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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

May 8, 2014
Happy Mother's Day
Day on the Farm, May 10
Annie Murphy Paul: Doing Things Differently

Steve: Play is the Secret Ingredient

Suki: Separating Individuals from the Crowd
SpeechRighter
Viva: Save Money On Organic Groceries
This Week
12th Annual Day on the Farm
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  Happy Mother's Day

(Holidays) MothersDayPresentWoof.jpgHappy Mother's Day to all the moms who take on the challenge of being a mom every day!

Of all my life roles, I found and continue to find being a mom to be one of the most satisfying.  More and more often, sweet memories and images pop into my mind.  Yesterday I saw a little boy with beautiful blonde curls jumping up and down in excitement.  That was my Jimmy, always the active adventurer.  Today James sends me copies of his creative and humorous marketing videos.  My daughter Whitney writes and sings songs that capture moments of our lives and shares her latest recordings with me.  My son Charlie is crazy about politics -we share ideas back and forth. 

Children come into our lives, bring us great joy, and the privilege of guiding them for a little while. Then they go off to find their own paths in ways we never could have imagined.  Although raising them is an 18 year 24/7 project, in the totality of our lives our close-together time is brief.  They take off on their own, yet they're still our children, we're still their moms. We forge new adult relationships. 

Not all moms are so blessed with a relatively normal family life.  If you know a mom who is a good person, yet has a difficult time as a mom, or a tragedy in her life as a mom, who has a sick child, has lost a child or had a child taken from her, reach out with kind words, give a hug, offer to spend some time together.  Be a friend and listener, especially on Mother's Day. 

On Sunday David Marin interviews Andrew Solomon, the author of Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, about parents with unusual children.  "Andrew Solomon tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so."  You can listen locally, and call in with questions or comments.

If you have a child who is challenged with any area of language skills, I highly recommend that you explore Cris Colip's Fast ForWord program.  I've known Cris and her remarkable work with children for over 20 years. Cris is a Speech-Language Pathologist who is additionally trained and certified in the Fast ForWord.

Have a lovely time with the family on Mother's Day! Parmalee

  Day on the Farm, May 10

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  Annie Murphy Paul: Doing Things Differently

Insight and Inspiration for People with Dyslexia

Earlier this week, I met with a remarkable man named Bill Brown. Bill is the director of the Eli Whitney Museum, an equally remarkable institution near my home in New Haven, Conn. "Museum" doesn't quite capture all that the Eli Whitney is and does. A kid's dream of a magical workshop—that comes a bit closer. Visit, and you'll see dozens of young people intently focused on projects they're making with their hands: sundials and robots and model ships, toys and games and useful objects of every description (click here for the museum's archived project designs).

What is most striking, aside from the sheer ingeniousness of the things they're making, is these kids' total absorption and engagement, and their quiet confidence in their own abilities (even as they operate scary-looking drills and other high-powered machines). That engagement and that confidence are crucial, because many of these young people don't get to experience those feelings very often outside of Eli Whitney's magical workshop. Many of the young people drawn to the museum have learning disabilities like dyslexia; school is a place where they feel stupid and incompetent. Bill Brown has created a place where they feel supremely able and accomplished, and justifiably so.

(Graphics) DyslexiaCanAffect.jpgIn honor of Bill, I want to share with you three pieces I've written about dyslexia. The first is about the special difficulties of English, and why there are many more dyslexic people in English-speaking countries than in countries in which the written language maps more closely onto the spoken one. The second article is about how people with dyslexia often have perceptual capacities that are superior to those of typical readers. And the third piece is about how new advances in typography and in technology can make it easier for people with dyslexia to read.

Could Dyslexia Be "Culturally Induced"?

The Surprising Upside of Dyslexia

Typography and Technology That Make Reading Easier


I hope you enjoy these perspectives on a condition that has affected so many of us: because we have dyslexia, or because we love people who do. As always, I welcome your feedback on my blog.

 

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  Steve: Play is the Secret Ingredient

(Photos General) SteveSpitalny.jpgEveryone wants their children to grow up into creative and confident adults, able to solve problems and resolve conflicts. Everyone wants their child's brain to develop to the fullest potential. I'm going to tell you a secret, though it is a secret that I wish everyone knew. President Obama, are you listening? The way to develop creativity and neural capacity is to give young children ample time for unstructured free, creative play. In spite of world wide trends in education, it is NOT through regimented testing-oriented academic programs for young children where they are instructed in how to spell and read and more - programs where there is no time for recess or inside play, no time for naps and even no time for rehearsed play performances.

