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Getting to Giving
November 6, 2009
Writing thank-you notes is challenging.
Inspiring Good Manners and A Giving Spirit
Suki's Blog: household Economies
Heddi's Blog: Math and Science Chalk Talks
This Week
Operation Christmas Child, a program of Samaritan's Purse
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  Writing thank-you notes is challenging.

(Site Photos) ElephantAree.jpgWriting thank you notes is challenging.  First you have to assemble the materials, pen, notepaper, address, stamps. When you sit down to write, your mind goes blank and all you can think of is what you would rather be doing. "Wait!' you exclaim, "I remember there was a SantaCruzParent.com newsletter with a thank you note pattern".  Just pick a key word and develop it!

The pattern:

The elephant is a useful animal.  It reminds me of the joy of cooperation. When I observe an elephant mother and aunts joining together to protect a struggling baby elephant from a preying lion, I think of how parents and teachers work together to educate our children. "Come on little guy, we're all here helping you, this way to safety and a good life". urge the elephants.  Imagine the success of working together!

The pattern adapted to a thank you note:

Dear Grandmother, The mittens you made for me are perfect! They have all my favorite colors. When we go to Tahoe, my fingers will be toasty warm. Mama said, "Now you have the prettiest mittens in the family." Thank you for making them for me! Love, Samantha

Parmalee

P.S. Credit for this paragraph writing pattern goes to Mae Carden, founder of the Carden Curriculum. Teach it to your children and you will give them power to communicate successfully.

 

  Inspiring Good Manners and A Giving Spirit

(Holidays) Thanksgiving_GiveThanksSign.jpgWith Thanksgiving around the corner, thoughts of giving and feeling thankful come to mind. Does giving engender an expansion of the heart, a feeling of thankfulness? Does being thankful lead to good manners? Does practicing good manners lead to a feeling of thankfulness? Is there an overarching guide for "civilizing" our little ones and later on helping our teens draw upon their early training during their "break-away" years and their personal encounters with a sometimes rude world.

There are many "directives" on manners: use this fork, say please and thank you, open the door to show consideration, stand up for adults, shake hands, kiss the air by the cheek three times, etc. Often it's helpful to know exactly what one should do in a specific situation. Yet it truly all comes down to the golden rule, "Do unto others as you would have done unto you."

This requires modeling the desired behavior by the parents! Modeling desired behavior gets it in deeply because children respond positively when they see what you say aligning with what you do.  I had a wonderful mother-in-law to whom I will always be thankful for modeling kindness and generosity. She would play with her grandbabies, getting right down with them and asking, "May I play with your blue car? Would you like a turn now? Let's trade. May I help you pick up?" In reality I believe she was modeling for all of us. At one point we had a retired neighbor who would invite the children over to play board games. One time my youngest came home because he had upended the board game, but with ever so much patience on her part they learned the art of civility in game playing.

You know you are on the right track when you observe how children --preschool through teens-- interact well with their peers. I recently visited my son and his wife in Florida. The way they communicate is so respectful. Those board game lessons paid off. The answers to the questions are "YES!"

 

  Suki's Blog: household Economies

(Site Photos) SukiRedHead_138.jpgI have two major strikes against my ability to make money: First, the career path that called to me was writer and teacher. Neither has ever paid my way in life. The second is having chosen to homeschool my daughter. There are people who make a good income while homeschooling, but almost all of them were making a good income before homeschooling, and all of them love sleep a lot less than I do!

So when a question came up on one of the homeschooling forums I participate in, it raised my hackles immediately. I had e-mailed about a new Judo class happening in town. A mom answered, How can you afford to pay for these classes?

Read more about Suki's answer to the basic question, "How can you afford to ...." >>>>>

  Heddi's Blog: Math and Science Chalk Talks

Khan Academy is an amazing collection of free videos that explain almost any math topic (including economics) and a good portion of chemistry, physics, and even some biology to boot.

