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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

June 14, 2018
Triple the Impact

Becky and Jenny: Sense-able Summer Reading

Suki: A Place to Focus on Success

Fun Events!
How To Play the Classic Marble Game of Ringer
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  Triple the Impact

(0 A June 2018) Marbles.jpgPlaying marbles was fun! We took our marble bags to school every day and played marble games during the lunch recess. All other recesses were for baseball, dodgeball, Mother May I, Red Rover, kickball, etc. For me simply collecting them and having favorites was the most fun. I recall preferring the semi-clear colors with little bubbles. Today's newsletter has the rules for playing Ringer. Brush up your marble shooting skills!

"Explore" is a friendly word. Suki invites those of us who may not know about ExploreMCP to explore a this educational option which offers hope and success to students who learn differently.  Exploring is the key to making good choices about any issue.

"If you want to triple the impact of your kids' summer reading, peek over their shoulder when they're curled up with a great book (from the stacks you have all over the place, no doubt, or-knowing you-from your assigned reading list!) and see where they are in the story. Then "sensorize" the scene by slipping an appropriate snack next to them, or an important object into their hand, or by playing music (quietly) that goes with that chapter."

That's wonderful advice from Becky and Jenny of LitWits workshops. We're armed with book lists (see our lists opposite events) and reading programs (our public libraries and Bookshop Santa Cruz), but truly, it's up to us parents to help make books come alive! Jenny and Becky tell us how.

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Enjoy the weekend with the family! Parmalee

 

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  Becky and Jenny: Sense-able Summer Reading

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Sense-able Summer Reading

I once ate my way through a jar of pickles while reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Getting my teeth and nose into that story got it up off the page and made it more real for me. Even today, the tangy crunch of a dill pickle takes me straight to the streets of New York, and the lessons I learned there, through Francie, about poverty.

If you want to triple the impact of your kids' summer reading, peek over their shoulder when they're curled up with a great book (from the stacks you have all over the place, no doubt, or-knowing you-from your assigned reading list!) and see where they are in the story. Then "sensorize" the scene by slipping an appropriate snack next to them, or an important object into their hand, or by playing music (quietly) that goes with that chapter.

It doesn't take much - for instance:

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Your kids will think you're wonderfully in tune with their fictional worlds, which of course you are. You'll create a sweet and bonding memory to be filed under "fun things my mom used to do that made me feel loved" (even sweeter if they're reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). And you'll be helping to give them a lifelong, sensory connection to reading great books.

All such good things!

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Here's to a beautiful summer of lying in hammocks and on docks and under tables reading wonderful, adventuresome stories made all the more memorable by YOU.

Enjoy!

Becky (and Jenny)

(0 A June 2018) BeckyandJenny4.jpgWe'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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  Suki: A Place to Focus on Success

(0 April 2018) SukiApril2018.jpgI don't usually write in my blog what might seem like a promotional piece for a particular business, but in this case, I am moved to let the community know more about an endangered resource: Explore MCP. When I tell people about the school, they often respond, "Explore what?" And then I have to figure out how to answer succinctly when the answer I want to give would take hours.

Here is my succinct answer: "It's a tiny private school in Scotts Valley that serves the needs of unusual learners."

But that leaves out so much! The school describes itself as serving "students who learn differently,' then continues by explaining that all children learn differently. So much for succinct. It's hard for a school with such an unusual mission to explain anything in 20 words or fewer.

The last resort

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The long answer starts with a long list of children, one of mine included, who entered MCP as a last resort. These kids largely came from public schools, but some also from homeschooling and private schools. These kids had usually been subjected to years of testing, educational specialists, interventions, special classrooms, new schools, medical specialists, and therapists (not to mention the occasional legal team). And almost all of them find MCP when all other educational options seem to be exhausted.

"The goal at MCP is to develop each student's potential by embracing different ways of learning and exploring different ways of being intelligent."

Then, it seems, almost always the students and parents have the same response: Why didn't we try MCP first?

Focus on success

MCP does something that I have long advocated to homeschoolers: they focus on success. Instead of asking, "what is wrong with this child?" they ascertain what is right, what works. Then they proceed to do more of it. It sounds logical, but this isn't the way that other schools have worked for MCP students.

(0 A June 2018) MCP_teacherstudent.jpgThese students are unusual: MCP doesn't serve the needs of typically developing students (though I have to say, I think all children would get a better education through MCP's approach) or severely impaired students who are better-served by the public schools. MCP students are different from the norm but also different from each other. MCP serves kids with learning differences, physical disabilities, high-functioning autism, gender dysphoria, depression, and more-but who are learning at or above grade level. It's quite a challenge, and yet the tiny, close-knit staff works like a team of Cirque du Soleil acrobats, keeping the delicate balance of running a school while also serving the individual needs of such a diverse group of kids.

