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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

November 26, 2014
The Real Story of Thanksgiving

Keeping the Magic in Holidays

Suki: On Digital Education

Christine: Sunlight Reduces Nearsightedness in Kids

Jeff: Capture a Memorable Group Photo
This Week
Ice Skating at Circle of Palms
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  The Real Story of Thanksgiving

(Holidays) Thanksgiving_turkey_stuffed.jpgHoliday events are abundant. .We've entered many onto our online calendar.  Keep checking back as more events are added. There's an event just right for your family.  Click for Thanksgiving Weekend Events,  Click for Holiday Events November 27 through January 1, 2015!

We repeat "The real Story of Thanksgiving" because it has a powerful message about how and why our economic system works.  This is worth sharing with children!

Thank you for your support in recommending us to friends.  Please, drop us a line anytime and recommend us to more friends

Have a joyful Thanksgiving weekend with your family, Parmalee

(Holidays) Thanksgiving_FIRSTThanksgiving.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 ask each child and guest to tell a story about them, then tell the children the real story of Thanksgiving!

Read a more extensive essay on Our First Thanksgiving.  Foundation for Economic Education

 

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  Keeping the Magic in Holidays

Article inspired by Julie Olsen Edwards, Adapted by Colleen Murphy

(Holidays) Christmas_GirlRollingDough.jpgThere is magic and potential lifetime memories to be experienced during the holidays. But often it gets lost in the shuffle, stress, cultural and family expectations of the holiday season. A time that is supposed to brighten our hearts during the dark winter months, ends up adding more darkness!

Here are some strategies to help keep the stress levels down:

1.)     Take time to decide what aspect of the holiday is most important to you. (examples: the big family dinner, visiting relatives,  the gift sharing, church services, community services/events, or the baking, etc.)
2.)     After picking one or two important aspects, prioritize your time to make sure these things take place. Then let go of the others. DO NOT try to do it all!
(Holidays) Thanksgiving_Boy.jpg3.)     Create boundaries for your family by:

 -   Saying "no" to too many holiday parties, to extended family functions in non-child-friendly homes, to traveling with a baby.

-   Choosing only a couple of extra events to go to or hosting events that are simple, short, and low key (Remember: children are easily overwhelmed with too much noise and activities, and meltdowns are soon to follow.)
-  Advocating for your family's needs (early bed-times, limited sugar, downtime away from lots of people .)      
4.)     Keep your expectations realistic. Know your family and what works best for them and yourself
5.)     Always step up the SELF-CARE during busy, stressful times. Taking care of yourself is the best way to take care of your family. 

Make your choices about the holidays from the inside-out, not the outside-in. Ask yourself what you WANT to do instead of what family thinks you SHOULD do.

Positive Discipline Community Resources (PDCR) promotes connection and interaction that teaches respect and dignity; fosters a sense of belonging and significance; and brings more joy and compassion to families. We offer instructional classes, support groups, one-on-one coaching, and training resources.  Colleen Murphy is one of 150 local PD educators and a parenting coach.

 

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  Suki: On Digital Education

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No matter which publications you read, you've probably come across a fair number of articles expounding the virtues of online and computer-based education, and probably just as many bemoaning the ineffectiveness of digital education. Since I started homeschooling, I've had the opportunity to work with kids both in real world classes and online, and it occurs to me that neither side is right.  Read more to find out WHY! >>>

Suki Wessling is a local parent who writes about parenting, education, gifted children, and homeschooling at Avant Parenting.

 
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"Wouldn't you love to work from home so you can spend more time with your family?

I can show you how.  Get the details"

http://www.freetimeforfamily.com    831-531-8457     Tracy@Mongold.net

 

  Christine: Sunlight Reduces Nearsightedness in Kids

(Photos General) childrenrunningcountryroad.jpgSometimes we see an effect before we see a cause. Once the effect is verified, scientists try to find a cause. Here is a great example: Researchers have noticed for years that kids who spend more time outside and get more sun are less prone to nearsightedness. Even if a child is genetically predisposed to myopia, they are three times less likely to need glasses if they spend more than 14 hours a week outdoors.

The data is very strong for this effect and is longstanding. Some countries in Asia are trying to increase outdoor time for children.

