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Museum Series Begins!
July 8, 2011

Museums: MAH, A Place to "Get Your Hands Dirty"
Suki Spoofs the Feds' Testing Programs

Daily Citron with Viva: The TV Experiment

Pam's Peaceful Valley Farm Blog: Twin Goats Born During Farm Camp
This Week
Cirque Polynesia at the Beach Boardwalk
Parents Comment on New Testing Program for Preschoolers
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(Special Event Images / Graphics) PeacefulValleyFarm_Boyswithgoats_SantaCruzParent.jpgIt seems fitting to feature a farm blog when we live in the midst of one of the most productive agricultural areas in the world. Meet Pam Carrico who blogs about a farming lifestyle --including what really happens at Peaceful Valley Farm Camp.

One of Suki's blogs got picked up by a "bigger blog" site.  Congratulations!  We include her tongue-in-cheek blog, a spoof on an article about a new federal testing/race to the top plan, that made me laugh out loud and get mad at the same time!   Sometimes I get quite entertained by readers' comments on articles so I've included a few of the their reactions to the original article. What do you think?

(Special Event Images / Graphics) Palace_SeaOtterHaikuTunnelArt_SantaCruzParent.jpgCheryl Trowbridge is teaching a workshop on Haiku Tunnel Art at Palace Art.  You start by bringing a favorite postcard... This is great for teachers, parents or anyone artistic (18+).  Learn more here. "In this workshop you will... • use a postcard as your inspiration to write a haiku, • illustrate your haiku with a tunnel book, • leave with a sample you'll be proud of!"

There are some amazing museums very near or only a day trip away, so we're beginning a Series on Museums.  Please, send us a few lines about a museum you visited and tell us what was special about it for your children!  Has anyone been to the Cartoon Museum?  Don't shy away from taking even young children to prestigious art, science or historical museums.  While their attention spans may not match yours, you might be surprised about what interests them, and what they retain years later.

Enjoy every day, Parmalee

  Museums: MAH, A Place to "Get Your Hands Dirty"

(Special Event Images / Graphics) MAH_YourMAH_SantaCruzParent.jpgRecently I visited the refreshed website of our own Museum of Art & History.  Wow! It is lively!!!  It reflects the energy and inspiration of its new director, Nina Simon, a local resident with a global museum reputation.  Are we ever fortunate.  Nina wants our input about what we want in a local museum.  For sure take the children in and encourage them to make suggestions.  They are the ones with imagination unfettered.

MAH's homepage greets us with "The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center (the "MAH") is undergoing a transformation. We have a vision to become a thriving, central gathering place for people who are passionate about art, history, ideas, and culture.

This vision is exciting, but it's only as good as our ability to deliver on it. We know that lots of people in Santa Cruz county are not currently connected to the Museum, and we're ready to do the hard work to engage new participants. This website is a test zone where we will be sharing new ideas and finding out how you want to be involved.

So poke around a bit. Share your own vision of the future and how the Museum can support your creative, social, and intellectual interests. The MAH is only as good as the members, donors, volunteers, and enthusiasts who support it-and we hope that you will soon count yourself as part of our family.

If you have any questions or ideas about this transformation that you'd like to discuss in person, drop by the Museum 11-5, Tuesday to Sunday, or contact me, Nina Simon, directly. As the new Executive Director of the MAH, I am making community engagement my primary focus. No one is as important as you. Really."

Psst! Nina, Please keep the Christmas Train Show! Parmalee

(Logos Event Calendar) ExperienceClay_SantaCruzParent.jpg Everyone is invited to Experience Clay at MAH on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17 from 10am-5pm. The Museum’s Abbott Square and ground floor will be a discovery area, allowing visitors to experience clay in all shapes, sizes and forms. Outstanding local artists will be giving Demonstrations, Presentations, and low-cost Workshops. Children, teens and adults are invited to get their hands dirty and discover this exquisite mud!
$5/day demo entry fee for ages 10 and above. Pre-registration to workshops is recommended.
  Suki Spoofs the Feds' Testing Programs

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New Race to Top Stresses Pre-Natal Tests, Fetal Test Prep Program Ratings

By Suki Wessling, Special Correspondent to the Pre-Born

Washington, D.C.: To win a grant in the U.S. Department of Education's new Race to the Top competition for pre-childhood education aid, states will have to develop rating systems for their fetal test prep programs, craft appropriate standards and tests for pre-born children, and set clear expectations for what teachers should know.

