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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

June 13, 2013
Reading IS delicious!
Feeling Glad About Dad

Suki: UC Scout curriculum: a new option for homeschoolers

Christine: Printing Food

Reading Is So Delicious!

Reading is So Rewarding!
This Week
Juneteenth Celebration
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  Reading IS delicious!

(Photos General) Reading_BoyReachingHigh.jpgFor sure, reading is delicious!  Parents, teachers and children who can find a healthy balance in activities  --reading, tech fun, being outdoors and time for daydreaming-- are wise.  We need it all. This week we bring you summer reading opportunities.

I know someone whose mind races so much that she has to meditate several hours a day in order to calm her mind.  My brain is just not that big, yet when there is too much going on in my head, I simply sit down with a good book and take myself into another realm.  It's very rewarding, entertaining and educational, this ability to escape with a book.

If you are stressed or feeling sorry for yourself for any reason, drop everything and pick up Moloka'i by Alan Brenner. An historic novel set in Hawaii in the late 1800's - mid 1900's, it addresses leprosy and how it was treated at that time. As we follow the life of Rachel from contracting leprosy at age 5, to being taken from her loving family at age 7 and sent to an island reserved for those with leprosy, we are subtly introduced to the clash and adjustments of converging cultures and religions -Hawaiian, American, Japanese, Catholicism, Buddhism, Heathenism-- heightened by the forced closeness of "imprisonment" in a relatively small geographical area. We meet people with all their human qualities --weaknesses and strengths, pettinesses and kindnesses, small and great, compassionate and cruel, selfish and generous and seeking to make sense of a world which visited an incredible burden on them. It's a beautiful story and one that will stay with you and remind you that you can overcome any difficulty in your present life. This would be a good book to read aloud with teens.

Christine talks about printing food  --seems implausible-- however you can see 3-D printing right here in downtown Santa Cruz.  Just look in the window of MakersFactory in downtown Santa Cruz.  3-D printing is amazing!

Enjoy summer reading with the children. Parmalee

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  Feeling Glad About Dad

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by Susan True, First 5

Longstanding tradition tells us that in June we mark Father's Day, even though the role of "father" is less and less about tradition. The role of "dad" is steadily moving away from the well-defined notion of breadwinner and disciplinarian to a dynamic one of deep involvement in family life.

Father figures are an integral part of the family unit. Involved fathers and father figures have a strong impact on a child's development, peer relationships and emotional stability, as well as success in school and other activities. Children look to their fathers for direction, example and support.

For many, the role of father is no longer confined to nights and weekends. Today's fathers are often working alternative schedules or working from home, and many are highly involved in the daily routine, seven days a week.

Yet, fathers and father figures may struggle with their role. Just like mothers and mother figures, many fathers seek to find balance between traditional and new expectations. Many are fulfilling an expanded role for which they do not have a role model of their own.

Triple P suggests four practical ideas for fathers to develop positive relationships, encourage desirable behaviors and teach their children new skills... Click to get four practical ideas!>>>>

 

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  Suki: UC Scout curriculum: a new option for homeschoolers

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I have known a lot of homeschoolers who have approached the high school years with trepidation. I am trying to remain calm, cool, and collected, but I have to admit that at times I join in the fear. What if I don't inspire him to do his best and expand his horizons? What if he spends all his time playing video games? What if he doesn't get into college?

PMIt's that last fear that sends homeschoolers running to their local high schools for help. Homeschooling is frustratingly lacking in hard data, but it seems from observation that a lot of homeschoolers bail out at the end, when they see that the stakes are highest. Despite the fact that the available evidence points to homeschoolers getting into and doing just fine in college, we quake at the thought that our educational choice might limit our children's opportunities.

Roadblocks

In California, one of the biggest limits we see looming on the horizon is the University of California's "a through g requirements" system. Our best public universities now require* that applying students prove that their high schooling has met these requirements as a pre-condition to application.