We don't know why. There are multiple hypotheses, but.... Read more>>>>

Chistine is a local mom and scientist who makes science easy to understand.  You can find her blog here.

 

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  Jeff: Capture a Memorable Group Photo

(Photos General) JefferyLuhn_HighAngleGroup.jpgHoliday events are a great time to capture memorable group photos. If you follow a few simple rules this year, you'll produce your best shots ever!

Use a high camera angle because it avoids people covering each other up, and it helps to make people's heads bigger and more uniform. Holding the camera above your head and pointing it downward, or taking the shot from a balcony, ladder, or top of the stairs, will do the trick!

(Photos General) JefferyLuhn_withCamera.jpgUse a flash, especially if you're outdoors, to brighten faces and minimize bad shadows. Having the sun fall on the backs of your subjects will avoid squinting and bad shadows.

SMILE!!!!

Jeffery Luhn is a local photographer and educator. www.LuhnPhoto.com

  This Week

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 Holiday Events November 27 through January 1, 2015!

 

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School Corner

Gateway School K-8, School Day Tour 12/4

 

Monte Vista School 6-12, Open House & Curriculum Fair 12/7

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, Campus Tour Day 12/11


Santa Cruz Waldorf School K-12, Waldorf Alive, A Walk through the Grades 12/10

 

Spring Hill School K-6, Kindergarten Open House 12/11

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, "Seussical the Musical", 12/13

 

Tara Redwood School Pre-5, Call for a Tour

Origami Card Making

Louden Nelson

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MusicalMe, Inc. is expanding to offer an introductory six-week Family Favorites session at the newly opened Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery, at the Capitola Mall.

REGISTER NOW!

Come sing and dance November 17th through December 22nd, taught by our Director Lizz Hodgin. 

Space is limited so register NOW to guarantee a spot in this NEW class!

 

CLUBS FOR KIDS!

 

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 Ice Skating at Circle of Palms


San Jose Downtown
'Tis the season to go ice skating!
Date: Every day (Nov 14-Jan 11)
Admission Fees: $13-$15

Downtown Ice is not only located in a spectacular setting - the Circle of Palms between the Fairmont Hotel and San Jose Museum of Art. The South Bay's largest seasonal outdoor skating rink, produced by the San Jose Downtown Association, has the coolest partners - Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation and Hawaiian Airlines.

(Special Event Images / Graphics) IceSkatingDTSanJose.jpgOur goal is to take care of all customers and make this ice rink the best skating experience anywhere.

Downtown Ice is located in the core of the South Bay's leading winter attractions and family friendly activities, which include the traditional Christmas in the Park and Winter Wonderland. Park once and make a day of it in downtown San Jose: dine, dance, laugh, and enjoy the spirit of the season swirling about you.

Parking is affordable and easy. Find $5 flat-rate parking after 6 p.m., seven nights a week in city-owned lots and garages. After 6 p.m. and all day Saturday, receive validation from a participating business and park the rest of the night for FREE in city-owned garages. Visit sjdowntownparking.com for more information.

Location: 120 S. Market St., San Jose Map
Phone: (408) 279-1775 •website San Jose

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Date: Every day (Nov 16-Jan 16)
Details: Skaters never tire of circling, twirling and gliding beneath 32 palms that stand majestic by day and twinkle by night
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Lego Club
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Discovery Learning Center
Date: The 1st Tues of every month from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Ages: 7+, younger siblings welco
Details: Join our monthly Lego Club, a supportive gathering of local Lego-lovers.
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Date: 11/15/2014 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Ages: 6+
Details: You'll have a chance to shell, pound, and leach acorn on the way to cooking this nutritious meal.
City: Felton Phone: (831) 335-9348 view all details >>
     
Surfin' Santa
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Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce and Capitola Village
Date: 11/26/2016 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Ages
Details: Surfin' Santa Arrives on the Shores of Capitola Beach
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Santa's Kingdom Holiday Lights Train
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Roaring Camp Railroads
Date: Every day (Nov 27-Dec 23)
Details: Sing along to seasonal carols while sipping hot-spiced cider, listen to musical entertainment, and enjoy a visit from Santa and
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