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July 12, 2012

Suki: Why I Advocate for Gifted Children

Viva: Free Book: Salads for Every Season

Science Fun with Christine: Explaining the Higgs Boson - The God Particle?
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Business for Sale: Kumon Math & Reading Center of Santa Cruz
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When an excellent writer and historian writes historical fiction, history comes alive. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks introduces us to the first Native American to graduate from the fledgling Harvard College as told in the voice of his friend, the daughter of a minister and early settler on Martha's Vineyard. I promise you will not be able to put this book down, in fact begin by reading it aloud to your teens and they will grab the book as soon as you put it down. It's a pleasure to read contemporary literature that has depth, rings true with enduring values, introduces characters who struggle, grow and learn and is beautifully written. Caleb's Crossing is rich with material for discussion.

Listening to the physicists and then the interpretation of the physicists into "layman's speech", I came away knowing the Higgs Boson particle was an exciting discovery yet without an understanding of it.  I thought to myself, "I'll email Christine and ask her to explain it the way she brings clarity to so many areas of science."  There it was on her blog --an explanation of Higgs Boson, the God Particle and why it is so exciting. Here it is for your next dinner table science discussion.

Suki writes about the very real challenges of being a gifted child and why they need advocates: "I'll admit that I worked hard on it. I realized I had never put all this down in one place...".  It seems that often there is a stigma attached to the word "gifted".

The Santa Cruz Kumon Math and Reading Center is for sale.  The Kumon system is a highly respected method noted for its success in helping children catch up or surge ahead in Reading and Math.  Kumon's owner has grown the business to a successful level and now is planning to spend more time with teenage sons before they head off to college.  Could this be the business for you?  Read about it at the end of this newsletter.

A fire that burns up the entire contents of a classroom can be devastating, yet the staff and parents at Springhill School, city and insurance inspectors and builders are all rallying together to be ready for school opening in late August.  Visit the school website to learn how you can help.  Every small donation adds up!

Have a great summer weekend, Parmalee

  Suki: Why I Advocate for Gifted Children

(Photos General) SukiRedHead_138.jpgParents with kids designated "gifted" have a choice to make: When they're out in public, will they use the word? You'd be amazed at how often I see this theme recur on gifted parenting lists: "Do you tell people your child is gifted?"

Of course, parents have no trouble admitting to their children's other qualities. You don't hear people trying to find ways not to refer to their kid's red hair or skill at catching a baseball. But somehow, when your kid is smart you're supposed to hide it. Some parents go so far as to deny it-they don't want their children set apart.

In my case, I had no interest in the word until I needed it. We were having troubles with our second child that didn't fit any parenting manual, and didn't fall neatly into any psychological profile. I finally found the answers amongst literature about gifted children. Like other parents of gifted kids, I found my parenting manual in A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children.

The thing that I've noticed since is that in general, people really don't understand what this is all about. The most common reaction is confusion-my old reaction: why do you care?-but I also get people thinking that I'm bragging about my kids, thinking that I'm some sort of pushy helicopter parent who wants to promote her kids, and probably lots of other unflattering things I haven't heard.

So why do we care?

There's a national organization dedicated to gifted children. There are many state organizations. They all have conferences. Teachers get special training. Parents seek each other out on the Internet and in person. All of us care about gifted kids and their welfare. But why? Aren't gifted kids automatically successful? Aren't they every teacher's dream? Aren't they bound for success and happiness?

Well, no. We care about the welfare of gifted kids because things aren't always so rosy for them. Yes, I'm sure you know a kid who's a straight-A student, has the most wonderful boyfriend, is polite and kind and well-mannered, plays violin like a dream, volunteers at her local soup kitchen, speaks three languages, and, well, you get the picture. There are gifted kids like this, and they don't need much help. For whatever reason, they are thriving within society as it's presented to them. (It's also possible that these kids are getting a lot of help you don't see.)

The gifted kids who need advocacy are the ones who aren't thriving. They are more often bullied than kids of average intelligence. They are more likely to have unusual sensitivities and have trouble with social interactions. They are more likely to check out at school if their teachers aren't trained to deal with them. And surprisingly, they are more likely to drop out of high school than kids closer to the academic median.

It's true that these kids sometimes come out ahead in the end-choose your favorite billionaire Silicon Valley nerd. But they suffer a lot of pain and risk being lost as productive members of society because they don't get the help they need. And those of us who advocate for these kids think that is just as much a shame as when other kids are at risk. These kids are not better than other kids; they're just kids and they need help.

How and why are gifted kids different?

