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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

July 24, 2014
In Defense!
Suki: Parenting and Creativity or "Because I said so..."

Christine: Yardmap, Citizen Science

Viva: That Extra 30 Cents...

This Week
Festival of the Book Sunday!
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  In Defense!

(Special Event Images / Graphics) ThomaswithFamilies.jpgFor all parents and children who love Thomas the Tank stories for its lessons about friendship, doing the right thing and work, Thomas and Sir Topham Hatt are here at Roaring Camp for their annual visit.    Somehow I missed reading this series with my children, and now, because I chanced upon an article that gives the delightful history of its creation, I'm determined to read the series.  The article that sparked my initial interest is titled,

"In Defense of Thomas the Tank Engine  ~  The series is aimed at children, who need to rebel and to play but who also need, and crave, rules."

Who among us has not experienced as a child the dance of learning and following family "rules" concurrent with the need to test the boundaries, and now as adults we become our children's guide through the civics of life, often drawing upon good literature to help us model worthy character. 

The very entertaining and informative article is actually a response to a critique of the Thomas story as a non-PC message.  Along with two authors' dueling perceptions, it offers good background for parents who are interested about the story behind the story and will surely enrich your visit to see Thomas.

Welcome New Businesses!

Mr Mom Radio Show  David Marin, adoptive Dad, offers a pithy, informative radio show with unique guests ,for hopeful parents.

Lightspeed Martial Arts  Matt and Alexis Salisbury offer Where children learn respect, focus, concentration, discipline and self-defense, powerful skills that they will use for their entire lives.

Learn to Discover  Brian and Shelly Laschkewitsch offer Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math (STEAM) courses emphasizing 21st-century skills such as critical & analytical thinking; problem-solving; teamwork/collaboration; respect; communication; creativity; and imagination.

Garden Patch Farm  Under the guidance of Linnaea Avenell, a play based, emergent program offers children a joyful variety of activities, equipment, and materials to choose from in order to support their exploration, imagination, and development in a rustic, natural setting where kids can experience outdoor play and imagination as well as chickens,  ducks, goats and other animals.

Family Network Preschool  New owners, Victoria Nobles and Melissa Wiley, offer a child-centered environment supporting the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of young children, continuing in the tradition of the noted  program of founders Cathy and Marty.

Enjoy! Parmalee

  Suki: Parenting and Creativity or "Because I said so..."

(Photos General) SukiWessling2013.jpgWhen I was younger, I realized I had no interest in anything that wasn't creative, and this could be a significant handicap. So if I wanted to learn how to do something, I would assign myself a task. For example, instead of using tutorials and classes to learn about graphic design software, I just started working for my brother and learned on the job.

Once I had kids, I noticed that they behaved similarly. They didn't want to learn about anything-they wanted to dip their hands in and do things. Just like me, they tend to back into tasks. While other kids learned phonics, my kids refused to sound out words until one day they could read...pretty much anything. When my daughter was homeschooling, it was a duel to the death if I tried to teach her something. But then she'd come up with an idea for a project or a game, and teach herself more than I ever could have in the same amount of time.

Bloom's Taxonomy

Educators often use Bloom's Taxonomy as a model for how people learn. However, Bloom put "creating" way at the top of the pyramid, which implies to many teachers that it is something to be put off until the other learning is taken care of. The problem is, creative people just don't learn this way. They need to jump into creation first.

I'm not going to take a stand on nature vs. nurture here (and tend to agree with those who say that it's not a valid classification of how people learn, anyway). But researchers are finding that...Read more>>>

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

 

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  Christine: Yardmap, Citizen Science

(Graphics) CornellYardMap.jpgCornell University has set up a new wildlife for citizen scientists called Yardmap.  This is a place to map your local wildlife. Everybody has wildlife. Even if it is just a few pigeons and songbirds - that is wildlife.  Some butterflies spend their who lives in one small area. Small regions of green space can add up to large areas for some species.

Yardmap allows people to map local greenspace, including their own yards, using technology like Google Maps. By adding locations of native plants and bird sightings a map of local wildlife can be created. It is very straightforward to set up - and a good project for kids. Almost 9000 maps have been created. 

