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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

May 16, 2013

A Day on the Farm

Suki: Coddling, Indulging, Nurturing, Supporting
Holistic Family Nutrition
Christine: Brain Connections

Great Resources for Teachers & Parents from Nicola Call
Rejuvenation Festival
This Week
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(Photos General) AgHistory_clydesdales.jpgThis is one of those weekends when there is so much to do that we simply have to make a choice.  There's a Day at the Farm  and the Rejuvenation Festival, a  Cyrano play for children, a wonderful Mad Hatter Tea Party, spring youth springs concert, the Artichoke Festival, a Greek Food Faire and a Spring Dog Festival.  Plus there are some new park activities.

Thank heavens for those creative people who teach and read and practice what they read about and then pull it all together in a "formula" for the rest of us to learn and practice.  Remember Nicola Call will be in town June 5!  Today's newsletter tells you how she traveled from childhood to teacher extraordinaire to author and speaker. Teachers and parents alike will not want to miss her, but you must make a reservation!

There is so much new information coming to light about our brains that it is mind-boggling how amazing our brains are.  It just tickles my fancy how Christina has found some research on how our brain interprets laughter and it occurs to me that we need a whole lot of laughter in this journey through life.

 Have a joyous weekend with your families, Parmalee

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  A Day on the Farm

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Agricultural History Project is hosting the Annual Day On The Farm to celebrate the history of good old-fashioned farming on Saturday, May 18 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Highway 152 outside Watsonville. This event is FREE! Donations appreciated. Bring your whole neighborhood to participate!

"The kids - and the adults - all love making ice cream, churning butter, trying out milking our practice cows, and the hayrides pulled by Clydesdales!" said Gloria Van Dierendonck, co-organizer along with Lynne Grossi for the event this year.

(Photos General) AgHistoryDayontheFarmHorses.jpgThe tractor rodeo will be at 1:00 pm with trophies and ribbons! And a team of Clydesdale draft horses will be giving hayrides between 11:00 am and 2 pm. And 2pm - 4pm some lucky attendees will be able to drive the horses around the Gazebo with experienced teamsters assisting.

Children and adults will be able to grind corn, pump water, churn butter, make ice cream, watch sheep shearing, play old-fashioned games with stilts and hoops, chalk drawing, and all the other activities we will have available! We're also gathering stories this year from all ages on your experiences and thoughts about farming.

(Photos General) AgHistory_3LeggedRace.jpg"Day on the Farm is one of our biggest events of the year. People of all ages have a great time participating in everything we have set up, as well as wandering through the exhibits on the history of agriculture here in Pajaro Valley." said John Kegebein, CEO of the Agricultural History Project.

You can walk over to the Pajaro Valley Chamber Car and Motorcycle Show and take a look at all the pre-1973 cars and trucks and any-year motorcycles that have been brought to the show.

And when you get hungry you can purchase delicious BBQ sausages, hot dogs, drinks, and sweets from the Santa Cruz County Fair Heritage Foundation.

The Agricultural History Project revitalizes our connection with farms and ranches by creating fun events for families, stimulating discussions on current issues, and thoughtful displays of our history with the land. Look for additional annual events such as Yesterday's Farm during the Santa Cruz County Fair in September.

The Santa Cruz County Fair Heritage Foundation raises funds and conducts public relations activities on behalf of the Santa Cruz County Fair and it's programs - making it possible for our county to enjoy the fun and community of an old-fashioned fair.

 

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  Suki: Coddling, Indulging, Nurturing, Supporting

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I notice that parents are often accused of a variety of things. (You name it, we've been accused of it.) Parents of unusual children, particularly, are singled out for criticism. Recently I interviewed parents for an article about advocating for special needs, and this is something I've been hearing over and over again: "People don't understand that it's not just bad parenting."

