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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

March 7, 2019
Good News

Opinion: Children Should Be Outside for 4-6 Hours Everyday

A Favorite Author is A Great Person!

Missing Mr. Peabody: The Story of a Lost Pony

Family Concert
Fun Events!
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  Good News

(0 A March) Storytelling.jpgJust when I think, "What more could I possibly share with families that will strengthen and support them in doing all the daily minutiae in raising children to become independent, responsible adults, a couple of inspiring stories appear before me.

And I am reminded that in the midst of the mostly negative, tragic, treacherous, divisive stories that dominate news and feed our fears and voyeurism, there are many more heartwarming stories out there.

What if we each-- parent, child, teen-- sent ourselves outside to walk and run in a park, on the beach, in the redwoods every day for at least an hour. Would that make a difference in babies and toddlers who have sleep challenges, the stress of responding well to our high energy children, teens approaching homework with more gusto. Would it help clear our minds to walk in the woods, along a stream, beside the ocean's edge?

(0 A March) Arboretum_AnnasHummingbird_facingleft.jpgIf you treat your family to the special birding events Friday, Saturday or Sunday at the Arboretum, in order to maximize bird viewing opportunities there are no scheduled activities for the 3 early access days. Also, our friends at the Arboretum suggest both children and adults use 'inside' voices so as to not disturb the birds and other wildlife.

A hat tip to Becky and Jenny, owners of LitWits, for sharing two stories about stories. Read the pony story very carefully, for on one level it is a delightful story and on another level a demonstration of how to craft a story! Please share this newsletter with your children's English teachers!!

Please share our newsletter with new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events!

Have a great weekend with family and friends!  Parmalee

 

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  Opinion: Children Should Be Outside for 4-6 Hours Everyday

(0 A March) Outside.jpgby Ginny, 1000HoursOutside.com

Let me begin by saying we are not outside for 4-6 hours everyday.  We aim for 4-6 hours outside at least three to four times a week (a little more in the nicer months and a little less in the worse ones).  I first came across this time recommendation in the works of Charlotte Mason, a classical English educator who lived at the turn of the 20th century. 

I originally thought her idea was utterly preposterous.  It is a far cry from typical child activities these days, most of which last no longer than an hour.  At the invite of a friend we began to spend large immersive chunks of time in nature and immediately my eyes were opened.  Children who are allowed this freedom of time outside get lost in nature.  They get lost in their imaginations and they get lost in wonder.  And then they rapidly develop.  There are many factors why but one reason is due to the rich sensory environment that nature always provides.

Our 1000 Hours Outside Goal is loosely based on the writings of Charlotte Mason but we have adapted to make room for daily life.   Interestingly, her findings about what is healthy for development of the whole child are consistently being backed by research over 100 years later.  

In Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident and Capable Children, Angela J. Hanscom writes "kids of all ages should get at least three hours of free play outdoors a day."  I'm all for balance.  Understandably, family life is a tricky juggle.  But no matter the situation we are in we owe it to our children to try our best to give them baseline the components they need for higher-level development.  Maybe 4-6 hours a day outside isn't doable but the current statistics say that the average child only gets 4-7 minutes of outdoor free play every day.  This means that the average child is probably outside for 30 minutes or so a few times a week.  

(0 A 0 March) 1000RunningbyStream.jpgSome have determined that 1000 Hours Outside is too lofty of a goal and they have adjusted a bit.  That said we do need to be aware that there are specific recommendations regarding how much outdoor free play children should get for optimal development.   If three hours a day is a baseline we risk shortchanging our children if our goal is only three hours a week.  That is why we have a goal, so that we don't miss this key component that all children need.  When kids are given time to be outside their bodies instinctively seek out the sensory input they need to grow and develop.  

If children can consume media through screens 1200 hours a year on average than the time is there and at least some of it can and should be shifted towards a more productive and healthy outcome. ‚Äč

 

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  A Favorite Author is A Great Person!

(0 A March) Book_SomeWriter.jpgA Review of a biography of E.B. White, author of Charlotte's Web

by Kate Cunningham

"All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world." Elwyn Brooks White, better known as E.B. White to the world and Andy to his friends, had a capacity for wonder that has enchanted generations of readers. At long last, we have a fully illustrated biography of E. B. White that gives us the opportunity to follow his life's journey from his early days as a boy through his death.

With her signature style, Melissa Sweet mirrors White's childlike sense of wonder. Weaving artifacts from White's life alongside her own original illustrations and collages, Sweet has created a mosaic that invites readers to linger on each page, to notice, and to wonder. Each page invites us to look more closely at the photographs, writings, and objects that filled White's life from New York City to Maine.

White's ubiquitous writings are the stars of the book including early writings from his boyhood, a poem for his beloved wife, and the many attempts he made over a year to begin Charlotte's Web. By the end of the book, readers may feel the deep sense of gratitude for the beauty of the world so poignantly captured by both White and Sweet. The book concludes with an author's note by Sweet about the sheer joy she experienced delving into White's oeuvre.

The book also includes an afterword by Martha White, E.B.'s granddaughter, who gives an unequivocal family seal of approval for Sweet's masterful telling of her grandfather's luminous life story. After reading Some Writer, all that you will hope to say is that you love this book." Read more because it's delightful...>>>>

 

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  Missing Mr. Peabody: The Story of a Lost Pony

(0 A March) Peabody_Hug.jpgby Becky Clenenden Kimball

Oops, did we lose you when you saw "Lost Pony" in the title? Hang in there with us-we wouldn't do that to you! Like all properly raised and socially conscious human beings, Jenny and I think all animal stories should be like baby shampoo: cruelty-free, die-free, and no-more-tears.

