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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

November 1, 2018

November Promises

Using Folktales to Teach Logical Reasoning

You Love to Read... and Discuss!

Ask Nicole: Giving Thanks

Fun Events!
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  November Promises

(0 A November 2018) ChildReadingWindowseat.jpgI'm glad November is here with all its promises of a good balance of indoor/outdoor activities and approaching holidays! After a refreshing hike in the redwoods or a walk along the water's edge at the beach, children are ready to settle in with a good book, or a "make it" project. Parents too! Reading parents inspire reading children.

Children love to get cozy with a blanket and a good book or creative with an art or science or cooking project. I'm thinking of fall recipes, like soups, stews, one dish meals. How about you?

School is in full swing. If you are considering all your options for a best school fit, now is a great time to visit. Choose several schools to visit. I've always found that upon entering a school I can get a good sense of the environment. Of course it takes listening, asking questions and observing to get a real feel for a school.

You seek an educational path that closely matches your family values, so think carefully about what you want for your children, and consider that each child may have different needs for a best fit. Another "gage" for examining a school is their literature syllabus, one for every grade, preschool through 12th grade. Ask to see a copy. What program do they use to teach math, science? How much art and music is offered. How do they teach history and what is the sequence by grade? Is there a planned geography curriculum? How often do the children get outside for free play? ETC.! Choosing the best educational path for each of your children is one of the most important choices you will ever make. Take your time and ruminate over your options.

Have a great weekend with the family. Parmalee

 

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  Using Folktales to Teach Logical Reasoning

By Nicole Gutnayer

(0 A November 2018) Book_HowSnakeGotHisHiss.jpgLogical reasoning is more than interpreting patterns, number sequences, and the relationships between shapes in math-it can also be successfully integrated into language arts. The underlying skill of divergent thinking can be developed in young students through the process of writing a creative pourquoi -a folktale that explains how or why something came to be.

There's a strong need for educators to take a multidisciplinary approach to teaching logical reasoning skills to students starting at a young age. American students fall significantly behind their peers in other developed nations when it comes to their ability to problem-solve and use divergent thinking skills: On the creative problem-solving portion of the Programme for International Student Assessment in 2012, nearly 10 percent of students in Singapore and Korea performed well enough to be "highly skilled problem solvers," while only 2.7 percent of American students earned that ranking.

Using Pourquoi Tales to Foster Logical Reasoning

A pourquoi (French for "why") is a terrific way to cultivate problem-solving and divergent thinking-core skills of logical reasoning-in the student learning framework. Logical reasoning is associated with the capacity to generate alternative ideas, and pourquois involve creating alternative ideas to explain a natural phenomenon in the world (e.g., why stars shine at night or how zebras got stripes).

Pourquois are further a fun and playful way for students to apply inductive and deductive reasoning skills-they can identify conditional reasoning premises like "if P, then Q" in these tales (e.g., if the lion fires an arrow at the raincloud, rain will fall down). This is interesting. Read more>>>

Read-aloud pourquoi tales:

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  You Love to Read... and Discuss!

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Do you love to read? Want to share your thoughts and ideas with others? Join a book discussion group! By the way, the Library also has book discussion groups for kids. Check out the library's online calendar for dates, times, and details.

Capitola Book Discussion Group The Capitola Book Discussion Group will meet at the Aptos Library during construction of the new Capitola Library. All adults are welcome. For more information, call (831) 427-7702. Meets: Every first Wednesday of the month, 10:00am

Aptos Library Book Discussion Group All adults are welcome to participate in the Aptos Library Book Discussion group. Reading selections will be made by the group with an emphasis on thought provoking fiction and challenging non-fiction. For more information contact the Aptos library at (831) 427-7702. Facilitator: Judy McNeely. Meets: Every second Thursday of the month, 1:00p-2:30pm

Boulder Creek Book Discussion Group Join us at the Boulder Creek Library! Meets: Every third Thursday, 11:00am

Felton, Reading in the Redwoods book group meets monthly at the Felton Library, reading contemporary books chosen by the members. Copies of each month's book are available at the Felton branch library. To be added to our bookgroup email list, please call 831-427-3151. Meets: On the fourth Wednesday of the month, 6:15pm. Due to the Nov. and Dec. holidays, there is no meeting in November. We meet instead on the first Wednesday in December.

