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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

June 18, 2015
What Dads Want

Films about Being A Dad

Suki: Homeschooling High School

Traveling? How to Entertain Children in the Car

Featured Event
Summer Family Concert Series: The Banana Slug String Band
Car Traveling Tips
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  What Dads Want

(AAA_Feb 2015) FatherandChild.jpgWe asked a few dads we know, "What makes a good father's day?"

"Whole day with the family; no chores; beach time; my son coming home from Afghanistan; tuna sandwich, chips & coke for lunch; hike Berry Creek Falls trail in Big Basin with the kids; no kid quarrels; seeing my little girl taking her first steps; spending the day in the hammock reading, an entire book, napping; swimming in Junction Park swimming hole in Boulder Creek; cracking up over kids antics; no noise nap; bringing my boy home from hospital; back rub until I say stop; skipping rocks with the kids; steak, french fries and corn-on-the-cob for dinner; finding little love notes in the oddest places...

"No gifts?" I asked.  "Nah...well...maybe a new grill..."

Many talented adults in Santa Cruz County offer amazing summer camp choices.  Summer is a great time to encourage your children to try something new or if a passion already exists to nurture it.  We offer three ways to look at camp options: A-Z Camps  ~  Camps on the Calendar  ~  Camp Guide Newsletter.

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Have a great weekend with family and friends, Parmalee

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  Films about Being A Dad

(AAA_Feb 2015) Dad_AtticusFinch.jpgAtticus Finch, 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Played by Gregory Peck, small-town lawyer Finch is not the kind of father to spend all afternoon playing catch or dress-up. He does not tell his children how wonderful they are or how much he loves them. His children, Scout and Jem, learn from other people about his integrity and ability. And then they see how far he will go to keep them safe. The last line of the movie says it all: "He turned out the light and went into Jem's room. He would be there all night and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning."

Jason 'Furious' Styles, 'Boyz N the Hood'

Laurence Fishburne plays Jason "Furious" Styles in a violent neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles where fathers are too often absent. But the aptly named "Furious" is a fierce defender of his son, protecting him but also teaching him to believe in himself. Styles explains, "Any fool...can make a baby, but only a real man can raise his children." The guidance, attention, and example Tre receives from his father are what keep him safe while those around him get caught up in a tragic cycle of drugs and violence. Fishburne's presence and dignity create an indelible portrayal of paternal vigilance.

Find more dad movies at http://www.beliefnet.com

 

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  Suki: Homeschooling High School

(AAA_Feb 2015) Suki2015.jpgI had the very fun opportunity to teach an online, 4-week seminar called Homeschool Start-Up at Athena's Advanced Academy this spring. It was great fun for me and my students asked all sorts of great questions. One of the perennial questions that comes up is about homeschooling high school. For some reason, even seasoned homeschoolers sometimes quake at the approach of high school, and end up sending their students back to school. In some families, the students might lead the charge back to school for social reasons, but I think in a lot of cases it happens because neither students nor parents feel confident.

One of the great things about homeschooling high school is doing away with busywork so your student can focus on what s/he really wants to learn.

We, however, are having a fabulous time doing high school, so below are my recommendations for what all homeschooling parents should do before they give up on the idea.  Read more>>>>>>>>>

Suki Wessling is a local parent who writes about reading, writing, parenting, education, and homeschooling. If you'd like to learn more about her blog, please click on "About Suki".

 

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  Traveling? How to Entertain Children in the Car

When you scroll through your social media accounts, you continually see pictures of smiling, sweet children on vacation.  When posed on the beach or in front of Cinderella's castle, everything seems perfect, but if you had seen the pictures of the 16-hour drive, a different side of the trip would have been shown.  Vacations can be full of so many idyllic, pleasant moments, but you have to travel to your destination first.  Riding in the car for any amount of time can become boring for anyone, especially children, but the secret to turning "Are we there yet?" and countless sibling fights is the entertainment options you planned for your child.  Read on for suggestions>>>>>

 

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 Summer Family Concert Series: The Banana Slug String Band
The Banana Slug String Band
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Celebrate music with your family this summer!
Saturday 6/20, 4 - 5pm
All ages

Join the Discovery Learning Center for a free, kid-friendly, monthly concert. Donations will be accepted and will benefit our non-profit resource center for family learning located in the heart of the "Circles" neighborhood on the West Side of Santa Cruz.
The Banana Slug String Band is a group of lovable musicians, songwriters, and educators who blend music, theater, puppetry, and audience participation to create a lively learning environment.