There are many reasons why plentiful time for play is essential in a child's development. In the youngest children, play is how they grasp the world. Play gives the opportunity to explore the physical world around them and discover the processes and laws of nature. Through creative, unstructured, children can integrate into existence in the physical world. Play activities have an explorative, experimenting element that allows the child to make sense of the world around them.

A most important evolutionary function of play is finding out what is fun and fair or not-fair on the field of life. Read more >>>>

Steve was a kindergarten teacher at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School for 24 years, His book "Connecting with Young Children: Educating the Will" was published in 2012. Steve now offers workshops, coaching and mentoring in the U.S. and around the world. You can find him at Chamakanda.

 

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  Suki: Separating Individuals from the Crowd

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Before we had children, my husband and I thought that the G-word ("gifted") was funny at best, elitist and misguided at worst.

Then we had kids.

Anyone who has a developmentally disabled child knows that their child is different, sometimes from the day that child is born. Other people know, it, too. While the parents learn to reset their expectations and raise the child they got with love and compassion, the people around them get a quick education in valuing individual human lives. Every decent person learns to accept, at the least, and hopefully cherish the child for his or her own self. Though parents sometimes grumble about other parents wanting "special privileges" for their developmentally disabled children, in general we all abide by the rule of not criticizing the parents for the child they got.

Not so when it comes to gifted children, however.

Parents of gifted kids hear all manner of nasty things, including (but not limited to):  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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  Viva: Save Money On Organic Groceries

(Photos General) VivaGravatar.jpgIf you're trying to tighten your budget, but you prefer buying organic food, you might be left feeling like it's impossible to save money and eat well at the same time. Organic food nearly always costs more than conventionally grown food (and for good reason- the farmers have to spend more money, and work a lot harder, to grow fruits and vegetables naturally, instead of relying on chemical pesticides and fertilizers). Nonetheless, there are still ways to save on organic food, and one important way is to buy your food through a "Community Supported Agriculture" subscription, or "CSA," where you can end up saving anywhere from 10-40% off of grocery store prices. Read more>>>>

Viva is a local mother of two and writes about saving money, "I started The Daily Citron in 2009, when I was determined to learn more about how to manage my money so that I could spend it on what I wanted to spend it on instead of watching it be frittered away on debt payments." You can find more of her articles on The Daily Citron.

  This Week

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Tara Redwood School, Preschool-5th, Open House 5/8

 

Waldorf K-9, Morning in the Kindergarten 5/17

 

Orchard School K-6, Mayfaire & Open House 5/17


Mount Madonna PreK-12, Campus Tour 5/21

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 12th Annual Day on the Farm

Agricultural History Project
Hayrides, Horses, Crafts, Games, and Fun!
Date: 5/10 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All   Admission Fees: $2
Special Instructions: Children under 1 years old are free

(Photos General) AgHistory_TractorRide.jpgThe Agricultural History Project is hosting the Annual Day On The Farm to celebrate the history of good old-fashioned farming on Saturday, May 10 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Highway 152 outside Watsonville. This event is $2 per person. Children under 1 year old are free. Donations are also appreciated. Bring your whole neighborhood to participate!

This year the 4-H Fair will be at Day on the Farm. The 4-H will have a poultry show, exhibits, a dessert silent auction and more. And when you get hungry, you can purchase something delicious from their luncheon menu.

(Photos General) AgHistory_3LeggedRace.jpgChildren and adults will be able to grind corn, pump water, churn butter, make ice cream, watch horseshoeing, play old-fashioned games with stilts and hoops, chalk drawing, and all the other activities we will have available! We'll also have our special tractor driving for both kids and grownups.

The 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. From 2pm - 3pm some lucky attendees will be able to drive the horses around the Gazebo with experienced teamsters assisting.

(Photos General) AgHistory_clydesdales.jpgIn addition to the horses, you will also be able to see rabbits, lambs, goats, chickens, and alpacas from Rock Star Alpacas.

"Day on the Farm is one of our biggest events of the year. People of all ages have a great time participating in the activities of daily farm life of yesterday, 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.


Location: Santa Cruz County Fairgroun, 2601 E. Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 724-5898 •website Watsonville

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