(0 A November 2018) BookClub_ladies.jpgLa Selva Beach Book Discussion Group meets monthly to discuss contemporary fiction, making selections based on the preferences of individuals in the book group. The LSB Book Discussion Group meets at the La Selva Beach Branch Library. Join us by dropping by, or call (831) 427-7710 for more information. Meets: Every second Thursday, 10:30 - 11:30am

La Selva Beach, Passionate Readers Book Discussion Group meets monthly to discuss contemporary fiction, making selections based on the preferences of individuals in the book group. The Passionate Readers Group meets at the La Selva Beach Branch Library. Drop by, or call (831) 427-7710 for more information. Meets: Every fourth Thursday 10:30 - 11:30am

Live Oak Library Book Group Reading selections will be made by the group with an emphasis on thought provoking fiction and challenging non-fiction. Check with the front desk staff or call 427-7711 for the current month's book selection. Meets: Second Friday of the month 2-3pm

Scotts Valley, The Genre Book Club will choose a different genre (fiction, science fiction, mystery, historical fiction, biography, non-fiction, to discuss at each meeting.  Meets: Last Thursday of each month, 7pm

Scandinavian Cultural Center Book Club: Exploring Our Roots Through Literature  The group's focus is on works depicting historical and cultural aspects of Scandinavian life. Registration is not required. Meeting dates are listed on the Cultural Center calendar. For more information contact Duane at email.santacruz@gmail.com.

The Literature of the Middle East and the Diaspora Book Group  The Chai Circle: Politics, Prose and Poems from the Islamic World/Diaspora meets monthly in and around Santa Cruz.

Resources for Your Book Club

BookBrowse offers a wealth of resources for book clubs, including: Top 10 Book Club Recommendations, advice, reading guides, online book discussions, book club interviews - and much, much more. Free for patrons - just login with your library card!

SCPL Book Club How-to's  Printable Library brochure with tips for setting up a book discussion group. Also lists resources that are helpful in finding new books--and in researching authors.

 

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  Ask Nicole: Giving Thanks

By Nicole M. Young, MSW

I often start this monthly column with a true story about my experiences as a parent. Writing about my own parenting challenges is like giving myself free therapy. I relive memories of difficult situations, work through my emotions in a safe environment (my office, with a lot of coffee), find the humor in nearly every parenting struggle I've ever faced, then end up feeling proud that I've managed to figure things out and have ended up with two amazing kids. Now that's something to be thankful for.

Dear Nicole,  I know this isn't your typical parenting question, but can you share some ideas for being thankful and staying positive? I get upset every time I read or hear the news these days and become very worried about the kind of world my kids are growing up in. My partner tells me to focus on the positive and be thankful for what we have, but that's hard for me to do. I could use some ideas. Thanks.     Josh

Dear Josh, This is a perfect time of year to remind ourselves of the things we're thankful for. Researchers have found that people who are thankful tend to feel happier, be healthier, be able to handle challenging situations, and build strong relationships. The good news is we don't have to wait for big celebrations or material gifts to practice being thankful. Here are some ideas to try:

(0 A November 2018) ThankyouDadSon.jpgIdentify at least one thing you are thankful for each day. It can be something big and significant - like getting a new job or a promotion - or something that seems small but makes you smile - like waking up to a fresh pot of coffee or getting hugs from your children. When you start identifying one thing you're thankful for each day, you're more likely to become aware of and focus on other things that make you feel grateful, peaceful, content, or happy.

Build a list of the things you're thankful for. Write down the things you're thankful for each day. As the list grows, use it to remind yourself of the things that feel good or are going well in your life. This can help counteract the strong emotions that come up when you hear about or experience negative or stressful events.

Thank your partner for the things they do for the family. It's common for parents to get so busy with work, managing kids' schedules, paying the bills, and keeping up with housework that they forget to notice each other. Saying a simple and sincere "thank you" when your partner does things like make a meal or handles a child's tantrum is a great way to show you notice and appreciate their efforts. This can make your partner more likely to notice and appreciate your everyday efforts, too.

Express your appreciation to other people who make your life easier or more enjoyable. This could include friends, family, and neighbors who provide physical, emotional, spiritual, or other types of support when you need it. It could also include child care providers, teachers, bus drivers, health care providers, librarians, faith leaders, cashiers, wait staff - and anyone else that does something kind or helpful for you and your family. There's a good chance you'll make someone's day, just by showing you appreciate their work.

