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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

July 11, 2013
Hiking and Reading

Ten things you should bring on every hike
Next Steps for Serious Hiking Families
Two Backpack Projects!
Process or Product? Which is the Best Way??

Parenting Mission from Lorraine: Pay attention to you!
Christine: Silver Improves Antibiotics
Outstanding Summer Reading Lists from Chase Collegiate School
This Week
Second Saturday on the Farm "Games and Grilling"
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  Hiking and Reading

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Sandi of International Student Services is looking for a few more host families for  2-3 weeks this summer. If you have a spare room, a room for kids to share, kids, no kids, like the idea of making friends for life and visiting them in France, Italy or Germany and expanding your and your children's horizons, this could become the highlight of your summer.  Most days the students are out on field trips, which you and your children are welcome to attend.  Call Sandi for more information: 335-3088.  Be the difference and enjoy the rewarding experience!

Are you a hiking family, or would you like to become a hiking family?  We are blessed with an abundance of trails and every level from easy walks to challenging climbs.  In urban parks,  beaches, forests and the mountains you can choose the perfect trail for your family.

A great way to get started is a visit to Coffee Talk at Big Basin.  There you can learn about various trails, their levels of ease or difficulty, what to bring, how to plan etc.  Begin with docent-led hikes.  Easy walking trails abound at Elkhorn Slough and Watsonville Wetlands.  Both Henry Cowell State Park and Big Basin Redwoods offer beginning walks.

For some of us writing comes easily and for some it's not our strong suit.  Suki explores the "hows" of teaching writing to teens and gives us her perspective on what motivates them.  Christine causes me to think a case could be made for eating with silver spoons! Lorraine, the parent mentor, has positive parenting suggestions for you.  Lynda has a goal to donate 350+ gently used, filled to the brim, backpacks to homeless and needy children.

If your family is participating in the abundance of summer outdoor activities available to us, you need downtime for reading -every one in the family!  We've included links to a printable collection of thoughtfully compiled reading lists for every age, preschool through high school.  These lists were prepared by outstanding Pre-K through Grade 12 teachers who know the classics and have done the time-consuming job of staying current with contemporary authors.  Feel free to share the information with favorite teachers.

Enjoy walking, hiking and reading, Parmalee

 

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  Ten things you should bring on every hike

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(Photos General) Hiking_Family.jpg1. Appropriate footwear. For a short day hike that doesn't involve a heavy pack or technical terrain, trail shoes are great. For longer hikes, carrying heavier loads, or more technical terrain, hiking boots offer more support.

2. Map and compass/GPS. A map and compass not only tell you where you are and how far you have to go, it can help you find campsites, water, and an emergency exit route in case of an accident. While GPS units are very useful, always carry a map and compass as a backup.

3. Extra water and a way to purify it. Without enough water, your body's muscles and organs simply can't perform as well. Consuming too little water will not only make you thirsty, but susceptible to hypothermia and altitude sickness.

4. Extra food. Any number of things could keep you out longer than expected: getting lost, enjoying time by a stream, an injury, or difficult terrain. Extra food will help keep up energy and morale.

5. Rain gear and extra clothing. Because the weatherman is not always right. Dressing in layers allows you to adjust to changing weather and activity levels. Two rules: avoid cotton (it keeps moisture close to your skin) and always carry a hat.

6. Safety items: fire, light, and a whistle. The warmth of a fire and a hot drink can help prevent hypothermia. Fires are also a great way to signal for help if you get lost. If lost, you'll also want the whistle as it is more effective than using your voice to call for help (use 3 short bursts). And just in case you're out later than planned, a flashlight/headlamp is a must-have item to see your map and where you're walking.

7. First aid kit. Prepackaged first-aid kits for hikers are available at any outfitter. Double your effectiveness with knowledge: take a first-aid class with the American Red Cross or a Wilderness First Aid class.

8. Knife or multi-purpose tool. These enable you to cut strips of cloth into bandages, remove splinters, fix broken eyeglasses, and perform a whole host of repairs on malfunctioning gear.

9. Sun screen and sun glasses. Especially above treeline when there is a skin-scorching combination of sun and snow, you'll need sunglasses to prevent snow blindness and sunscreen to prevent sunburn.