That's according to the proposed rules released today by the Obama administration that will govern the $500 million competition, which was made possible by the fiscal 2011 budget deal Congress passed in April.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was given $700 million in new Race to the Top money, and chose to put most of it into pre-natal education, while keeping a $200 million slice to award to runners-up from last year's competition. (Details of that separate contest have yet to be announced.)    continued>>>>

(Original Serious Article)

 

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  Daily Citron with Viva: The TV Experiment

(Icons/Graphics) LemonGirl.jpgTwo months ago, my husband and I did an extraordinary thing: we decided to try limiting our T.V./movie watching to 4 nights per week. Don't think that's very impressive? Consider that the average American watches 4 hours of T.V. per day, seven days a week.

My husband and I designated Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays as T.V. free. We had previously tried a more flexible approach, i.e., "Let's not watch T.V. every night", but that failed miserably, because every evening, after we put our daughter to bed, we'd look at each other and say, "I'm so tired. Let's just watch a little T.V. tonight, and we can do a board game or something tomorrow night." So for us, it works better to have an ironclad rule: no T.V. for any reason whatsoever on the designated days. We elevated this rule to the wearing seatbelts while driving category: i.e., we just comply, no questions, no negotiating. ( I do admit that it makes it much easier that we subscribe to Tivo- that way, if we miss an episode, it is recorded and ready to watch on our next T.V. day).

We figured we'd try it out for a month. It's been two months now, and...   continued >>>>

 
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  Pam's Peaceful Valley Farm Blog: Twin Goats Born During Farm Camp

(Special Event Images / Graphics) PeacefulValleyFarm_Newborngoat_SantaCruzparent.jpgOk, it has taken me a full week to find the time to write and post pictures of the awesome birth that recently took place here on Peaceful Valley Farm

After 3 nights of Ginger having heavy breathing and moaning until midnight, she finally birthed 2 kids on Thursday afternoon. It was my first week of Farm Camp and the campers asked me no less than a million times "when is it going to happen?" It turns out we don't exactly know when Ginger got pregnant, so it was nearly impossible to know when she was due.  One of my camp parents is an L&D nurse and grew up on a dairy farm, so has dealt with mammalian labor and birth a few times. Her 5 year old grand daughter said, "My grandma can help her, maybe you should ask" It was so cute!

When grandma Kimber came for afternoon pick up, she told me that she would check her if I wanted. I said, "sure", 'cause, what the heck, right? continued >>>

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 Cirque Polynesia at the Beach Boardwalk

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Awakened by the sound of thunder and distant drums, a group of shipwrecked performers make new friends by sharing their unique talents with the native islanders.

Join us for this sizzling Polynesian adventure with thirty minutes of non-stop action featuring Polynesian Dance, contortionists, uniwheel, rolla bolla, cube spinning, and the Samoan Fire Knife dance!

 

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  Parents Comment on New Testing Program for Preschoolers

What we need to test is the readiness of Arne Duncan and legislators to make good decisions about what is best for children. It truly is a Race to Nowhere.  -Peter Smyth. Teacher and administrator, parent and grandparent.

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I'm a teacher and mom of twin boys going into 3rd grade in the fall. I'm so sick of all this testing crap. Seriously, sometimes I wish we could go back to the Little House on the Prairie school house days and educate our kids without the interference of the government on a daily basis (yeah, yeah, now I'm expecting the "world economy" and "technology" rebuttals...it's MY wish, let me have it!). My kids WERE kids up until Kindergarten - carefree, loved playing, loved getting dirty, loved discovering things without "official" teaching or pressure by me. -Kim, Teacher/Parent

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What? Oh my goodness...this is insane. Yes, they have lost their minds. Answer: Their minds are where the money is. Follow the money. This goes against everything we know about early childhood education. -Yvonne Siu-Runyan

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At what point will the government realize that its policies are working against all that we stand for as a nation? If we want to prepare young people for an active role in a democratic society we can't do that by forcing them all into the same little educational "boxes" by way of testing. We need thinkers and doers, not sheep, in order to keep our democratic society alive. I cannot stand to read this article. I stopped after the first 2 paragraphs. Please don't do this to our kids. They will suffer and we will all pay a terrible price for their loss of innocence and curiosity these tests crush.   -Anonymous

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'tests for young children' ... really???  Once upon a time, a long time ago in a now lost and forgotten land little children were encouraged to play and explore (with some adult oversight). Then one day an evil witch/warlock came by with a bright shiny test that made a whole bunch of money for some corporation somewhere ... and WHOOPS ... there went childhood. This whole testing regime is a disease that afflicts all too many well intentioned people.  -Anonymous

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