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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

May 15, 2014
Raising Readers Begins with Parents

On Reading
SpeechRighter
Suki: The Sleepless Season

Elite colleges don't buy happiness for graduates

Whale of An Auction

This Week
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Comments on Reading Articles
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  Raising Readers Begins with Parents

(Photos General) Caryn_Book.jpgThere has been a lot of news about reading recently, notably a piece on NPR about teens not reading for enjoyment as much as they used to.  We've all seen how easy it is to become engrossed in our gadgets.  Who has not seen a group of teens walking together, each one looking down at her smart phone and texting away!  Yet in Santa Cruz I see parents flocking to the libraries with their little ones.  I bring you two articles and a few comments that I enjoyed to buoy your resolve to raise readers. 

Of course it all begins with you dear parents. Are you treating yourself to the pleasure of a good read and letting your children see you?  May I suggest an easy to read series with good character development and provocative questions of ethics in a historical setting with the intrigue of a good story?  Try Jacqueline Winspear's "Maisie Dobbs" series.

Welcome these businesses new to Santa Cruz Parent!  Visit their websites to learn more abot them.  SpeechRighter/Fast ForWordMr. Mom Radio ShowLightspeed Martial ArtsLearn to DiscoverLittle Garden Patch Farm.

Have a wonderful weekend, Parmalee

 

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  On Reading

Why Aren't Teens Reading Like They Used To?

Harry Potter and The Hunger Games haven't been big hits for nothing. Lots of teens and adolescents still read quite a lot.

But a roundup of studies, put together by the nonprofit Common Sense Media, shows a clear decline over time. Nearly half of 17-year-olds say they read for pleasure no more than one or two times a year — if that.

That's way down from a decade ago.

The digital revolution means there are more platforms than ever to read on. And yet, the number of American teens reading for pleasure has dropped dramatically. Researchers are asking if there's a link.

Jim Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media, is one of them. He's been studying the impact of technology on children, and he finds the results striking — though not entirely shocking. Continued>>>>>

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What Happens In Our Brains As We Read

Annie Murphy Paul

Amid the squawks and pings of our digital devices, the old-fashioned virtues of reading novels can seem faded, even futile. But new support for the value of fiction is arriving from an unexpected quarter: neuroscience.

Brain scans are revealing what happens in our heads when we read a detailed description, an evocative metaphor or an emotional exchange between characters. Stories, this research is showing, stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life. Continued>>>>>

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  Suki: The Sleepless Season

(Photos General) SukiWessling2013.jpgMy homeschooled teen decided he wanted to take the AP Computer Science exam. So bright and early the other morning we turned up at a local high school where he would take the test. Everyone was wonderfully kind to him (no sneering at homeschoolers in our community... well, at least none that I see on a regular basis). The teacher administering the exam was a kindly older sub who often works at the school. (Graphics) TeenSleepingDesk.jpgI joked to her that getting a homeschooler to the other side of the county before 8 a.m. was an unusual chore.

"Yes," she said. "It's that sleepless season for students. Yesterday a little boy in my class put his head down on his desk and went right to sleep!"

The thing is, it's not the sleepless season for millions of children around the country who are home educated and some other number who go to sensible private schools. (I suppose there is a sensible public school out there somewhere, but not in my neck of the woods.)

What do I mean by sensible? Read more>>>>>

Suki Wessling writes about parenting, education, gifted children, and homeschooling. If you'd like to learn more about this Suki, please click on "About Suki".

 
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  Elite colleges don't buy happiness for graduates

By Douglas Belkin May 6, 2014 11:41 AM
Wall Street Journal

A word to high-school seniors rejected by their first choice: A degree from that shiny, elite college on the hill may not matter nearly as much as you think.

A new Gallup survey of 30,000 college graduates of all ages in all 50 states has found that highly selective schools don't produce better workers or happier people, but inspiring professors-no matter where they teach-just might.

The poll, undertaken this spring, is part of a growing effort to measure how well colleges do their jobs. This survey adds an interesting twist, because it looked not only at graduates after college; it tried to determine what happens during college that leads to well-being and workplace engagement later in life. Continued>>>

 

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  Whale of An Auction

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The 29th Annual Whale of an Auction
The best auction of the year!
Every bid you make helps our ocean.

The 2014 Whale of an Auction is ONLINE ONLY.

NEWS FLASH - Just for registering, you have the opportunity to WIN a $250 gift certificate to Whole Foods Market! Be ready to bid by registering now.*

This charity auction provides crucial support for the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, the marine science education center at Long Marine Lab, University of California, Santa Cruz. Because of people like you, thousands of children, families, and people from all walks of life will discover why ocean science is important, now and for the future of the planet.

Whether you live in Santa Cruz, California or across the nation, there is something here for you!