10. Daypack/backpack. You'll want something you can carry comfortably and has the features designed to keep you hiking smartly. Don't forget the rain cover; some packs come with one built-in. Keep the other Essentials in the pack and you'll always be ready to hit the trail safely.

  Next Steps for Serious Hiking Families

How to hike: 8 steps to become a great day hiker

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Step 1: Understand hiking mechanics  Shorten your stride on downhills to avoid a slip out.  We've all started out too fast or slipped on a downhill section leaving us gassed and battered.   Hiking efficiently on a long day hike can substantially increase your enjoyment and allow you to hike more miles.  If you understand basic hiking mechanics you can get the most out of your day hikes and minimize the impact on your feet, joints, and muscles.  The more efficiently you move on the trail, the longer you can hike.  

  • Shorten your stride on uphills to save your hip flexors
  • Shorten your stride on downhills to keep your center of mass over your lead foot and avoid slips outs
  • Lace your shoes properly to minimize blisters that are produced by foot movement in the shoe
  • Use trekking poles to lighten the impact on your knees

Click to read steps 2-8>>>>>>>>

  Two Backpack Projects!

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Each summer the Lynda and Kidz Backpack Project collect gently used or new backpacks and donations to provide back to school backpacks to homeless and low income children in Santa Cruz County through the Homeless Services Center, Rebele Homeless Shelter, Elm Street Mission and Walnut Avenue Women's Shelter.  Also they provide backpacks to an Indian Reservation through St. Andrew's Church in Ben Lomond and to children suffering with Aids through the Sunburst program in Sacramento.

Annual Drop off a Backpack (or $25 for supplies) Day: Saturday July 22nd, 10am-2pm, the backpack project folks will be on-hand at True Olive Connection, downtown Santa Cruz. All donors will be entered into a drawing for a True Olive gift basket. Laurie Roberts from KPIG will be on hand to support our project and thank folks for donating. You can also drop backpacks at Therapilates, 41st Ave, Capitola or call Lynda to arrange pick up, 831.332.6371 through July 31.

Lynda Hall, Founder  ~  Lynda and Kidz Backpack Project  ~  831-332-6371 ~ kidzbackpacks@gmail.com  Join us on Facebook


Palace and United Way Stuff the Bus Project

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Here's how you can help:

 

Stop by either Palace location to sponsor a scholarship to purchase a filled backpack for $25 ($60 retail value).

Palace will take that sponsorship and deliver the goods to Stuff the Bus on your behalf on August 3rd.  United Way will be rolling up in the Yellow School Bus to Palace in Capitola August 3, from 10am - 2pm.

Santa Cruz Retail Store, 1407 Pacific Avenue, (831) 427-1550

Capitola Retail Store, 1501-K 41st Avenue, (831) 464-2700

  Process or Product? Which is the Best Way??

(Photos General) SukiwithBook.jpgNote: I have been teaching a teen literature circle and have been thinking a lot about why it's so hard for some teens to write when they have such wonderful and wise things to say in our workshops. Here is the first piece of advice that I want my students to think about.

When teachers talk to each other about teaching writing, they often talk about "process over product." Most teachers try to instill this idea through how they teach.  I think that teens, who often focus on the product, can improve their writing experience by rethinking their mindset and intentionally focusing on process over product while they write.

What are process and product?

When we are little kids, process is everything. What is process? It's getting our hands all sticky and gooey in fingerpaint and the smooth feeling of spreading the paint on paper. Process is telling our parent a long, imaginative story that we made up, which is fun to tell but actually has no point at all. Process is getting on a bike, going a few meters, tipping over, crashing, getting up, and then doing it all over again. Process is grabbing Dad's camera and taking one hundred and fifty-six photos of the mound of dirt we just made.

When we become adults, product seems to become everything. Product is getting an A in a tough physics class in college. Product is getting the diploma and the job or the promotion. Product is handing in that research we had to do by Thursday. Product is winning an award, meeting a goal, or earning a title.

Our culture teaches us that product is supremely important-more important than anything else. We read about a musician's award, an actor's pay, a businessperson's stock holdings, and a politician's victory as if the end-product is the most important thing. But is it?

