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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

June 1, 2017
Meet Me at the Bridge

Reading on the Road

Creative Summer Reading List from Chase Collegiate School

Ask Nicole: Summertime Tips for Special Needs Families

Archeologists Uncover Historic Information!
Places to Go!
Ask Nicole continued
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  Meet Me at the Bridge

(0 May 2017) Painting_MeetngOnBridge.jpg"Let's meet on the bridge and exchange prisoners. You walk home with my thoughts, I walk home with yours. Maybe then, the war is over."- Marianne Ebertowski

This sounds so wonderful, yet we have a long way to go within our nation, between nations and citizen/citizen in our communities. Are we making it happen in our families, for that is where it begins, with you and me. Practice "meeting on the bridge and exchanging prisoners." It won't always work, but never give up trying.

I think, to "walk in another's shoes," one must truly empty one's mind, resist the impulse to be readying one's defenses against another's ideas and listen, really listen. If we each practice this skill one on one, perhaps we can find some common ground and send a few ripples among our friends, into classrooms, work places, our community, our country, the world.

I'm fine with revising history if it's rooted in fact, not dogma.  It can be exciting if you literally dig up a piece of history. I used to search through garbage mounds in the woods of New England for odd kitchen items and discarded glass medicinal bottles. Once I found an eight sided bottle. I should like to have been an archeologist, but instead I satisfy myself with reading about discoveries that rock the historical world. UC archeology students have been finding artifacts at Castro Adobe and want to share their exciting discoveries with you on Saturday.  Next Tuesday local forensic anthropologist Eve Jones, talks about her work of extracting information from dead bodies. If one of your children is very curious, likes science, history and mysteries, expose them to these events! Details are in Places to Go.

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Have a fun filled weekend,  Parmalee

 

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  Reading on the Road

Reading on the Road - blog post- LitWits.com

by Jenny Walicek, LitwitsWorkshops

Time to hit the road with the family! Your GPS is set, the kids are buckled in, you've got a couple of sacks of munchies within reach and some plastic bags tucked in the glove compartment "just in case." Everybody's got their favorite pillow and a good book.

Seems like you've thought of everything! Except - wait a minute, what about those Sensory Immersion Literature Destination Enhancers? Did you pack those?

Hmmm.

Here's the thing - every time we travel we're immersing ourselves in the sights and sounds and smells of a unique setting. That's a given. The extra magic happens when we find a great book that brings both the book and the place to life through a story. It doesn't  even have to be a true story - Sherlock Holmes does as much for Baker Street as Laura Ingalls does for the American Midwest, regardless of whether he actually ever left a fingerprint there.

How about bringing along a tale or two that has to do with the place you'll be visiting? Depending on your child's interests, you might want a book that focuses on the wildlife you'll be seeing, the history of the setting, or an industry the town is known for. Who knows what intriguing tales could be unearthed on the way to your great aunt's house - maybe there are things about her town she doesn't even know! Won't your child have fun telling her about the pioneers who first settled there or the famous inventor who attended the local high school?

For help in the quest we love www.bookssetin.com, which lets you search for books by their setting, and even allows you to sort out the children's lit category with the "Advanced Search" option. Also check the website of the town you'll be visiting, or use Google to find interesting leads. Once you've chosen a book, if you find your library has a recorded version that the whole family can listen to en route, even better.

Here are a couple of other ideas for fun things to add to your Sensory Immersion Literature Destination Enhancers:

Gather a relevant prop or two, LitWits style, to pack with the book. It doesn't take much, really! Your kids will be all the more intrigued with the book you've chosen if it comes with some tangible, sensory pieces right out of its pages.  If you're headed for the Catskills and your child is reading My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, tuck a little pocket compass in his or her pack.

Look for opportunities to taste the story, once you get there.  If you're heading through Southern California and your child is reading Any Small Goodness: A Novel of the Barrio by Tony Johnston, by all means, stop for tacos!  If you're in New England reading Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham, best pick up some beef jerky to ease the journey. While you're at it, stave off scurvy with a few limes. You get the point.

The key is to find a great book that connects you and your kids to the place you are headed or the journey you'll take to get there. Your trip, and your kids' love of reading and learning, will be all the richer because of it. That's the beauty of sensory immersion, LitWits style!

We're Becky and Jenny, founders of LitWits Workshops. We're blessed to be sisters and best friends who grew up on great books.  Many of you have asked  "How'd you come up with the idea for LitWits?"  Well, here's the whole saga!  If you were just looking for plain old bios and creds, click here.