(Photos General) Finch-House.jpgWith the climate changing, data like this could be very useful to show the movement of various bird species. Citizen science projects will continue to add useful data in many areas. The various international bird counts have been an institution for over 100 years and still remain the best data to show what is happening to birds all over the world. Here is another useful way to participate.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140502130118.htm

Christine is a local mom and scientist. She likes making challenging science accessible to us non-scientists.  Visit her blog at Science Fun.

 

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  Viva: That Extra 30 Cents...

(Photos General) VivaGravatar.jpgOne of the biggest criticisms of a frugal lifestyle is that it involves too much time "pinching pennies"- that any savings gained by frugal choices are insignificant, and in any event are nullified by the amount of time expended to obtain the savings.  I take exception to this criticism on two grounds:

  1. The savings gained are rarely insignificant, because they add up over time.
  2. Many frugal choices involve very little extra expenditure of time

I'll give you an example of how a "penny pinching" choice earned us $72, plus interest, over the course of a year, without any extra time expended.

Giving Up Coffee for 30 Cents/Day

In 2012, I announced to my husband that, in an effort to be frugal, I was not going to drink anymore coffee until I had used up the backlog of teas that had accumulated in our pantry. He looked at me, unimpressed by my declaration.  "That's only going to save us a couple cents a day. Just enjoy the coffee," he said with an amused smile.

I'm nothing if not tenacious about this whole frugality thing, so I wasn't dissuaded by his lack of enthusiasm.  But it did get me curious as to just how much money I was saving... Read more>>>  

Viva Harris writes The Daily Citron, a fun blog about setting goals, saving money, staying organized, and enjoying life in the process. Don't want to miss any tips? Sign up for the free Daily Citron Weekly Newsletter.

 

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  This Week

 

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Events in the Parks

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A - Z Camps Swimming Holes Camp Guide
 

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Big Basin

Hiking and Camping

Click here for information about guided hikes

 

Hiking on Your Own

Easy hiking:
Redwood Loop Trail
Maddock Cabin Site
Sequoia Trail

 

Moderate hiking:
Sequoia Trail

 

Strenuous hiking:
Berry Creek Falls

 

Other trails

Camping

Backpacking

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So many

museums!

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Visit several

this summer!

 

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 Festival of the Book Sunday!

(Ads 2014) FestivaloftheBook.jpgJoin us for this final fun-filled event in the Paws to Read summer reading program!

Enjoy food, music, the kid's book barn, our read-to-me therapy dogs, marionettes, face painting and more! Free lunch and a free book for those who have completed reading logs (while supplies last!)

This will be your last chance to redeem book bucks earned with your summer reading program participation---redeem at any branch now--or at the festival!

Sunday, July 27th 1-4pm 
Harvey West Park

Don't miss this final chance to woof, wag, yowl, howl and stomp! See you there!

Festival del Nopal / Cactus Festival
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City of Santa Cruz
Date: 07/26/2015 from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Music, food, dance and cactus recipe contest
Special Instructions: Same Parking Lot as Wed Farmers Markets
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The Festival of the Book Returns...
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Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Date: 07/31/2016 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Details: Kids and Families are Invited to the Festival of the Books at Harvey West Park
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The Backpack Project: Packing Life into Giving
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Lynda and Kids Backpack Project
Date: Every day (Jul 1-Aug 15)
Details: Help us provide 200 backpacks to kids who need them
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The Gilroy Garlic Festival
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Gilroy Garlic Festival
Date: Every day (Jul 28-Jul 30)
Ages: All
Details: "Ultimate Summer Food Fair"; three d9ys of incredible food, beverages, arts & crafts, live entertainment and
Special Instructions: Santa Teresa Blvd & Club Dr
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March of the Penguins
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San Francisco Zoo
Date: 08/11/2015 at 9:00am
Details: Watch our adorable adolescent Magellanic penguins waddle through the Zoo to their new home on Penguin Island as part of the
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"Pioneering the Valley: The Chinese American Legacy in Santa Cla
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Saratoga Historical Museum
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Jul 13-Oct 26) from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Details: History of the Chinese American Community in the Santa Clara Valley from the 19th century to today with highlights of community
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