*A caveat: individual homeschoolers report that their completely homeschooled and sometimes unschooled students did get into UC schools without jumping through these hoops. There are a number of ways to do this, and if you're interested, you should join a "homeschool to college" e-mail list to get more informed. In this piece, however, I am going to focus on those who are more comfortable finding a way to push their student through the hoop than finding a way around it.

The a-g requirements are not overly demanding. As any homeschooler knows, your student can learn everything a traditional high schooler learns-and more-in a lot less time and with a lot less stress. The stress, however, comes from the documentation end-how do you prove that your home biology course makes the grade? One way is to take standardized tests that document achievement (the required tests and scores are listed on this page).

Enter UC Scout

A new option is being offered through UC Scout, now updated and certified to fulfill a-g requirements. Scout is primarily designed to be used by teachers in the public school system, but that doesn't mean that homeschoolers can't use it to their advantage, as well... Read more>>>>

Suki Wessling is a writer, blogger, former English teacher, and homeschooler living in Coastal California. Links to her work can be found at www.SukiWessling.com. Check out her Parenting and Education Page on Facebook.

 

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  Christine: Printing Food

Printing Food

(Graphics) PrintingFood.jpgI ran across an interesting idea. A company just got a contract to print food. This sounds very odd, but it may be the wave of the future.

3-D printers have been around for a few years. They have recently dropped in price. They are being used in many areas, from print one-of-a kind parts, to printing layers of skin for burn victims. Now someone wants to print food.

http://mistralmtn.blogspot.com/2012/11/bio-printing-body-parts-from-3-d-printer.html

http://mistralmtn.blogspot.com/2012/05/3-d-printers.html

It makes sense. They are going to load the machine with nutrient stuff, like algae for instance. They print out layers of food into something that a person can pick up and eat. The reason this may be in our future is that it cuts down food waste in a big way. It will be possible to add flavorings and colors to these layers.

We could see something that looks like a platter of bacon and eggs, and tastes like bacon and eggs, but is really just a nutrient mix. Here comes Soylent Green!

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2419277,00.asp

Click here for more science with scientist and mom, Christine Cockey.

 

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  Reading Is So Delicious!

Reading is So Delicious

All Libraries
Begin summer reading at the library!
Every day (Jun 10-Jul 28)

(Special Event Images / Graphics) Library_ReadingIsSoDelicious_Kids.jpgSummer Reading is so delicious! Signups for our Summer Reading program start June 10. Summer Reading runs from June 10 to July 28, with great events for all ages.

1 READ
Begin reading as soon as your school is out. All kids can participate by reading on their own or listening to someone else. Earn a Summer Reading Dollar by reading for 1 hour -- you can earn up to 20. Fill in the circles to keep track of the time you spend reading. Participants may complete the program only once.

2 PROGRAMS
There are programs for all ages at all library branches. Check your local branch for a schedule, or visit the SCPL home page at www.santacruzpl.org. Programs will be added throughout the summer, so
check regularly. If a program requires preregistration, you must register online at any library branch or from home. See yourself published by submitting a book review on our website.

3 EARN "DOLLARS'

Library Programs staff will give you one SUMMER READING DOLLAR for each circle that is completely filled. To collect your Dollars, bring your completed Reading Log to: _ any library immediately after a scheduled program. For a list of program dates & times see the library website, or visit any library & give it to branch staff, then pick it & your Dollars up the following week or visit the Festival of the Book @ Harvey West Park. The last day to collect your dollars is Sunday, July 28th


4 USE YOUR "DOLLARS'
Listed on the back page of this reading log are the SC County businesses that will honor your Summer Reading Dollars (worth $1 each in merchandise.) You must bring your Reading Log and your Dollars
to the store when you shop, so the merchant can record the amount you spend. The last day to spend your dollars is Monday, September 30th

TEENS
Trade your Summer Reading Dollars for the chance at winning great prizes donated by local businesses. 1 SR dollar = 1 raffle ticket Winners will be drawn by the Advisory Council of Teens on Sunday, August 11th from 3-5pm @ the Downtown Library. Winners do not need to be present.

Saturday, July 20th 1:00-4:00 pm, City Parking Lot next to the Downtown Library, SC

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  Reading is So Rewarding!