 

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  Creative Summer Reading List from Chase Collegiate School

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It helps your brain to learn and grow.
This summer we are challenging you,
to read a few books; we've chosen a slew.
Below you'll find your summer reading guide.
We hope you'll take it to your bookstore with pride.
Let this break be the summer Chase reads.
We know you can do it at incredible speeds!

#ChaseReads #SummerReading2k17 

Download a printable PDF here.

Flip through our viewbook here: https://tinyurl.com/IssuuChaseReads

 

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  Ask Nicole: Summertime Tips for Special Needs Families

By Nicole M. Young

Growing up, summer break meant endless hours of reading, playing with my siblings and doing yardwork or other household chores. Occasionally, my siblings and I rode our bikes to the local pool to cool off - only to get hot and sweaty again riding our bikes home. It wasn't the most exciting way to spend summer, but my family didn't have the range of options or money for the types of activities available to many families today. Once I became a parent, I realized the huge task my mom had - keeping four loving yet bickering kids occupied throughout the summer -and I gained a tremendous appreciation for the summer programs available for my kids.

This monthly column, focused on children with special needs, provides tips that can benefit all children and anyone who is helping raise children, based on the world-renowned Triple P-Positive Parenting Program, available to families in Santa Cruz County. If you have a question or idea for a future column, please email me at triplep@first5scc.org.

Dear Nicole, I recently started a new full-time job and need reliable care for my 10-year- old son this summer. He has special needs and not all day camps are prepared to handle him. He gets anxious and acts out if there's too much noise, stimulation or changes to his schedule. I've gotten calls in the past from day camps, telling me to pick up my son because the staff were worried he would hurt them or other kids. My son does fine at school because he follows a routine and has an aide to help him, but we don't have the aide during the summer. Do you have any tips for me? - Shelby
Read Nicole's answer>>>

 

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  Archeologists Uncover Historic Information!

Free Hands-on Science Event Features Research from UC Santa Cruz

Archaeology Program

(0 June 2017) Public-Archaeology.jpgFriends of Santa Cruz State Parks (Friends) today announced it will host its first Public Archaeology Day at Castro Adobe State Historic Park on Saturday, June 3, 10am - 2pm. The free event features hands-on science methods and findings, excavation tours, interactive exhibits and science activities from findings at Castro Adobe State Historic Park.

Public Archaeology Day marks the conclusion of an eight-week partnership between Friends, UC Santa Cruz, California State Parks and Albion Environmental, Inc., in which students from the UC Santa Cruz Archaeological Field Methods anthropology class have been working at the Castro Adobe to identify and map buried resources within Castro Adobe State Historic Park using a variety oftechnologies, techniques and methods.

"This unique partnership is helping us better understand how the people lived on this land through the ages. The information we obtain from the researchers will be added to the interpretive displays created for this new State Historic Park," said Bonny Hawley, executive director of Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks. "We are grateful for the students' efforts and excited to share more of this important history with the public."

UCSC students will give tours of the adobe grounds and their excavations, showcase interactive exhibits about archaeological methods and feature the students's archaeological findings. There also will be activities for kids of all ages and a talk about careers in science.

Tacos by Taquitos Gabriel will be available for purchase (cash only).

Castro Adobe State Historic Park is located at 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville. Parking is extremely limited and carpooling is encouraged. Learn more at www.thatsmypark.org.

  Places to Go!

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Artichoke Festival
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  Artichoke Festival
Castroville Artichoke Festival
Date: Every day (Jun 3-Jun 4)
Details: Artichokes fried, sauteed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh, and creamed in soup and much more!
City: Monterey Phone: 831-633-3465 view all details >>
     
Garage Sale Weekend
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  Garage Sale Weekend
City of Santa Cruz
Date: Every day (Jun 3-Jun 4)
Details: Hold a sale at your homehome or go garage sale shopping. Register your sale
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-420-5449 view all details >>
     
Ebb & Flow River Arts Project
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  Ebb & Flow River Arts Project
Coastal Watershed
Date: Every day (Jun 2-Jun 3)
Details: Two days of revelry, artmaking, and free family fun
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Launch of the Matthew Turner - Spectator Sail
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  Launch of the Matthew Turner - Spectator Sail
Matthew Turner Tall Ship
Date: 06/03/2017 at 7:30pm
Details: Perhaps view from shore the launch of the Bay Area's newest tall-ship
City: Sausalito view all details >>
     