The videos are presented as virtual chalk talks: you hear the instructor's voice as colored chalk sketches and calculates on a black background. It's a real human voice, complete with jokes, asides, and the occasional verbal stumble. Khan says in his short bio that he started the page with the goal of using technology to educate the world.      Read more>>>>>>>>>>>

 

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*Autumn Seasoned Pork Steaks w/Herbed Stuffing & Petite Green Beans

 

*Herb Crusted Flank Steak and Balsamic Glaze w/Creamy Polenta & Sicilian Vegetable Blend

 

*Chicken di Tuscany w/Herbed Couscous & Sicilian Vegetable Blend

*Homestyle Chicken Pot Pie w/Dinner Rolls & Organic Spring Mix

 

*Cajun Style Jambalaya w/Cornbread & Garden Salad

 

*Honey-Peanut Crusted Chicken Breasts w/Mashed Potatoes & Malibu Vegetables

 

*Burgundy Beef French Stew w/Mashed Potatoes & Dinner Rolls

 

*Nonnie's Classic Italian Beef Meatloaf w/Rice Pilaf & Baby Peas

 

*Asparagus Tips and Chicken Divan w/Dinner Rolls & Garden Salad

 

*Upside Down Pear Pound Cake!

 

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 Operation Christmas Child, a program of Samaritan's Purse

(Event Calendar Logos) SamaritanShoebox.jpgHere's a project for the entire family. Donate a decorated shoe box containing gifts for disadvantaged children ALL OVER THE WORLD.

Monday, Nov 15 - Monday, Nov. 23

1. Shoe Box
Use an empty shoe box (standard size, please) or a small plastic container. You can wrap the box (lid separately), but wrapping is not required. Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift.

2. Boy or Girl
Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child's age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Print out the appropriate boy/girl label by downloading the artwork to the right. Mark the correct age category on the label, and tape the label to the top of your box.

3. Fill with Gifts
Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child. Use the gift ideas provided on the bottom of this page.

4. Include your Donation
Please donate $7 or more for each shoe box you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. You can give online by using our EZGIVE option, or you can write a check to Samaritan's Purse (note "OCC" on memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoe box, please make one combined donation.

5. Drop Off
Place a rubber band around each closed shoe box and drop off at the Collection Center nearest you during our collection week November 16 - 23.

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  We'll Make your Holiday a Little Easier...

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Did you know?  Our dinners include a generous main course, a side dish and a salad or vegetable. Each of our complete dinners serve 4 persons and average about $5.70 per serving for everything.

We are offering a great Thanksgiving menu this year--don't miss our specialty items like the Baked Brie en Croute with Caramalized Pear and Onion or the 6-time award winning Clam Chowder from Blackboard Catering, or for a special treat, the Surmonte Fresh Chocolate Sauce is delicious on ice cream, fresh fruit, bread pudding or use it for hot chocolate or a decadent mocha.

When you place any order totaling $20 or more from November 1st through November 21st, you'll automatically be entered into our drawing to receive a FREE Thanksgiving Dinner for 4!

Our Special Thanksgiving Menu... Each Complete Dinner Serves 4 Adults, $134.00

  • Fall Roasted Butternut Squash soup with Creme Fraiche, Rich, Creamy with all the Fall flavors-heat and serve.
  • Boneless Turkey Breast Roast with Gravy, Basted with our special fresh herb and roasted garlic butter-oven ready
  • Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Whipped real russet with fresh cream and butter-heat and serve
  • Seasoned Harvest Dressing, Bread, fresh celery and onion, cranberries, herbs and pecans,oven ready
  • Aunt Mary's Zucchini Casserole, Shredded zucchini, cheese, butter, onions, and Ritz crackers! Oven ready
  • Fresh Orange-Cranberry Sauce, Orange zest and port wine make it perfect for your turkey-ready to serve
  • Dinner Rolls, Flaky and tender, heat and serve
  • Grandma Sarah's Pumpkin Pie, Creamy pumpkin custard in a flaky crust with real vanilla whipped cream-oven ready
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