The How is much easier to answer than the Why. First of all, there does seem to be a correlation with the sorts of mental acrobatics tested by IQ tests and various patterns of development. Gifted kids are... Continue>>>

 

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  Viva: Free Book: Salads for Every Season

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(Books/Products) Book_SaladsforEverySeason.jpgSalads for Every Season: 25 Salads from Earthbound Farm by Myra Goodman is free right now on Amazon, and it's rated 5 stars.  It's an Amazon Kindle ebook, but even if you don't own a Kindle you can still enjoy it by downloading it for free to your computer (PC or Mac), iPhone, or iPad. The instructions for doing so are included under the "Buy Now With 1 Click" button. PLEASE BE AWARE that the price is currently $0.00 but that could change at any time, so always check the price before clicking Buy Now.

Let me know what you thought of this book!

Visit Viva at the Daily Citron for more frugal tips and finds.

 

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  Science Fun with Christine: Explaining the Higgs Boson - The God Particle?

(Photos General) HiggsBoson.jpgThe entire physics world (and lots of other people) have been waiting breathlessly to see if the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will find evidence of the Higgs Boson. And it happened!! There is dancing in the hallways of many universities and a lot of champagne has been uncorked.

What is a boson and why does anyone care? Why is it called the "God Particle?" An element is a pure material. This is something like oxygen or gold. A diamond is pure carbon. An atom is the smallest component that represents an element. But, atoms are also made of smaller components. Atoms are composed of 3 main components - electrons, protons, and neutrons.

Physicists like hammers. We have discovered that if you start hitting particles with hammers you see interesting things. We found that when you whack protons and neutrons, you see smaller stuff. So now there is a long list of interesting particles. Something called the "Standard Model" makes sense of all these particles. Some of these particles are very understandable, like electrons or light particles (photons). Some are very esoteric, like the Higgs boson....  Read more>>>

More posts at Science Fun with Christine Cockey, local scientist and mom.

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 Summer Saturdays at The Museum of Natural History

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July 14, Drop in from 11am - 2pm.
Free with admission: $4 adults, $2 seniors, Kids and Museum Members free

The Bat Conservancy of Coastal California brings live bats to the Museum! Come by to hear about these fascinating flying mammals and make a fun bat craft.

 

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Come take a walk on the wild side as we meet some live California native animals.We'll learn about their diets, habitats and adaptations.

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  Business for Sale: Kumon Math & Reading Center of Santa Cruz

(Special Event Images / Graphics) KumonwithChildren.jpgA Kumon Center, located in Santa Cruz, is for sale.  This is a profitable, operating, re-sale  franchise opportunity affiliated with the renowned Kumon Math Reading Program, with an established student body that will provide the buyer with the benefits of a steady income from day one.  It has significant high growth potential when a new owner expands open days and hours. 

"Kumon is the world's largest after-school math and reading academic enrichment program. Our personalized approach helps children learn math and reading concepts based on their ability rather than their age or grade. Since the curriculum is individualized for each child, it allows students to comprehend the new material fully before moving ahead. With our emphasis on self-learning, preschool through high school students become self-reliant and gain confidence to learn new materials at their own pace." Learn more about Kumon.

The major advantage of buying an existing franchise over starting a franchise from scratch is the goodwill and cash flow that comes with the business. This is the result of hard work by the current owner who started this center in 2003. Over the years she has successfully built strong relationships with the local community and established a solid business, growing in profitability year after year.

Currently the center is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2pm to 7pm.  In addition to the owner, there are six part-time employees that assist in the operation of the business during class hours. The owner has done minimal marketing as almost all the students come through referrals, the Kumon Santa Cruz website contact form, and the Kumon website.

The business is for sale because the owner wants to spend more time with her children.

The ideal buyer should have a four year college degree.  He/she does not need to have experience in education but can bring a variety of business experiences to the endeavor. A desire to make a difference in a student's life through education and  a passion for helping children to reach their full potential is essential.

This business comes complete with loyal and committed students and a team of qualified, experienced and trained staff. Sufficient capital and business aptitude plus training and support provided by the Kumon franchisor will equip the new owner with the tools necessary to operate this business successfully.

Facilities: Currently this business is operated in a 1500 sq ft leased facility in downtown Santa Cruz with new Kumon licensed furniture.

Market Outlook: This business is relatively independent of seasonality and economic cycles. As increasing competition for places in excellent schools continues there is consistent demand for quality, individual  education outside the school setting. 

Finances: This Kumon center has grown in sales and profits since it was started in 2003. Seller financing with specific agreed terms is available for a qualified buyer.

Support/Training:
In addition to the mandatory franchise training with Kumon corporate offices, the owner will provide 4 weeks of training to ensure a seamless transition.

INVESTMENT HIGHLIGHTS

• Cash flow positive  • Established 2003  • Asking price: $60,000

Please contact Soo Kong Lim, sookong@vrsiliconvalley.com, www.vrsiliconvalley.com
Phone: 408 828 9784 (direct)   ~  408 261 3230 (office)

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