And on top of that, MCP prepares these kids to be college-ready, arming them with skills ranging from how to register online to how to negotiate disagreements with professors. Read more>>>

 

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  Fun Events!
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Summer Reads for Tweens

 

75 Mighty Girl Books for Tweens

 

Top 100 Books for Tween Boys

88 Books
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Join us Sunday, June 17, 12-3 pm for a California Salmon Day experience!

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Celebrate Father's Day with a deeper dive into salmon science, art, and seafood. Activities include live music, festive food, and expert talks.

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Six Surefire
Teen Motivators:

*Compliments
*Humor
*Let's make a deal/collateral
*Motivation through involvement
*Joint problem-solving
*Follow-through

Read all the Teen Motivators in detail here, and step-by-step support!

Father's Day: Men of Big Basin
State Park Big Basin
  6/17, 1pm
  Honor founding men of the park
Boulder Creek  (831) 338-8883

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Juneteenth Celebration
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  Juneteenth Celebration
City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation
Date: 06/16/2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: all
Details: Come acknowledge the Emancipation Proclamation on June 16th
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 420-6177 view all details >>
     
Last Day of School Party
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  Last Day of School Party
Library Boulder Creek
Date: 06/14/2018 from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Ages: All
Details: Last Day of School Party with root beer floats, bubbles, paper airplanes and more
City: Boulder Creek Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
San Lorenzo Valley Community Band
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  San Lorenzo Valley Community Band
Library Boulder Creek
Date: 06/16/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All
Details: San Lorenzo Valley Community Band entertains us!
City: Boulder Creek Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
Tom Noddy's Bubble Magic
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  Tom Noddy's Bubble Magic
Library Live Oak
Date: 06/17/2018 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Tom Noddy's Bubble Magic
City: Live Oak Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
Fratello Marionettes "Mother Goose Land"
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  Fratello Marionettes "Mother Goose Land"
Library Central
Date: 07/19/2018 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Fratello Marionettes "Mother Goose Land"
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
Triple P Seminar: Getting Teens Connected
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  Triple P Seminar: Getting Teens Connected
Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Date: 06/18/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Details: Learn strategies to encourage your teen to form positive connections with others
City: Felton view all details >>
     
Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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  Old-Time Family Barn Dance
Live Oak Grange
Date: The 3rd Fri of every month at 6:30pm
Details: Fun dances accessible to all comers. Live acoustic string music. All dances taught and prompted.
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Free Movies at the Beach
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  Free Movies at the Beach
Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every Wed and Fri (Jun 15-Aug 31)
Details: Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us for these classic hits!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Bear Stories!
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  Bear Stories!
San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Date: Every Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jun 1-Jun 30) from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Stories of bear encounters, both grizzlies and black bears, in the Santa Cruz area from the late 1700s to the present day
Special Instructions: Every Tues - Sat
City: Boulder Creek Phone: (831) 338-8382 view all details >>
     
Sweet Fire: Sugar, Diabetes, & Your Health
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  Sweet Fire: Sugar, Diabetes, & Your Health
Staff of Life
Date: 06/16/2018 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Details: Our first lecture is about How to Gain Energy and Lose Weight presented by Staff of Life and Theresa Kepple, Holistic Nutritioni
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 423-8632 view all details >>
     
Friday Night Bands at the Beach
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  Friday Night Bands at the Beach
Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every Fri (Jun 15-Aug 31)
Details: Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us for these classic bands!
Special Instructions:
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Cleanup Beaches with Save Our Shores
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  Cleanup Beaches with Save Our Shores
Save Our Shores
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All ages welcomed!
Details: Join us for fun, free, easy way to give back to your community by keeping pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Mari
Phone: (831) 462-5660 view all details >>
     
Nature's Prints Workshop
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  Nature's Prints Workshop
Arboretum
Date: 06/16/2018
Ages: Ages 12 and up.
Details: Each participant will take home their print creations and their own carved block for future printmaking.
Special Instructions: Class limited to 15.
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Fratello Marionettes "Mother Goose Land"
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  Fratello Marionettes "Mother Goose Land"
Library Aptos
Date: 06/20/2018 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Fratello Marionettes "Mother Goose Land"
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
Father's Day - Hats Off to Dad
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  Father's Day - Hats Off to Dad
Roaring Camp Railroads
Date: 06/17/2018
Ages: All
Details: As guests ride at branch level through a virgin forest by steam train, fascinating information about the California coastal redw
City: Felton Phone: 831-335-4484 view all details >>
     