Which is more important, process or product? Find out Suki's opinion!>>>>

 
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BRING HOME THE WORLD
Make life-long friendships with families from Italy, France or Germany!

HOST FAMILIES URGENTLY NEEDED for HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

International Student Services Santa Cruz
Call Sandi 335-3088  or  Jessica 462-0650

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  Parenting Mission from Lorraine: Pay attention to you!

(Photos General) LorrainePhoto.jpgHere's an extra opportunity to engage in a harmonious relationship with your child. This week's Parent Mission (should you choose to accept it) is below. It's a simple practice for YOU this week.

Last week your Mission was to interact with your child & ask him: 1- What do you really want from me as your Mom or Dad?2- What would you really like to do with me this week?  No matter what your child's age, marvel at her answers, which may surprise you!  I got some really funny feedback- a 4 year old who said she wanted to run in the fountains at the Queen's Shops in Hawai'i and gobble ice cream- AND HER MOM SET THE DATE!!!!! Did you set your date with your child?

This week: Pay attention to you! Did anyone do this for you when you were growing up? If they did you're the lucky one. If you did not, you're in the majority. Notice how you feel about giving your child what was maybe not done for you. Please write about it or email-journal it to me so I can witness it for you., AskTheParentMentor@gmail.com. Your comments are confidential- they are safe with me. Blessings to you and your entire family!  http://www.yourkidslovinglife.com/

  Christine: Silver Improves Antibiotics

(Photos General) EatingWithSilverSpoon.jpgA researcher in the late 1800s did some thorough tests and found that silver worked against over 650 species of single-cell creatures, although it didn't work well against  molds or parasites.

And then penicillin was found. More antibiotics were discovered, and more antibiotics were designed. Silver was pushed to the back. A few people remembered, but that was all. Lately, our tried and true antibiotics don't work so well. Some bacteria have learned to fight the antibiotics. So scientists started looking at historical research for new antibiotics. A few scientists who had kept testing old products stood up.

Silver has returned. Read more about the benefits of silver>>>>>>

  Outstanding Summer Reading Lists from Chase Collegiate School

(Photos General) Reading_Youngboy.jpgWe think you will be delighted with this Summer Reading List which comes from Chase Collegiate School, Waterbury Connecticut.  Click on the grade of your interest and you will access a printable list with brief topic content for each book.  A collaboration by outstanding faculty has prepared this list, so if your school has not had the time to read/review/prepare a high quality summer reading list, take from it!  Every book on the list has been selected with an eye to age appropriate material, excellent writing and illustrations and inspirational character development.  Enjoy!

Pre-Kindergarten Grade 4
Kindergarten Grade 5
Grade 1 Grade 6
Grade 2 Grade 7
Grade 3 Grade 8
Grades 9 - 12
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Parents Nights Out!

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Junebug's Gym

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 Second Saturday on the Farm "Games and Grilling"

Join us for some good old-fashioned family fun!

Agricultural History Project Center and Museum
Date: 7/13, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Donations appreciated.

(Photos General) AgHistory_PlayingMarbles.jpgSecond Saturday On The Farm - Games and Grilling, July 13, 11am - 3pm at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Highway 152 outside Watsonville. This event is FREE! Donations appreciated.

Second Saturdays On The Farm are every month with a different emphasis on some part of the farming experience and explore the history as well as have activities for kids and adults related to each topic.

July 13th we'll have lots of old-fashioned games for kids to play -- flour sack races, marbles, hoops, hopscotch, and others. And we'll have an expert griller giving tips on grilling veggies and meats for the summer!

Activities start at 11am for everyone. Come and join in for the whole event or for just a little bit of time.

Second Saturdays are a new monthly event to have some fun, be with a great community, and experience a little of the history of farming.


Location: Agricultural History Project at , 2601 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 724-5898 •website• 

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Date: 07/16/2016 at 6:30pm
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California Rodeo
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Date: Every day (Jul 13-Jul 27)
Details: If you love Bach this is the event of the year for you. Attend rehearsals, concerts, lectures. Many events are free.
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Date: Every day (Jun 20-Aug 14) from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
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