Right?

We grew up on a farm, so we know the hard facts. We just like to avoid them.

So when we heard that one of our LitWitters would be missing last week's workshop because of a lost pony, we started crossing fingers and toes. Ponies do love to escape and get lost. I have a memory of my own scoundrel of a steed, Prince Albert, trotting jauntily down the middle of our country road in triumphant freedom, and of eight-year-old me chasing futilely after him on my spindly legs, watching in horror as his rump disappeared around a distant dangerous curve. We got him back (no-more-tears!) but I never forgot that terrible, desperate feeling.

(0 A March) Peabody_HappyEnding.jpgThe day after the missed workshop we got a follow-up email containing the rest of the story as a perfect narrative arc, which Jenny read out loud to me through one anxiously squinted eye. I listened in cringe-position. How would the story end? This parent didn't know about our happy-endings-only policy - would we be confronted with some horrible Steinbeck-style reality check?

Nope. Turns out it was a total baby-shampoo story in every way but tangle-free! Read the Mr.Peabody story...>>>>

Becky and Jenny, sisters, best friends, teachers, moms, writers, readers, LitWits founders and more are sharing this pony story with us!. They say "Many thanks to Michelle LeClair for letting us share her emailed story and photos.  Michelle is the owner of Pleasant Valley Horse Club in Aptos, California, where she teaches horsemanship to kids and works with rehabilitated horses."

 

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  Family Concert

(0 A March) Symphony_BringYourInstrument.jpgJOIN US for the upcoming Family Concert, 2pm on March 10 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium - a fun, engaging experience for kids of all ages!

This is an interactive program which will be led by Emcee Omari Tau - Performing Artist, Etc. Audience members are invited to sing and play along with the Santa Cruz Symphony and the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony as they play various excerpts to demonstrate how The Orchestra Moves.

(0 A March) Symphony_Zoo.jpgWe will be joined by the Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band, Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, and the Cabrillo Youth Chorus, plus have art from students at Kirby School to go along with the themes displayed in the lobby as well.

Afterwards, stay for the INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO where kids of all ages can try out various instruments and talk to our musicians.

A fun time for all, while learning how The Orchestra Moves!

Tickets at SantaCruzTickets.com.

  Fun Events!
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MARCH

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Kirby School 6-12, Shadow Days are Mondays

 

Pacific Collegiate School 7-12, Duct Tape Parenting 3/7

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, Art & Play in the Pre and K 3/13

 

Gateway School K-8, Kindergarten Readiness Assessments 3/9

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It could be a great wildflower year!

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Glorietta Canyon

Anza Borrego

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Helping Your Child Deal With Bullying
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  Helping Your Child Deal With Bullying
TripleP
Date: 03/07/2019 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Details: What you can do if your child is being bullied...
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 335-6600, ext 6605
City: Felton Phone: (831) 335-6600 view all details >>
     
Beginners' Genealogy Workshop
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  Beginners' Genealogy Workshop
Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Date: 03/09/2019 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: Adults
Details: Beginners' Genealogy Workshop
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
Luck o' the Castros
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  Luck o' the Castros
State Park Castro Adobe
Date: 03/10/2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Enjoy a festive atmosphere and a snack from our restored cocina along with your sneak preview of this one-of-a-kind family home
City: Watsonville Phone: (831) 226-9669 view all details >>
     
COME DANCE!
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  COME DANCE!
Santa Cruz Dance
Date: 04/14/2019 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: 7+
Details: Contra couples dancing for beginners and experienced dancers
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Second Saturday on the Farm
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  Second Saturday on the Farm
Ag History Project
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-728-5898 view all details >>
     
For Goodness Snakes
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  For Goodness Snakes
Quail Hollow Ranch
Date: 03/10/2019 from 8:00am to 10:00am
Ages: All ages
Details: Open to anyone interested in snakes and their lives in the wild.
City: Felton Phone: 831-335-9348 view all details >>
     
Chix in the City, Hens in the Hood
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Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems
Date: 03/09/2019 from 9:30am to 11:30am
Details: Learn about the joys of keeping chickens without annoying your neighbors i
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Spring Session Registration
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  Spring Session Registration
MusicalMe, Inc
Date: Every day (Mar 1-Mar 31)
Ages: birth - 12months
Details: Contact us today to register for classes for for a free trial class!
Phone: (831) 438-3514 view all details >>
     
Financial Fridays: Debt & Credit
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  Financial Fridays: Debt & Credit
Library Central
Date: 03/08/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: Teens and Adults
Details: Financial Fridays: Debt & Credit - Come with your teens!!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
Legally Speaking
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Libraries - All
Date: The 2nd Th of every month (Feb 14-May 9) from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: adults
Details: Legal questions welcome: Immigration, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Labor Law, Coastal Access
Special Instructions: Check locations
City: CA view all details >>
     
San Lorenzo River Adventures!
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  San Lorenzo River Adventures!
Coastal Watershed
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month (Feb 23-Jun 22)
Details: The San Lorenzo River watershed is home to birds and bugs, fish and fungi, you and me! Explore the river ecosystem...
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Bikes of Wrath
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  Bikes of Wrath
Rio Theatre
Date: 03/15/2019 at 7:00pm
Details: A a funny, heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful documentary that opens our eyes to the complexities of America
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
     
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