Father's Day Pancake Breakfast
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  Father's Day Pancake Breakfast
Zayante Firefighters
Date: 06/17/2018 from 7:00pm to 12:00pm
Details: Come support your Zayante Firefighters and join us for our Annual Father's Day Pancake Breakfast!
City: Felton view all details >>
     
Sleeping Beauty
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  Sleeping Beauty
Agape Dance
Date: Every day (Jun 15-Jun 16)
Details: A must see ballet performance
City: Aptos view all details >>
     
     
  How To Play the Classic Marble Game of Ringer

How To Play the Classic Marble Game of Ringer

Most children understand the game of marbles the first time it is explained, but to make it easier, these drawings show the most common plays. (For a simpler version of Ringer, see the video above.)

Figure 1 - LaggingFIG. 1: To start a game of Ringer the children lag from a line, drawn tangent to the ring, to a parallel line across the ring, which would be 10 feet away. The child whose shooter comes nearest the line has the first shot. Players must lag before each game. Practice lagging, as the first shot may mean the winning of the game before your opponent gets a shot. In lagging, a child may toss his or her shooter to the other line, or he or she may knuckle down and shoot it.
Fig. 2 - The game begins. FIG. 2: This shows child No. 1 who won the lag, preparing to knuckle down. His knuckle has not quite reached the ground, which is necessary before shooting. He can take any position about the ring he chooses. (The process of picking the best possible position for starting is referred to as "taking rounders.") The 13 marbles in the ring are arranged as in tournament play. For casual games, a one foot ring is drawn inside of the ten foot ring and each player puts in some 5/8" marbles, so that there is about a dozen marbles in the smaller ring.
Fig. 3 - Success!

FIG. 3: Child No. 1 knocks a marble from the ring on his first shot and his shooter stays in the ring. He picks up the marble. As he has knocked one from the ring, he is entitled to another try. Players are not permitted to walk inside the ring unless their shooter comes to a stop inside the ring. Penalty is a fine of one marble.

Fig. 4 - Preparing for his next shot... FIG. 4: Here we see child No. 1 continuing play. He "knuckles down" inside the ring where his shooter stopped on the last shot. This gives him the advantage of being nearer to the big group of marbles in the center of the ring for his next shot. Expert marble shots try to hit a marble, knock it out of ring and make their shooter "stick" in the spot. "Sticking" or shooting seven consecutive marbles out of the ring and winning the game without giving an opponent a turn is usually good for two days of playground bragging rights.
Fig. 5 - Oh darn! FIG 5: On this play, No. 1 hit a marble, but did not knock it from the ring. At the same time his shooter, too, stays inside the ring. He can not pick up the marble, and whether he is allowed to pick up his shooter depends on the type of play - in tournament play, if your shooter is in the ring at the end of your turn, you must remove it. In casual games, if your shooter is in the ring at the end of your turn, it becomes a legitimate target and any player who hits it out collects a forfeit from you, or even your shooter! (Players should agree in advance whether to use this rule.)
Fig 6 - Now it's my turn!

FIG. 6: Child No. 2 may start by "knuckling down" anywhere at the ring edge. In this case he may shoot at the 11 marbles in the center or if he wishes, he may go to the other side and try for the marble that No.1 almost knocked from the ring. In a casual game he might also try to knock the other player's shooter from the ring.

Fig. 7 - I win!

FIG. 7: Child No. 2 chooses to try for No. 1 child's shooter and knocks it out of ring, winning all the marbles No. 1 has taken (and his shooter, if that rule is being followed) and putting No. 1 out of that game. Or he could shoot as shown in Fig. 8.

Fig. 8 - Turn over!

FIG. 8: Child No. 2 hits a marble but does not knock it out of the ring, yet his shooter goes thru the ring and stops outside where he may pick it up. The target marble remains where it stopped in the ring, and as No. 2 did not score, it is now the turn of No. 1 to shoot again.

Fig. 9 - The game goes on

FIG. 9: No. 1 "knuckles down" inside the ring where his shooter stopped (Fig. 5). he is going to shoot at the marble nearest his shooter. By hitting it at the proper angle and knocking it from the ring he can get his shooter near the center of the ring for his next shot. Play alternates until one player has knocked a majority of the marbles out of the ring.

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