Location: Discovery Learning Center, 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 531-7352 •website Santa Cruz 

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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Summer Family Concert Series: The Banana Slug String Band
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  Summer Family Concert Series: The Banana Slug String Band
Discovery Learning Center
Date: 06/20/2015 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: all ages
Details: Celebrate music with your family this summer!
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Celebrate Dads!
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Free Movies at the Beach
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Date: Every Wed (Jun 21-Aug 16) at 9:00pm
Details: Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us for these classic hits!
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Bird Club Outings June
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Santa Cruz Bird Club
Date: Every day (Jun 12-Jun 19) at 8:00am
Ages: All
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Saratoga and the 1915 Pan Pacific Exposition-100 Year Centennial
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Saratoga Historical Foundation Museum
Date: Every day
Ages: All
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  Car Traveling Tips

How much longer? To eliminate the endless questions about "How much longer?", you should plan an activity so your child can visually comprehend the amount of time remaining.  For example, if you have a 10-hour drive ahead of you, you could put 10 sticky notes on the window and take one off each hour.  This will allow your child to gauge and interpret how many more hours are remaining.


Toys with Pieces.  One of the challenges of road trips is keeping all of the toys contained in a specific area; crayons drop, race cars roll away, and puzzles are hard to work without something to press on.  A solution to this problem is to use a cookie sheet with edges as a lapboard because children will then be able to contain their activities.  You can easily turn the cookie sheet into a lapboard by cutting holes in the sides and threading Velcro through which will wrap around armrests.  This is a perfect place to play with puzzles, small board games, and race cars.  Since cookie sheets are magnetic, you can attach magnets to small toys (such as paper dolls or Scrabble pieces), and this will give your child more ease and accessibility while playing.


Games. Preschool and school-aged children enjoy using their creativity so group games like "Guess the Animal" and "The Rainbow Game" are wonderful options.  In "Guess the Animal," one person chooses an animal, and everyone else asks yes or no questions in order to figure out the animal.  This could easily be substituted for people, cities, household objects, etc. 

"The Rainbow Game" involves you telling your child to find a certain number of objects of a particular color, for example, "Find 4 blue objects."  Both of these games will keep children engaged and entertained as long as a group is playing.


Inspire creativity.  Since imagination is important to children, be sure to bring activities that will allow their imaginations to run wild.  You could bring a few small bowls, whisks, and spatulas so they can "cook".  Children love to imitate their parents, and this will be a fun way to engage their creative side.  If your child enjoys dressing up, pack a bag with small dress-up options such as jewelry, hats, scarves, and sunglasses.  Molding objects and figures can be extremely entertaining so consider taking some wax sticks or aluminum foil so your child can create their wildest dreams.

Playing with Play Dough is always a fun activity, and who says traveling in a car means you cannot use it?  Of course, no one wants to clean up little pieces of dried clay from carpet, and an easy fix to this problem is to place the Play Dough in a balloon.  Once it is in the balloon and tied securely, it will act as a squeeze ball, and your children can still mold and squeeze until their hearts are content.  After your children are done playing with them, be sure to secure it in a zipped bag.


One Toy at a Time.  Throughout your trip, do not allow your children to have all of their activities at once because the excitement will wear off.  The enjoyment will last longer if you spread out the activities corresponding to the length of the trip. 

About the Mess.  If you are worried about a mess, cover the seat with a bedsheet, and then when you arrive at the destination, you simply have to shake off the sheet.  Before you leave, be proactive in order to stretch your activities further.  Create a map for the racecar to drive on.  Glue magnets to a few toys.  Laminate certain activity sheets so your child can perform them repeatedly with a dry erase marker and simply because the map will last longer.  A little effort goes a long way in entertaining children.

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