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March 15, 2012


Nonfiction Curriculum Enhanced Reading Skills, Study Finds

Viva: Gardening Tips- Top 10 Websites To Visit- 2012

Crippling Self-Doubt
Spring Reading for the Young Recommended by Bookshop Santa Cruz
This Week
Making the Modern Picture Book: Children's Books from the Victorian Era
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(Books/Products) CountryBunny.jpgMuseums and zoos, historical homes like the John Steinbeck House, even entire historical towns like Calico Ghost Town or Old Sturbridge Village, are fascinating and help bring alive many aspects of history and culture.  They enable us to understand lifestyles of past eras through their collections of art, furniture, clothing, music, airplanes, farm vehicles, tools, technology, comics, et. al.   Certain museums like The Legion of Honor and the DeYoung are world famous.  We are fortunate to have an interesting  variety of local museums.    Many of them welcome volunteer docents. There's a particularly appealing show at The Legion of Honor on Victorian era children's literature illustrators.

Good children's literature teaches values and lessons and imbues children with our culture, while entertaining and engaging the imagination.   We include a collection of covers of spring books for the young, supplied by Bookshop Santa Cruz.  These can be enjoyed by children and parents alike, in fact, it's fun to re-introduce these to your tweens and teens as a way of bringing values discussions to the dinner table.

My favorite has always been The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes with its lessons of setting goals, hard work, family cooperation, respect for each other's talents and self-reliance.  Mother Bunny sets a great example of perseverance for her 21 children. 

With the advent of spring rains, it's a good weekend for reading, visiting a museum or roller skating!

Enjoy, Parmalee

 

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  Nonfiction Curriculum Enhanced Reading Skills, Study Finds

by Anna M. Phillips (NY Times)

Children in New York City who learned to read using an experimental curriculum that emphasized nonfiction texts outperformed those at other schools that used methods that have been encouraged since the Bloomberg administration's early days, according to a new study to be released Monday.

For three years, a pilot program tracked the reading ability of approximately 1,000 students at 20 New York City schools, following them from kindergarten through second grade. Half of the schools adopted a curriculum designed by the education theorist E. D. Hirsch Jr.'s Core Knowledge Foundation. The other 10 used a variety of methods, but most fell under the definition of "balanced literacy," an approach that was spread citywide by former Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein, beginning in 2003.

The study found that second graders who were taught to read using the Core Knowledge program scored significantly higher on reading comprehension tests than did those in the comparison schools...continued>>>

 

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  Viva: Gardening Tips- Top 10 Websites To Visit- 2012

(Graphics) LemonGirl.jpgHere in “Zone 9″ spring is already upon us, but even if you live in less temperate part of the United States now is a great time to think about what you’d like to plant in your garden.  And before I lose any of you who live in apartments and think you can’t garden, I’ll point out that my list includes tips on unconventional gardening- from container gardening to window gardening (yes, rigging up a vertical garden in your window- you’ve got to see it to believe it).  Here are the best gardening websites I’ve found:

