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May 3, 2013


Suki: Helping Teens Navigate MOOCS

Christine: Mom's Arms Best for Babies

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Happy May!

This acronym was news to me: "A MOOC (massive open online course) is an online course aiming at large-scale interactive participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for the students, professors, and TAs. MOOCs are a recent development in distance education." 

I've been taking an online American History course from Hillsdale College because way back when, I most certainly did not have the maturity nor did I have the interest to absorb that kind of information, and I had a "good education".  My parents expected the schools to (BUILT IN) (Icons/Graphics) Text_CampGuideLogo.jpgdo the academic educating.  They were busy going to work and managing a large family.

Today's parents need to be a whole lot more engaged for several reasons. Read Suki's story about her family's involvement in MOOCS and home schooling.

Or simply have fun clicking on some of the fun events for this weekend and next week.  There's a free Bluegrass concert Saturday afternoon.  See you there?

Parmalee

 

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  Suki: Helping Teens Navigate MOOCS

(Photos General) SukiWessling2013.jpg One of the well-known phenomenons of homeschooling is that kids tend to become accelerated in their areas of passion. No longer being held back by the offerings of school-and the low expectations of many educators-even if they aren't academically advanced in general they often soar ahead in their favorite subjects.
At the end of the day, a MOOC is still just a talking head on a screen. It takes human interaction to facilitate the deepest and most important learning.

For my son, that subject is computer science. His big motivation for homeschooling is having more free time, and what he does with that free time is program, read about programming, and see what other programmers are doing. When he was younger, he read through any computer manual that someone would hand down to him. He blew through every programming class aimed at kids even before we found them, so that every time we found a new option, it no longer suited him. Finally, we enrolled him in some online courses through our local community college, which were bland but got him used to the way classes worked.

This year, we decided to try out MOOCs. In case you don't know (in which case, I'm concerned about that cave you're living in!), MOOCs are the latest thing that will change the future of education. Yes, iPads are SO 2012...Continued>>>>>>>

 

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  Christine: Mom's Arms Best for Babies

(Photos General) CarynSleeping.jpgEver had a baby crying? (Rhetorical question) You pick it up and it immediately stops. You walk around a little, pat it, jiggle it, and then put it down. It immediately starts crying again. You repeat the process. At the third or fourth time, you are frustrated. There are many experts to tell you how to do it right - whatever you are doing wrong. Now some different experts say that this is just the way babies are wired. You aren't doing anything wrong.

Researchers looked at mice and humans. When these babies are picked up by their mommies, an automatic calming reflex is triggered. They automatically stop moving and (usually) stop crying. Their heartbeat also drops. These scientists believe that these responses may be automatic in order to make it easier for the mother to carry the baby.

Interestingly enough, these researchers thought of this when they were cleaning out mice cages. One picked up a baby the same way that a mommy would pick it up and it immediately stopped crying and curled up and was still. The lightbulb went off in her head and she investigated this in both mice and humans. These people were able to see that a place in the brain activates and makes these changes when mommy picks up a baby.

So, don't be frustrated at the way your baby responds to being set down. And don't think you are spoiling your baby by picking it up. This is really good to know. It is also nice to know that you can relax a child by just picking it up. but, we mommies already knew that.   Read more!>>>

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

 

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ALL SCHOOL EVENTS MAY


Waldorf School K-8, MayFaire 5/4


Santa Cruz High School, Jazz Under the Oaks 5/5


Santa Cruz Children's School K-6, Open House 5/7


Waldorf School K-6, A Walk Through the Grades 5/8


Chartwell School K-8, Helping Develop Social Schools in Children with Learning Disabilities 5/8


Orchard School K-6, May Faire 5/11


Mount Madonna School PreK-12, Campus Tour Day 5/15


Chartwell School K-8, Open House 5/18


Santa Cruz Parent Education Nursery School, Open House 5/18


Santa Cruz Montessori Pre-K-8, Yard Sale 5/18

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 Families in Nature Seasonal Adventures

(Photos General) NearyLagoon_Kingfisher.jpgSPRING ADVENTURE May 4, 9-noon

Pre-registration requested... REGISTER NOW!
Free for Museum members | Non-members: $10 adults, $5 youth

Our Spring field trip will explore Neary Lagoon. Be sure to bring field gear and get ready for hands-on activities as we learn about this important city open space.

 

 

Families in Nature Summer Saturday series

This summer join our family program featuring live animals, games and crafts!

Free with admission: $4 adults, $2 seniors
Kids and Museum members free - Children must be accompanied by an adult.

June 22 - Sensational Snakes
Sssssssslip on over to the Museum to learn about local and exotic snakes. Hold live snakes and hear stories from local reptile expert Paul Haskins. Drop in: 11am - 2pm.

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Come connect with traditional ways and learn about the Ohlone people who lived in our area for thousands of years. Play native games, make crafts of natural materials and listen to storytelling in our outdoor amphitheater.
Two shows: 11:00 am & 12:30 pm.

July 27 - Beautiful Bats
The Bat Conservancy of Coastal California brings live bats to the Museum! Come by to hear about these fascinating flying mammals and make a fun bat craft.
Drop in: 11am - 2 pm.

August 10 - Native Bird Connections
Live raptors will visit the Museum amphitheater. Come observe and learn about these amazing predators.
Two shows: 11:00 am & 12:30 pm.

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