Let's admit it: When you had your little darling in preschool and he was the world's biggest angel, wasn't there a little tiny voice down in there that kept telling you that he was such an angel because you were doing a good job? And didn't that voice tell you to wonder whether that other mom, whose son had just bashed your son over the head with a baking pan, was perhaps not such a good mom as you?

Of course you did. And I know you did, because I was you. I was a dedicated reader of parenting books, and I knew that kids are difficult. But my first one had an important attribute: he was seldom difficult in public. So I will freely admit that I wondered, when I saw other little kids misbehaving, whether it might not be a case of-dare I say this?-bad parenting.

Then my next one came along.

She was darling in many ways, but good behavior in public was not, we will all admit, her forte. She was an unusual child, and she had an unusually difficult time maintaining socially acceptable behaviors in public. All of a sudden, I was on the other side. I saw the looks; I heard the comments. I noticed that we were not invited to birthday parties. I had become The Bad Parent.

But here I am, the same person. Mom of the angel, mom of the devil.

Which leads me to coddling and indulging...continued>>>

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  Christine: Brain Connections

(Photos General) LaughingBaby.jpgIt turns out that our brain can see the difference between different types of laughter. So apparently, laughter isn't laughter to our brain. Sinister overtones may ensue. . .

This paper is very interesting. The researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to look at what the brain was doing during different types of laughter.

Tickling laughter is really more of a physical response. Joy and teasing require cultural information in order to see how a situation is funny. More brain areas turn on in these types of laughter situations since the brain needs to dig out enough information to see if something is funny. However, the brain does distinguish between joy and teasing (the paper actually calls it mocking).

Who knows if this will ever be useful. However, every bit of info we can tease out about the brain will be a piece in the great puzzle.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130508172133.htm

 

Click here for more science with scientist and mom, Christine Cockey.

 

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  Great Resources for Teachers & Parents from Nicola Call
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In The ALPS Approach - Accelerated Learning in Primary Schools, Nicola Call takes the research collected by Alistair Smith and shows how it can be used to great effect in the classroom. In over 280 pages, The ALPS Approach provides lots of practical and accessible examples of strategies that can be used to raise standards in schools.

Featured in many publications for its focus on classroom strategies that could invigorate teaching and learning, this book provides a wealth of practical and creative ideas to raise student motivation and self-esteem.

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The ALPS Resource Book is structured carefully to extend the theoretical and practical advice given in The ALPS Approach and provide hands-on materials for those who work with children.

Nicola Call and Alistair Smith provide over 1000 useful ideas that foster creativity while relating current brain-based learning research and theory to practice.

Nicola Call lives in the sunshine of Northern California with her husband, three children, and a menagerie of various pets. But her heart will always be back in England, where she spent her childhood either dreaming about horses or reading stories about them. When she wasn't reading, Nicola was writing, so it was no surprise to anyone that she ended up majoring in English Literature at London University.

After completing her post-graduate studies in education, Nicola started teaching in London's inner city schools, where her joy and creativity in the classroom became infectious. Her work was soon being noted and quoted in educational publications. She moved swiftly into management positions in several different schools, but it was in the classroom that she found most satisfaction, as she researched and read voraciously to match theory with the results she was seeing.

As Nicola put theories such as those of brain-based learning, multiple intelligences and emotional intelligence into practice, the results astounded her. Most significant, to Nicola, was the impact of her creative teaching methods upon student motivation and attitude. "Often, at the beginning of the year, many children were de-motivated, challenging in behavior, and lacking in confidence. By the end, they were bringing me high school science books and asking me to explain the work to them - just for fun!"

Nicola soon joined forces with Alistair Smith, one of the first UK trainers in accelerated learning techniques, combining Alistair's training and research expertise with her classroom experience and background as a writer. The result was Nicola's first book, ALPS - Accelerated Learning in Primary Schools, followed by The ALPS Approach Resource Book. "I wish ALPS had been around at the start of my career," says Nicola. "It is full of all the practical ideas that took me years to accumulate, along with the theory that I had to glean from many books and hours of reading."