This charity auction is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to bid on fabulous items-one-of-a-kind field trips with renowned scientists, explorers, and adventurers, vacations in exotic places, extraordinary art glass, exclusive dinners, fine wines, and gift baskets filled with goodies.

Sign-up and bid early so you don't miss out on the exclusive adventures and experiences in our "count me in!" section... they sell out early.

Visit our auction website and sign up for E-blasts to find out more about the 2014 Whale of an Auction.

Bid often, bid high, and help us meet the challenges facing our oceans.

 

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  This Week

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Waldorf PreK-8, Morning in the Kindergarten 5/17

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, Campus Tour 5/21

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 Sanctuary Celebration
(Special Event Images / Graphics) SanctuaryCelebration2014.jpgCelebrating the Wharf 100 Years - the Gateway to the Bay!
Date: 5/17 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free

Santa Cruz Wharf 100 Year Celebrations continue with the new, free Sanctuary Celebration on May 17th, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. Enjoy free live music, arts and crafts, educational activities and short EcoTours of the Wharf. Learn all about the things that have drawn locals and visitors to the Wharf for a century: fishing, history, sports, birding, sea lions, whale watching and more, including recent efforts to make the Wharf sustainable. Interactive, educational and fun activities will be presented by groups like the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, the Sanctuary Exploration Center, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, USGS, the Marine Mammal Center, the Coastal Watershed, the National Marine Fisheries Service, Save our Shores, UCSC, Santa Cruz Longboard Union and more.

FREE SANCTUARY CELEBRATION SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

11 am Participating organizations' activities begin!
11 am - 12 pm Wharf Stage: Welcome by MC Geoffrey Dunn and Mayor Lynn Robinson
Talks by Congressman Sam Farr and Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta
Commentary by Dan Haifley and Paul Michel on the Role of the Wharf
12 pm - 12:45 pm Wharf Stage: Music from: Zun Zun
1 pm - 1:45 pm Wharf Stage: Music from Peter Weiss, the singing scientist
1:45 pm - Wharf Green Business certifications presented by City Council Member David Terrazas
2:00 pm - Fish cleaning and boat building demonstrations
4 pm - 4:45 pm Wharf Stage: Reggae with Animo


Presented by the Friends of Parks and Recreation and the Santa Cruz Wharf Outreach Network. Sponsored by the City of Santa Cruz, Bay Photo, Sandbar Solar and Electric, Lighthouse Bank, ZNA Communications, Tam Communications, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and the UCSC Sustainability Office and Student Volunteer Center. Co-sponsored by the Santa Cruz Sentinel, KCBA TV and KPIG 107.5 FM.

Location: City of Santa Cruz Parks and Rec, Santa Cruz Wharf, Santa Cruz Map
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Little Garden Patch Farm
Date: 05/18/2014 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 4-8
Details: Visit our farm and elebrate butterflies and other pollinators, pet the farm animals, play in the fairy garden...
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Date: Every day (May 19-May 21)
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Geron  As a public school English teacher, I deal with this issue all day, all year. There are no easy answers and there's plenty of blame to go around. But, as this story suggests, it all starts at home.

Most kids who are avid readers have parents who are avid readers. These kids had books in the cradle and books in their collections of toys. Reading was and is considered fun, a treat, a bonding experience, and a necessity. There was never any question about it. These kids, in turn, are the kids who get the best grades, learn science and math the best, and score the best on the oh-so-important standardized tests. Reading is everything.

An interesting paradox is that most of these avid readers are also the most computer literate. I have theories on that, too, but I'll spare you :).

Deborah I grew up in the 1960s in mostly segregated Washington, DC, and while neither of my parents read with me and my siblings, they set the example as readers. Also, neither of them were college educated. My mother was a high school dropout, my father worked as a janitor at Bolling Air Force. He used to bring home expired copies of Ebony, Jet, Life, Look, and National Geographic as well as comic books of all kinds. Also, when my mother used to do day work, her employer gave her books. My sisters and I devoured these, especially the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and I still remember feeling the walls of my closet to see if they opened up into Narnia. Reading feeds the imagination, and when parents don't serve the "meal" of reading early, they deprive children of this vitally necessary stimulant. Today, when I work at a university where many students struggle to recognize--much less compose--a simple, narrative sentence, I'm reminded of a comment made by a guest who appeared on the PBS Newshour after the study "A Nation at Risk" was released. He suggested that unless we improve our reading habits, the U.S. would soon consist of two groups: those who don't read and those who run things. His prediction appears to be coming true.

Anonymous  Raise you kids with time restrictions on entertainment hardware and
be a role-model, yourself: read lots of good books for your kids.
Let them use their own imagination, rather than take over those of cartoons or video-games.
Take them to classical concerts and to the library. Learn with them.
Let your child discover the good stuff first; less chance the trash will stick to them later.

 

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