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November 23, 2010
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The Real Story of Thanksgiving
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Suki's Blog: Accidental Favorites
This Week
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Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction
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  Thank You!

(Holidays) Thanksgiving_GiveThanksSign.jpgThank you to Desiree, Amber and Beth who help bring you these newsletters and new family resources on the website!

There's a good article on raising giving children in the Parent Tips section.  Those who've been parenting a while know that this is an ongoing process and that the most success comes from modeling the desired behavior.

We found some significant "food for thought" in an article on the effects of digital technology on our teen students and share it with you below.  It presents both drawbacks and opportunities.  As parents we need to become aware of 21st century challenges in order to guide our children in a direction that is best for them.

When we went to the internet to find "best toys for 2010", the first article that came up had all electronic, push-the-button toys, nothing to foster creativity and stimulate the imagination, so we put in a call to Christy at Lolly Tree Toys, Monica at Baby Shoppe Santa Cruz and Dyane at Childish Santa Cruz for some good ideas.  We think you will be thrilled with their suggestions. Look for that article next week.

Looking for things to do over the long weekend?  Start with our Events Calendar or our Activities & Family Fun resources.  By the way, have you visited our Business Directory?  It's loaded with resources for you, businesses and non-profits designated with a gold arrow, and articles/tips with fuschia arrows.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! If you're going shopping, remember it helps our community when we shop  at locally owned stores! Parmalee

  The Real Story of Thanksgiving

(Site Photos) ThanksgivingNormalRockwell.jpgThe Real Story of Thanksgiving and Why Some Families Place Three Kernels of Corn by Each Place Setting

If you read Governor Bradford's diary of the travails of the pilgrims, you will learn that after landing at Plymouth Rock in 1620, they established a collective system of tending crops and dividing the workload. Collectively everyone owned and worked the land, did the laundry, prepared meals, and cared for the children. Sadly, production declined, poverty was rampant and confusion prevailed. Women resented having to do laundry and cook for the entire community as well as being asked to work the fields. Young men found no reward for putting forth their best efforts. Resentment grew. Many died from poor nutrition. At the lowest point, a day's ration for one person was three kernels of corn.

Faced with extinction, Governor Bradford and the elders decided to do something radical. They gave each family a plot of land to work or barter as they wished. In one growing season individual owners within the colony reversed three years of failure, harvested bountiful crops, established trading posts, and began repaying their sponsors! They invited the Indians to share a feast of thanks --and that was the real story of the first Thanksgiving.

Let's place three kernels of corn by each place and first ask each child and guest to tell a story about them, then tell the children the real story of Thanksgiving!

Source: Foundation for Economic Education

  Win An Animated Advent Calendar

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Every day between the 1st and 25th of December you'll have a new animation to enjoy: Chudleigh and Bertie dogs, Fluff the kitten, the musical teddy bears, Santa's cheeky elf... There's "Christmassy" music for every animation, and the story is based around a beautiful animated village scene, which itself changes as the month progresses and the people in the village prepare for Christmas.  This will be loved by children and adults alike!

Deadline: November 28, 2010

  Suki's Blog: Accidental Favorites

(Site Photos) SukiRedHead_138.jpgIf homeschoolers were living up to our name, you might think we spend a lot of time at home. However, the opposite usually ends up being true. We are out and about, going to clubs and classes, our homeschool program, and on fieldtrips.

This results in a lot of time for my kids to argue in the car. And argue they do, unless, I have found, something else is occupying their brains.

The best thing I've found is audiobooks. Unfortunately, we seem to need a steady supply, and unless I have been doing my homework, ordering books from the library ahead of time, we find ourselves about to embark on a roadtrip, bookless.

The last two books we listened to were found in this way: we'd run out of books, and I had to make do with what I could find that day. One day, we were at our homeschool program and I happened to look on the books on CD shelf. There was a book I'd never heard of before, A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. It looked promising, so I checked it out and popped it in.

One of the problems we've been having lately is that my kids like big, meaty books, but aren't so fond of scary books. As you move past the kids' classics and get into the middle grade and teen fiction, a lot of it gets way too exciting and full of stories more scary than we are interested in. A Single Shard is an example of what can be done with a sweet, historically based story. Though it has no blood-sucking vampires, no evil villains, and no end-of-the-world scenario, the book is powerful and fully gripping.

In the book, a young orphan is being raised by a homeless cripple under a bridge in medieval Korea. The orphan is awed by the work of the local potters, who are famous across the land for their celadon glaze. Through a mishap, he ends up... continued>>>>>>

  This Week

Event CalendarBelow is only a partial list of upcoming events and activities so be sure to click on our EVENT CALENDAR so you do not miss anything >>

Use the PARENT PLANNER to click on events and resources you are interested in and click PRINT MY PLANNER to print or email your list.

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Order and redeem 3 or more dinners November 22 - 24 and you will receive a FREE Grandma Sarah's Pumpkin Pie Kit or a FREE Glazed Turkey Meatballs Appetizer.

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


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Spring Hill is a private school where the talents of bright, motivated and gifted children are recognized, nurtured and developed to their full potential.

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 Thanksgiving Weekend Redwood Forest Walks

(Site Photos) RedwoodForestWalk.jpgFriday, November 26 at 1:00 pm and Saturday, November 27 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this one-hour walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Park Headquarters.

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  Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction

Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction
By MATT RICHTEL
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - On the eve of a pivotal academic year in Vishal Singh's life, he faces a stark choice on his bedroom desk: book or computer?

By all rights, Vishal, a bright 17-year-old, should already have finished the book, Kurt Vonnegut's "Cat's Cradle," his summer reading assignment. But he has managed 43 pages in two months.

He typically favors Facebook, YouTube and making digital videos. That is the case this August afternoon. Bypassing Vonnegut, he clicks over to YouTube, meaning that tomorrow he will enter his senior year of high school hoping to see an improvement in his grades, but without having completed his only summer homework.

On YouTube, "you can get a whole story in six minutes," he explains. "A book takes so long. I prefer the immediate gratification."

Students have always faced distractions and time-wasters. But computers and cellphones, and the constant stream of stimuli they offer, pose a profound new challenge to focusing and learning.

Researchers say the lure of these technologies, while it affects adults too, is particularly powerful for young people. The risk, they say, is that developing brains can become more easily habituated than adult brains to constantly switching tasks - and less able to sustain attention.

"Their brains are rewarded not for staying on task but for jumping to the next thing," said Michael Rich, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and executive director of the Center on Media and Child Health in Boston. And the effects could linger: "The worry is we're raising a generation of kids in front of screens whose brains are going to be wired differently."

But even as some parents and educators express unease about students' digital diets, they are intensifying efforts to use technology in the classroom, seeing it as a way to connect with students and give them essential skills. Across the country, schools are equipping themselves with computers, Internet access and mobile devices so they can teach on the students' technological territory.

It is a tension on vivid display at Vishal's school, Woodside High School, on a sprawling campus set against the forested hills of Silicon Valley. Here, as elsewhere, it is not uncommon for students to send hundreds of text messages a day or spend hours playing video games, and virtually everyone is on Facebook. continued>>>>

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