Next, Nicola collaborated with Sally Featherstone to write The Thinking Child, which relates the theory of brain-based learning to the Early Years. The Thinking Child, now in its second edition (Continuum-Bloomsbury, 2010) was accompanied by The Thinking Child Resource Book, giving practitioners a wealth of creative suggestions to link the latest research in brain development to the best early years practice. Most importantly, The Thinking Child stresses giving young children the independence and freedom to discover things for themselves, with a strong emphasis on play. "One of the things I am most proud of," says Nicola, "is the number of practitioners who tell me how The Thinking Child gave them confidence to be creative in the classroom."

Nicola's love of children's fiction led to her next project, a series of picture books that explore the simple, everyday challenges that face young children. Again, co-authored with Sally Featherstone, the first four titles in this series, My Best Friend, Max's First Day, What Natasha Can Do, and My Big Brother, are due for release by Bloomsbury Publishing in February 2013 under the series title Dealing With Feelings.

Nicola always has several writing projects on the go at any one time. Her current favorite WIP (work in progress) is DorkBoy, a novel for middle grade readers, She is also enjoying working on more picture books alongside a series of short chapter books for younger readers, entitled Ian's Inventions. Nicola is often found scribbling down ideas for stories about horses. If she completed some horse novels it would greatly please her children, who think these would be far more interesting than her books about education.

Want to learn more about Nicola Call? NicolaCall.com  Bookshop Santa Cruz is glad to order any of these books for you.

 (Books/Products) Book_TheThinkingChild.jpg The Thinking Child considers the most recent research into the brain and learning, and offers practical advice on how to reflect these findings in the classroom. The Thinking Child gives guidance on current challenges facing practitioners, such as dealing with stressed and over-scheduled children, ensuring inclusion, and addressing practical issues that might arise in different settings. It offers advice on implementing statutory requirements while maintaining the right balance between child-initiated and adult-led activities.  (Books/Products) Book_TheThinkingChildResourceBook.jpg The Thinking Child Resource Book is fully updated with reference to initiatives including the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Every Child Matters. The Thinking Child Resource Book has become an indispensable resource for early years practitioners of all settings, while also appealing to trainee teachers and parents.  
  Rejuvenation Festival

Wild Animals, Music, and Tricks, Oh My!

(Special Event Images / Graphics) ZootoYou_13.jpg3rd Annual Santa Cruz Rejuvenation Festival is May 18

What do wild animals, children's music, and a magic show have in common? You'll find them all at the 3rd Annual Santa Cruz Rejuvenation Festival on Saturday, May 18 at San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz from 10 am to 8 pm. Admission is FREE.

Highlights of the Festival include entertainment on 3 stages (Kids', Main,  Drum & Dance), huge Eco-Faire, all day yoga classes, alternative healing village, conscious kid zone, organic food, and more. 

Here are 3 of the great acts on the Kids' Stage: ZOO TO YOU will give your child will get an up-close educational experience about conservation and meet 5 wild animals! (Photos General) LindaArnoldandPuppet.jpgLINDA ARNOLD, the "Mary Poppins of Children's Music" is a Santa Cruz treasure and national music award-winner, Linda Arnold has combined her pure soprano voice with fantasy-based songs to the delight of children and their parents for decades.  AMAZING ZAP JACKSON will entertain and mystify you with his creative, spell-binding illusions.

You'll also enjoy Native American storytelling, face painting, and much more!

See website for Kids Stage Schedule and the GREAT ENTERTAINMENT LINE-UP on the Main Stage and Drum & Dance Stage featuring a wide range of music from Reggae to Inner Light Choir to Watsonville Taiko: www.RejuvenationFestival.com

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 Rejuvenation Festival for Families!
Mad Hatter Tea Party
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Family fun for all - come in a wild, adventurous fancy hat
Saturday, 5/18 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: Free

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Dress in your fanciest hat and best garden party attire to win prizes provided by the Hat Co. and Play It Again Sports.


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