Goal-Setting for Parents
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  Goal-Setting for Parents
Art Factory
Date: 06/05/2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: Adult
Details: Goal-Setting workshop for parents of pre-teens and teens
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 688-8862 view all details >>
     
Life on Mars
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  Life on Mars
Rio Theater
Date: 06/08/2017 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Details: Discussion about the most current research related to water and life on Mars
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Emerging Choreographers Showcase
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  Emerging Choreographers Showcase
Santa Cruz Ballet
Date: 06/02/2017 at 7:00pm
Details: Entertainment right here in our own community.
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Love, Lust & Rock n' Roll
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  Love, Lust & Rock n' Roll
Santa Cruz County Symphony
Date: 06/03/2017 at 7:30pm
Ages: all
Details: From Frank Sinatra to Elton John, Led Zeppelin, and Queen, celebrate the hits from the '30s to the '90s.
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Hydroponics and Aquaponics Water Tour
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  Hydroponics and Aquaponics Water Tour
Coastal Wattershed Council
Date: 06/06/2017 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Details: Learn how to grow plants without soil.
City: Aptos view all details >>
     
Seahorse Swim School's Free Swim Lessons
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Seahorse Swim School
Date: 06/03/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: all ages
Details: Free Swim Lessons
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 688-1993 view all details >>
     
World Oceans Day Celebration
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  World Oceans Day Celebration
Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Date: 06/08/2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Ages
Details: Celebrate World Oceans Day at the Seymour Center!
Special Instructions: End of Delaware Avenue
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 459-3800 view all details >>
     
Listen to A Forensic Anthropologist
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  Listen to A Forensic Anthropologist
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Date: 06/06/2017 at 7:00pm
Ages: All Ages
Details: About science, history and sleuthing by forensic anthropologist Alison Galloway, Santa Cruz local
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-420-6115 view all details >>
     
Adventure Sports Youth Scuba
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Adventure Sports Unlimited Adventure Travel
Date: Every Fri (Aug 4-Aug 25)
Details: Love the water? Scuba for kids!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 458-3648 view all details >>
     
     
  Ask Nicole continued

Dear Shelby, Summer vacation is a welcome break from school for most children, but can be stressful for parents and caregivers. Finding - and getting children to and from - safe, engaging, affordable and accessible activities at home or in the community often becomes a full-time job on its own.

The challenge can be even greater for families with children who have special needs, who might need additional support or accommodations in order for their children to have a fun, "successful" summer vacation. Here are a few tips to try:

Maintain your child's schedule as much as possible.
Try to follow your son's usual routine for morning, mealtimes, bedtime and other daily activities as much as possible. This predictability can help your son feel more comfortable with other changes to his summer schedule.

Create a visual schedule. Use words or pictures to outline key activities and times in his daily schedule, then review them out loud together at the beginning and end of every day. The repetition will create a sense of predictability, which can help him adapt to his summer schedule and transitions between activities.

Find programs that match your son's needs and interests
. Look for programs that follow a daily schedule, have a smaller number of children, and will adapt activities or offer choices for your son as needed. Ask about the number of staff and their experience working with children with special needs. This will help you gauge whether there will be enough people on hand to notice and respond to early warning signs that your son is becoming anxious, and whether they will be prepared to handle the situation calmly if your son does act out. If you know other families who have children with special needs, ask for recommendations of programs they've had good experiences with.

Maintain open and regular communication. Provide the staff with information about your son's needs and strategies to set him up for success. Make time for regular check-ins with the staff during drop-off and pick-up times. Share relevant information about your son's morning routine and how it might impact the rest of his day. Ask the staff about your son's successes and challenges during the day and do joint problem-solving as needed. If your son is seeing other professionals (e.g. occupational therapist), ask them to help your son practice skills he'll use at the summer program, such as socializing with typically-developing peers or transitioning between activities.

FINAL THOUGHTS: When summer programs balance structure with flexibility and options, they provide children with special needs the chance to participate in fun, engaging activities while also building important social, emotional and communication skills. Finding the "right" program can help reduce parents' stress, making summertime more enjoyable for the whole family.


Nicole Young is the mother of two children, ages 13 and 17, who also manages Santa Cruz County's Triple P -Positive Parenting Program, the world's leading positive parenting program. Scientifically proven, Triple P is made available locally by First 5 Santa Cruz County, the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency (Mental Health Services Act) and the Santa Cruz County Human Services Department. For more information about how Triple P helps parents handle everyday parenting challenges, visit http://triplep.first5scc.org, www.facebook.com/triplepscc or www.youtube.com/triplepsantacruzco.

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