(0 A November 2018) ThankYouMomSonFlower.jpgSet a good example for your children by giving thanks to them and in front of them. One of the ways that children learn how to get along, cooperate, and problem-solve with others is by watching, listening to, and imitating people around them. Let your children overhear you thanking your partner and other people. When your children do something that is kind or helpful, say "Thank you," and tell them what you are thanking them for. This is a form of giving descriptive praise, which is a helpful parenting strategy that encourages children to do more of the positive behavior.

(0 A November 2018) Thank_washingdishes.jpgFinal Thoughts: Take time to pause and reflect on the things that are going well and make you feel content. When we make thankfulness a daily habit, it can improve our own physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. And being thankful is usually contagious - like smiling and yawning. The more we give thanks, the more others will, too. That's an idea worth spreading.

This monthly column provides tips for anyone who is helping raise children, based on the world-renowned Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, available to families in Santa Cruz County. If you have a question or idea for a future column, email me at triplep@first5scc.org.

Nicole Young is the mother of two children, ages 14 and 18, who also manages Santa Cruz County's Triple P - Positive Parenting Program.  Triple P is made available locally by First 5 Santa Cruz County, the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency (Mental Health Services Act) and the Santa Cruz County Human Services Department. To find a Triple P parenting class or practitioner, visit http://triplep.first5scc.org.

 

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  Fun Events!
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Gateway School K-8, Kindy Visit Day 11/3

 

Gateway School K-8, School Day Tours 11/6

 

Expedition Academy Middle School, Coffee and Q & A 11/8

 

Mount Madonna School PreK-12, Panel Discussion with Veterans 11/9

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, Art and Play in the PreK11/14

 

Expedition Academy Middle School, Open Studio 11/15

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Fiesta de Dia de Los Muertos

Nov. 2, 4-7:30pm

Plaza at Main St

Watsonville

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CARMELA FULL OF WISHES
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Arts Council SC County
Date: 11/05/2018 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Details: A fun-filled family event-including visual arts, theater activities, and food
City: Watsonville view all details >>
     
The Addams Family Musical
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  The Addams Family Musical
Aptos High
Date: Every Su, Th, Fri and Sa (Oct 27-Nov 3)
Details:
City: Aptos view all details >>
     
Bay Area Science Festival Discovery Day
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Bay Area Teen Science
Date: 11/03/2018 from 11:00am to 4:30am
Details: Dynamic demonstrations, engaging experiments, geeky games and astounding activities for all ages!
City: San Francisco view all details >>
     
Kid's Tool Workshop
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  Kid's Tool Workshop
Home Depot
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 5-12
Details: Free kids workshops teach do-it-yourself skills and tool safety
City: Capitola or Watsonville view all details >>
     
SLV Chili Cook off
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Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Date: 11/04/2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Felton Library Friends Fundraiser: 5th Annual SLV Chili Cook off
City: Felton view all details >>
     
Advisory Council of Teens (ACT), East Region
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Library Aptos
Date: 11/04/2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: Teens ages 12-18
Details: Initial focus will be the remodeling of Teen areas, redesign of the SCPL Teen website, and filming public service announcements
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 427-7702 view all details >>
     
Da de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) con Cuntame un Cuento
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  Da de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) con Cuntame un Cuento
Library Live Oak
Date: 11/05/2018 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Details: Da de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) con Cuntame un Cuento
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
Taiko Holiday Boutique
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Watsonville Taiko
Date: 11/04/2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Details: Like Watsonville Taiko? Then you will not want to miss this holiday boutique.
City: Watsonville view all details >>
     
 Family First Saturday Concerts
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  Family First Saturday Concerts
Tandy Beale and Co
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 11:00am
Ages: All
Details: The first Saturday of every month world renowned artists give fabulous family shows: a live performance series for children to i
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Capitola Plein Air
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Capitola Art and Cultural Commission!
Date: Every day (Nov 1-Nov 4) from 8:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Welcome to The Magic of Capitola en Plein Air!
City: Capitola view all details >>
     
Seed Harvest Workshop
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  Seed Harvest Workshop
Arboretum
Date: 11/04/2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Details: Learn seed-saving and planting techniques to create your own native garden.
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Dia De Los Muertos
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MAH
Date: 11/03/2018 from 12:30pm to 6:00pm
Details: Celebrate the dead with an all-ages festival throughout Downtown Santa Cruz.
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Navigating the School Years w/Positive Discipline (5-12 yrs)
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Date: Every Tues (Oct 23-Dec 11) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: Adults
Details: Navigating the School Years with Positive Discipline (5-12 yrs)
Special Instructions: Call 831-476-7284 x107 for discounts/scholarships
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 476-7284 view all details >>
     
     
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