out into the world."

First introduced to our schools through parent Rebecca London, a member of the Santa Cruz City Schools Wellness Committee, the program has been piloted at Bay View elementary for two years. After the district sponsored an initial training for play coaches, Principal Mary Anne Robb launched the program along with a flip in recess timing - scheduling play before lunch. Together, the twin efforts led to more inclusive play, more students physically active during recess, fewer playground conflicts, and an impressive drop in classroom discipline issues.

The Santa Cruz Education Foundation, seeking to expand these benefits to all of our elementary schools, recently hosted a series of trainings with Playworks staff open to  yard duty staff, teachers, parent volunteers, and after school care providers. School board members, district staff, and Foundation board members also sat in on the dynamic sessions led by Bill Vanark, Director of Program Resource and Development at Playworks.

The core values of Playworks are respect, inclusion, healthy play and healthy communities. But the magic is in using a gentle touch to bring back the joy of play to the school day. Playworks coaches facilitate recess games, but give students room to exercise their innate leadership. Conflicts are resolved using the familiar, but effective, RoShamBo, also known as Rock, Paper, Scissors. Bullying diminishes as students are welcomed into games and develop a sense of belonging.

To learn more about the why and how of Playworks, please visit their website

 

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  Christine : Fevers Can Be Good

(Graphics) FluvirusH5N1.jpgDoctors have always known that fevers can be beneficial. As long as the fever doesn't get life-threateningly high, they are our bodies' way to kill off bad bacteria or viruses. Taking medicine that reduces fevers can prolong illness. Now researchers in a newly published study have calculated that reducing fevers can cause more deaths from flu as well as more flu cases.

A common belief is that if you have a fever, you are contagious. This is generally true, however; taking medicine to reduce the fever doesn't reduce the contagion. The contagion is reduced when the fever reduces naturally. This means our body doesn't need it to kill off bad stuff. According to recent research, there may be 5% more flu cases due to fever reducing medicines. The disease will also last longer since the virus isn't being killed off as fast as it could be.

So the bottom line is to let the fever ride unless it gets dangerous. Let the fever run in your kids. With my little guy, I let fevers go as long as they are below 102 degrees F (39 degrees C). I try to treat with a bath or shower first. If the fever rises too high, I treat aggressively with medicines. Talk to your pediatrician and get specific recommendations for your child. Our bodies are designed to fight off most infections, as long as we get out of the way. 


http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/article/fever-reducing-meds-may-help-spread-the-flu/

http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/281/1778/20132570

Christine is a local mom and scientist.  You can read more of Christine's science explanations here!

  Suki: Getting Body, Heart and Soul Back

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I was explaining to another mom recently about how I felt now that my kids are older, and I have gone through the process of getting my body back (not having a kid hanging on me all the time) and my soul back (feeling like my emotions are tightly wrapped up in theirs). She said that she has heard other parents say that having a child is like reinstalling your heart in another person's body, which is a similarly appealing analogy. (Though then the literalist in me wonders how you split up your heart into your multiple children.... the soul I can imagine as a more diffuse thing, easier to divvy up among the children!)

It's a surprising thing the day you step back and realize that you've got it all back-yes, you still love your children and their joys, failures, heartaches, and successes are an important part of your life-but you see them go off and have these experiences independently from you. I can see this both with my homeschooled child and the one who is attending school, so it's not just a function of sending your kids physically away from you each day. There's something else, some elemental bond that is still there but becomes less like a heavy leather leash and more like an ethereal thread that can stretch to any distance necessary.

The leash was hard for me. I remember the weird mix of relief and anxiety I'd get when....  Continue >>>

Suki Wessling writes about parenting, education, gifted children, and homeschooling. If you'd like to learn more about this Suki, please click on "About Suki".

  Lorraine: Stop Doing For Others What They Can Do For Themselves

(Photos General) LorraineLowRes.jpgTaking care of yourself means to Stop Doing For Others What They Can Do For Themselves. You know what I'm talking about. Take inventory right now- what are you doing for your child that they can do for themselves? What are you doing for your partner that s/he can do for him/herself? Be honest with yourself- are you doing laundry for your child that he can do? Are you picking up loose ends for others that they need to be responsible for? My invitation to you is to drop it and let it go.

Not only do we enable our children when we do for them what they can do for themselves, but we get caught up in a cycle of give-give-give that we cannot seem to stop; we don't know what to do with ourselves without all the activity. It's kind of ridiculous, really- I've been there. It's an addiction that begins in childhood when we try to smooth things out and fix situations, usually to avoid a family problem. "What do I do with myself without all this busyness?" Just let go. Let it go and bless the situation. And with your new free time read a book, take a bath, file your nails, color your hair, make a favorite recipe. HAVE FUN!!!! Enjoy yourself. Relax. Breathe. Smile. Bask in the sunshine. Watch the moon and the stars. Take a leisure drive. Take yourself out for a cappuccino. Go on a date with your husband. 

Now that you are letting go, there will be messes, your child's laundry won't be perfect, dishes will be broken and milk will be spilled. Let it go. Things will not be perfect anymore except that you are purposely letting other people grow by stepping away and letting them figure it out for themselves. Now, I'm not talking about no grace here- grace is the glue of the family. Of course lend a hand and help when someone needs it. But now you know the difference: There is enabling and then there is helping out. Ask yourself the question "Can Samuel do this himself?" "Can Angel handle cleaning the bathroom?" If so, stand back and let them grow. And let yourself enjoy a break! 

Let's chat. Call (808) 936-4370 or email me at: TheParentMentor@gmail.com. The 12 Secrets to a Safe, Happy, Confident Kids Program

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School Corner

Santa Cruz Montessori PreK-8, Cosmic Education, Thursdays 1/9 -30

 

 

Gateway K-8, School Day Open House 2/4

 

 

Spring Hill K-6, Open House and Science Fair 2/4

 

 

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CDC FLU MESSAGE

Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
  • See Everyday Preventive Actions Adobe PDF file [257 KB, 2 pages] and Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) for more information about actions - apart from getting vaccinated and taking medicine - that people and communities can take to help slow the spread of illnesses like influenza (flu).

HOME CARE FOR FLU

Renew your connection with nature.

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 Quail Hollow Ranch: A Child's Victorian Tea Party

A Child's Victorian Tea Party

Santa Cruz County Parks
Join us at Quail Hollow Ranch for games like blind man's bluff, charades, and more ... oh, and tea and cookies too.
Date: 02/02/2014 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 7 and up Admission Fees: $2.00

(Photos General) teacup_1.jpg100 years ago, your standard tea party consisted of more that just tea and crumpets. There were also fun-filled parlor games that challenged the mind, heightened observation skills, and improved physical motor reflexes.

Come to Quail Hollow Ranch and join Lee Summers, park naturalist, enjoying a host of games like blind man's bluff, charades, and more ... oh, and tea and cookies too. Class size is limited to 12. Sign up by calling 335-9348.


Location: Quail Hollow Ranch, 800 Quail Hollow Rd., Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-9348 •website

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