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May 17, 2012


Viva: Traveling Checklists Part 1

Suki: Abyss the Darkling Beetle

Science Fun with Christine: Solar eclipse Sunday.5/20

Second Annual Rejuvenation Festival
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Celebrate Artichokes!
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(Graphics) Origami_assortment.jpgA friend and I visited the origami exhibit at UCSC.  It was beautiful, inspiring and amazing. I realized that children could do simple patterns like the cranes.  Children who are attracted to numbers and/or art would enjoy the mathematical and engineering challenges. 

It's beneficial for us humans to intersperse action times and calming activities.  Teaching children handwork skills such as knitting, needlepoint, weaving, sewing, painting et.al. calms the mind, hands and bodies.

Consider introducing a handwork skill now so that this summer you can expand on it.  We found a website, Happy Folding.com, to get you started on origami.

Have a lovely weekend, Parmalee

 

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  Viva: Traveling Checklists Part 1

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Using "packing checklists" to prepare for travel is a great way to prevent unnecessary purchases while on vacation.  I've had to buy everything from disposable razors to socks to tennis shoes because of packing amnesiaAnd it never feels good to spend your traveling "fun money" on things you already own at home.  But travel checklists are a great way to make sure nothing is forgotten- each item is checked off as it is packed. Packing checklists are especially helpful for family travel- each family member gets their own checklist printed out for them to use.  Parents can then see which items still need to be packed for each kid.

Since we're nearing the start of travel season here in the U.S.  it seemed like a great time to do a four-part series on travel checklists, with free downloadable forms included.  Part I is the general packing checklist for adults- basically, everything except toiletries (beauty and hygiene products), which have their own checklist in Part II.  The kids' checklist is in Part III.  And Part IV is a road trip checklist.

So, back to Part I: The General Packing Checklist.  It includes your important documents (passport, cash, etc), your electronics (laptop, camera, mobile phone, iPod...), your clothes, your jewelry, and your entertainment (books, diary, etc).  I created a customizable packing checklist that includes each item within those categories, with check boxes next to them.  When you look at the checklist you might think, "Isn't it excessive to list "cell phone" and "cell phone charger" "headset" separately, each with their own check box?"  My answer is, "No."  If you just list "Cell phone, etc" with one check box, I can pretty much guaranty you that someone using the list will forget one of the accessory items.  Maybe the only "someone" to do that would be me.  But, maybe not.

Get the free checklist...

Visit Viva at the Daily Citron for more frugal tips and finds.

 

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  Suki: Abyss the Darkling Beetle

(Photos General) SukiRedHead_138.jpgOne of the cool things about homeschooling is that you can incorporate your life into your learning... and your learning into your life. This is a case of the first instance.

My nine-year-old daughter insisted on picking up a large black beetle when we were hiking at Pogonip and bringing it back with us. She has always enjoyed keeping bugs captive and studying their behavior. This one, however, has worked out more longterm - she's survived 5 weeks. We've all come to have quite an affection for the little creature, who eats oats, does tricks like walking a tightrope (though not on command), and seems to enjoy crawling all over my daughter's arm.

Following is the "assignment" my daughter completed based on Abyss and research she did. Note that I didn't have to "assign" this at all - I made a suggestion that she could do something with the research she'd done on Abyss, and this is what she came up with. It was the perfect homeschooling moment. Read more...

You can read more of Suki's commentaries at Avant Parenting.

 
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  Science Fun with Christine: Solar eclipse Sunday.5/20

Solar eclipse Sunday.  Special eclipse Sunday.  This isn't a total eclipse, or a partial eclipse.  It is an annular eclipse.  It will start around 5:30 PM PDT on the West Coast of the US.  It will be total around 6:30 PM PDT on the West Coast.  If you are somewhere else, check the links below for better times for you. 

Here is a map showing the area of annularity, but you still get a great view of a partial eclipse outside the area.  Let's discuss terms.  Any solar eclipse has the moon between the earth and sun. This is like putting your hand in front of your face to block something.  A partial eclipse has the moon off-center so it only cuts off part of the sun.  A total eclipse has the moon at just the correct distance and location to completely block the sun.  Annular eclipses happen when the moon is at the correct location to block the sun, but is somewhere around its' furthest distance from the earth. The moon is too small to cover the sun, but will be a bulls-eye on the solar disk.  This will create a ring of sunshine around the sun.  Again, you only see the ring in a small area and the eclipse is partial in other areas.

There are lots of ways to have fun even if you are outside the ring area.  It is still a partial eclipse for a wide region.  Watch for shadows.  If you look at any shadows (tree branches), you can see the shape of the sun.  Weird stuff.  Of course you don't look directly at the sun without protection.  A welder's mask works, or there are solar filters.  You can do something as simple as a pinhole in a piece of paper.  Shine the sunlight through the hole onto something easy to view (another piece of paper or smooth ground) and you can see the eclipse.  Read more>>>

More posts at Science Fun with Christine Cockey, local scientist and mom.

 

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  Second Annual Rejuvenation Festival

Santa Cruz Rejuvenation Festival
Free Festival Features Children's Musician Peter Alsop & Mickey Magic
May 19-May 20, 10am -5pm

The Second Annual Rejuvenation Festival offers great family entertainment on two stages: music, drumming, dance performances, and children's entertainment, plus sustainable living workshops, free on-going yoga classes, an Eco-Fair, and healthy food.

Children will enjoy singer-songwriter Peter Alsop, winner of eight Best Children's Album awards (May 20 at 3 pm), Santa Cruz's Mickey Magic (May 19 at noon), Deborah Simon of Storytalk, musical storyteller Marya Stark, puppet shows by Kathleen Avalon, and music by the Mystic Truebudoors.

The main stage will feature the legendary Charles Neville, and Grammy nominee, Jamaican recording artist Sister Carol, and many more acts.

For schedule of events, visit: rejuvenationfestival.com

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 Celebrate Artichokes!

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Artichokes fried, sauteed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh, and creamed in soup and much more!
May 19 - 20  ~  $5 - $10  ~  Castroville, CA

SATURDAY 10am - 6pm. SUNDAY 10am - 5pm

AWARDS PRESENTATION 4:30 P.M.

TICKETS ON SALE at the Door $10 Adults/$5 Active Miltary, Seniors and Children (4-12) $5.00. Children 3 and under free.

AGRO ART Competition: AGRO art is 3-dimensional fruit and vegetable artwork. This quirky competition fosters imagination, creativity and fun for both participants and the viewing public.
PARADE: Our sanctioned parade is one of the largest and most colorful of its kind.
MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT: Two days of live music! Everything from Swing to Mariachi, Country to 50's Rock & Roll.
CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES: Games, face paints, clowns, stilt walkers, puppets and more!
FOOD: Artichokes fried, sautéed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh, and creamed in soup. Plus foods from the many ethnic groups that give this area its character.
COOKING DEMOS: The area's finest showcase the versatility and unique techniques for preparing and using artichokes.
WINE TASTING: Sample the best from the area's award winning producers.
ARTS & CRAFTS: Unique gifts and apparel crafted by artisans from throughout the country. Plus artichoke souvenirs galore!
FARMERS MARKET: Artichokes and more, fresh from the heart of the salad bowl.
FIELD TOURS: Hop a bus to the artichoke patch for grower talks and photo ops.

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