Summer Reading Program at Bookshop Santa Cruz

Bookshop Santa Cruz
Bookshop Santa Cruz launches a summer reading program!
Every day (Jun 12-Sep 3)
Ages: 6-18

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To encourage children to continue to read during summer months, Bookshop Santa Cruz is continuing its annual Summer Reading Program. We are challenging children in grades K-12 to pick-up a bookmark in the store or online (http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/summer-reading-program) and start reading (the bookmark doubles as a tracking sheet).

After reading six books - three from Bookshop's recommended reading list and up to three of their own choices- children will receive a certificate of completion, a $5 gift card to Bookshop Santa Cruz, an ice cream scoop from Penny Ice Creamery and a slice of pizza from Pizza My Heart as well as having their name posted on our summer reading wall.

If children like a book, they can also write a review (50 words or less) about why they liked it. For each review, their name will be entered into a raffle to win a $50 gift card to Bookshop Santa Cruz! Reviews will be posted in the Bookshop for everyone to read. In addition, the school with the most number of kids who participate will receive a gift card to buy books for their school library.


Location: Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1530 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-0900 •website

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Reading Quotes

I started reading. I read everything I could get my hands on.…By the time I was thirteen I had read myself out of Harlem.
James Baldwin

 

A home without books is like a room without windows.
Henry Ward Beecher

 

A home without an Xbox is a place where kids read. Perhaps we should cancel the cable…
Susan Konig

Welcome New Businesses!

 

St Stephens Child Development Center

 

Growing Up Wild

 

Jane Addams Peace Camp

 

The Village Preschool

 

Santa Cruz City Parks & Recreation

 

Ag History Project

 

Aikido of Santa Cruz

 

Aptos Yoga

 

Santa Cruz Parent Education Nursery School

 

Books for Teens from

Santa Cruz Public Libraries

 

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Bookshop Santa Cruz'

Summer Reading suggestions

 

GRADES K-2

GRADES 3-4

GRADES 5-6

GRADES 7-8

GRADES 9-12

 

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 Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth Celebration


City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation
Juneteenth Celebration with Sister Monica and Maverick the Warriors mascot
6/15, 12pm - 5pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free

(Photos General) SistaMonica.jpgJoin us for delicious soul food, craft booths, kids activities, amazing music and moving speakers. This year features soul singer extraordinaire Sista Monica. Enter the basketball skills contest to win prizes donated by the Santa Cruz Warriors. Plus get a picture with the Warriors mascot, Maverick!

 A long-held tradition among African-Americans, Juneteenth is a special day for anyone who believes in freedom and equality for all people. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the signing of the emancipation proclamation.

 Location: Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6177 •website Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Scottish Festival
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  Santa Cruz Scottish Festival
Loch Lomond Celtic Society
Date: Every day (Jun 15-Jun 16) from 8:00am to 9:00am
Ages: All
Details: Enter into a 16th century Scottish market fair in the Scottish Renaissance Festival...Over 40 Clans and Societies will welcome v
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...take a walk on the"Wild Side
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Wild Things, Inc
Date: Every day at 1:00pm
Details: A special tour of Wild Things - retired animals, young up and coming animals and even feed the elephants
Special Instructions: (831)612-0072
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Morning Storytime
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  Morning Storytime
Bookshop Santa Cruz
Date: Every Wed at 10:00am
Details: We hope you'll join us in our Children's Books section, Wednesday mornings at 10:00
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 423-0900 view all details >>
     
Infant Feeding Circle
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  Infant Feeding Circle
Luma Yoga and Family Center
Date: Every Tues from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Ages: Mothers and babies
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 325-2620 view all details >>
     
Boardwalk 2017 Concerts
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Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every Fri (Jun 16-Sep 1)
Details: Come on down for free Friday night concerts
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Juneteenth Celebration
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City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation
Date: 06/10/2017 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: all
Details: Juneteenth Celebration with SambaDa, Kev Choice, The Joint Chiefs, Tammi Brown, Rich Tycoon, Monterey Peninsula Gospel Choir...
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