  1. Sunset.com- Basically an encyclopedia of gardening.  Check out their plant finder, where you can find the most ideal plants for your area.  I also love their garden design ideas, and they’ve got a whole archive of articles on small-space container gardening.
  2. Weather.com- They’ve got an entire section devoted to garden-related forecasting, including an absolutely essential tool- a gardener’s forecast customized to your particular location.  Want to know whether you need to cover your plants tonight to protect from frost?  Want to know the watering needs of your plants over the next few days?  This website will answer those questions with a clear layout showing all of the variables that might affect your plants (rain, wind, temperature, light intensity) in the upcoming week.
  3. Like Sunset.com, Urban Sustainable Living.com has amassed a treasure trove of useful articles on gardening, but it’s focus is entirely on small space gardening (which frankly applies to suburbs just as well as cities- most people don’t want to tear up their lawn to install a garden when they could create a container garden on the patio instead).
  4. Renee’s Garden Seeds offers organic and non-GMO seeds, but I like this website best for it’s excellent archive of unintimidating gardening how-to articles- including Gardening with Children, Growing Your Container Kitchen Garden, and What to Plant in the Shade.
  5. Love Apple Farm is a nationally renowned small farm that elevates tomato growing to an art form- so if you want to take your tomato growing to the next level, check out their Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts for Growing Tomatoes and Growing Tomatoes in Containers.
  6. Speaking of tomatoes, did you know that planting tomatoes next to carrots will stunt the growth of the carrots? Or that planting chamomile next to onions improves the flavor of the onionsGolden Harvest Organics has compiled a comprehensive list of all of these companion planting tips hereDon’t be put off by the 1990′s formatting of the website- the tips are tried and true (and make sure to scroll down on the page if you don’t see them).
  7. Looking for some city gardening inspiration?  Try Urban Homestead- the website of a family in Pasadena, California that figured out how to grow 6000 pounds of produce a year on 1/10th of an acre.
  8. So, how about that window farming? Windowfarms.com explains the concept with beautiful (Photos General) GardenTomatoes.jpgpictures and informative videos.  Best of all, they provide detailed instructions for how to build your own window farm (or if you’re not feeling very handy with the tools, you can buy them pre-made).
  9. Just for fun, check out this garden pool.  They’ve got lots of photos and videos showing how they transformed a backyard pool into a micro farm complete with vegetables, fish and chickens.
  10. Ok, back to more conventional gardening- if you like how-to tips but would rather watch them in video format, check out Garden Girl from HGTV.  Her website has lots of videos covering all the basics of gardening.

What’s your go-to gardening website?

Thanks for reading!  I love comments, so let me know if these websites did (or didn’t) work for you.

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  Crippling Self-Doubt

(Photos General) SukiRedHead_138.jpgI had a conversation recently with someone whom I respect greatly. She's a great person, a loving mom, and has a successful career. But partway through our conversation, I had a realization: She suffers from crippling self-doubt.

I didn't mention it to her. Perhaps it's just me projecting, but I'm somewhat of an expert on crippling self-doubt.

I used to mull over everything anyone said to me, trying to find the hidden insults and innuendo. I used to stop myself from doing things because I'd step outside of myself and think, Who would want *me*, of all people, to do *this*? I used to worry about what "people" would think.

I don't know who those people are, but they ruled my life.

Some good things happened in my life.... continued>>>

  Spring Reading for the Young Recommended by Bookshop Santa Cruz

Some are new, some are classics.  Some offer life lessons in child-size portions and some are simply beautiful.  All are entertaining.  You can find these children's books at Bookshop Santa Cruz, Capitola Book Cafe and the libraries!

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 Making the Modern Picture Book: Children's Books from the Victorian Era

(Books/Products) KateGreenaway.jpgThe end of the 19th century was a formative period for the design, production and marketing of children's books in England. Due in large part to revolutionary advancements in book printing techniques, particularly those made by printer Edmund Evans, color printing became commercially viable. Evans commissioned, designed and produced work by many of the greatest children's book illustrators.

Often used as prizes or rewards, gift books or toys, Victorian children's books were designed to reinforce socially acceptable behavior while providing entertainment. In true Victorian spirit, publishers built aesthetic considerations into their projects, working with renowned illustrators to achieve a compelling fusion of art and literature.

The picture books of such "academicians of the nursery" as Randolph Caldecott, Walter Crane, Kate Greenaway and William Nicholson are scattered with nostalgic scenes of England's past including Queen Anne interiors, Empire style costumes and medieval picture compositions.

With their sophisticated visual treatment, Victorian children's books were not just for children-adults delighted in surrounding their family with books like Walter Crane's Picture Book of 1900. Parents felt that by exposing a child to aesthetic design from an early age, he or she would grow up to be an artistic, morally upstanding citizen of the nation.

This exhibition in the Logan gallery complements The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, on view in the Legion of Honor's temporary exhibition galleries.

Legion of Honor, Tues -Sun (Feb 18-Jun 17) from 9:30am to 5:15pm, $6-$10, under 12 free
The Legion of Honor is located at 100 34th Avenue, at Clement Street, in San Francisco's Lincoln Park. Free parking is available around the fountain in front of the museum or along El Camino del Mar.

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