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Happy Father's Day!
June 16, 2011


What is Mindfulness?
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Happy Father's Day Dads! It's great to see you out and about with the children.  Moms and Kids, Have fun making a fuss over dads, grandfathers, uncles and friends! If you are looking for ideas, consider:

  • Planning a family hike in one of our parks
  • Packing a picnic and heading to the beach
  • Going for a family bike ride
  • Checking the movie releases and heading to a family friendly movie
  • Making a strawberry-rhubarb pie
  • Find more great ideas in Activities, Art & Attractions

The article in the NY times jumped out!  Kids don't know history. The original report, National Assessment of Educational Progress, says they improved.  That is two different perspectives on the test data.  Look at the graph.  What does it tell us?

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I see: 1) Students scoring at Proficient and Advanced are approximately 25% of the test population;  2) 75% of students are scoring 50% (or lower); 3) a slight increase in scores for 4th and 8th graders; 4) and a decline in knowledge of history from 4th to 12th grade. Is that how you read it?

My reaction to this not-so-great history report card -- Whether you are sending your children to school or homeschooling, check out what they are learning!  Bring history to the dinner table.  Have fun with it.  Do research before holiday and memorial days.  Take children to museums and historical sites

Get books on history from the library, ex. Historical Fiction for Teens or United States, 1900 - 1938 Chapter Books for Grades 3-8.   I googled "history through movies" and came up with: History in 100 Movies.  You may want to review movies first for accuracy and appropriate content. 

Visit Ultimate History Quiz where you can take quick 10-question history quizzes, limit 30 seconds per answer.  I scored 70% on the first test, 80% on the second. "Not bad for someone who likes her history in a novel," I thought!  Go ahead, try it.  See how you do.

This brings me to our feature article on Mindfulness, an effective tool for learning and interacting well at school, work and within families.  An upcoming Mindfulness course for educators, parents, in fact anyone, is coming in July, brought to us by Gateway School.

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  What is Mindfulness?

source: MindfulSchools.org

Mindfulness is a particular way of paying attention. It is the mental faculty of purposefully bringing awareness to one's experience. Mindfulness can be applied to sensory experience, thoughts, and emotions by using sustained attention and noticing our experience without reacting.

Mindfulness creates space, changing impulsive reactions to thoughtful responses.

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We help to grow this space, enabling new, wiser responses that improve attention, learning, emotional regulation, empathy, and conflict resolution.

First introduced into medicine thirty years ago by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, mindfulness has become a successful mainstream influence in medicine, psychology, corporate environments, and now education.

Thirty years of research and, more recently, brain science, offer compelling evidence to support the use of mindfulness in education. The application of mindfulness by students has the potential to improve academic achievement, mental health, and inter- and intra-personal relationships.

Upcoming Mindfulness Fundamentals Session, Santa Cruz | Thursdays, July 7 - Aug. 11, 6 - 8pm |  Gateway School (126 Eucalyptus Ave) |  General Registration: $125, Sliding Scale and Work Trade Scholarships are available for those in need | FLYER | Register

  Daily Citron with Viva: Easy Entertainment

(Icons/Graphics) LemonGirl.jpgWhen traveling, it can be a challenge to figure out how to occupy kids during the "down time"- that is, the window of time after we've returned from the aquarium, museum, etc., and have 1-2 hours to burn before dinner. That's when all we want to do is veg out, but kids, with their boundless energy, are still going. continue >>>>>

  Suki Blogs: Enter the Scowlers

(Site Photos) SukiRedHead_138.jpgVisiting my kids' grandma in Florida is a cultural experience. She lives in a mature adult community, as many in Florida do. The streets are orderly, and no one draws on the sidewalk. I find the range of reactions to kids here pretty interesting.

It's hard to see in the photo, but this is a car that passed us with two IV bags hanging in the back. That gives a new meaning to his and hers accessories!

There are the people who think that anyone younger than eighteen is
a) a baby
b) stupid
c) someone whose physical space they can intrude anytime

My kids... continued>>>>

  Starshine: Lost - One Dad

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I always knew I'd speak at my father's funeral.

It's a morbid thought, I know. But I was sure I'd deliver his eulogy. See, he's a fascinating man - passionate and charismatic, the kind of guy who seems to have lived several lives in the space of one. A dozen careers. Hundreds of adventures. Thousands of friends.

And my father taught me how to write. By turning me on to cunning authors and forcing me to rewrite shoddy school essays, he helped shape my voice. We share a love of style, an ear for rhythm. Read more >>>

 
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 Japanese Cultural Fair, Saturday

(Special Event Page Graphics) JapaneseCulturalFairGirls.jpgMission Plaza overflows with the celebration of Japanese music, traditional dance, food and crafts at this popular annual festival. Powerful drummers, the San Francisco Taiko Dojo, thrill the audience, along with storytellers, martial arts demonstrations and healing arts vendors. Sushi, noodles and green tea ice cream are always favorites.

The purpose of the Japanese Cultural Fair is to provide an opportunity for the community to increase its awareness and understanding of the Japanese community in Santa Cruz County as well as Japanese culture, both traditional and contemporary. We believe that through the arts, craft, and culture of Japan, we can improve mutual understanding among neighbors on the Pacific Rim as well as enrich our community life here in Santa Cruz.

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