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October 31, 2013
Reality catches up with fiction!

Suki: Homeschooling Mom's [All Parents'] Bill of Rights

Christine: Sometimes Science Doesn't Know

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming
This Week
Bay Area Science Festival Events
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  Reality catches up with fiction!

(Photos General) ContraDancers.jpgIf you and your children are ready for a fun Friday of traditional American dancing, this "stompin' good time" is for you: Erik Hoffman will call to the live and lively music of the Earl White band at Felton Hall.  "Traditional Dancers of Santa Cruz is dedicated to the preservation, study, teaching, enjoyment, and continuing evolution of traditional and historical dance, music, and song, including folk and popular musical forms from a variety of ethnic and cultural traditions, especially contra / traditional New England folk dancing and English country dance."  I've been told that one night of dancing might complete your exercise quota for a week.

We humans have long been enchanted with the concept of robots, apparently as early as 600 BC.  Check the lengthy list of famous robots on Wikipedia. Generations have been enchanted with R2D2 and C-3PO.  Now reality is catching up with fiction.  "On a recent morning Natanel Dukan walked into the Paris offices of the French robot maker Aldebaran and noticed one of the company's humanoid NAO robots sitting on a chair. Mr. Dukan, an electrical engineer, could not resist. Bending over, he kissed the robot on the cheek. In response the NAO tilted its head, touched his cheek and let out an audible smack."  Read the entire article on Making Robots More Like Us.  Better yet take your young scientists to The Tech for hands-on robot inspiration.

(Graphics) FallBack2.jpgSuki has authored a Homeschooling Mom's Bill of Rights  and thankfully it has a universality to it that works for ALL PARENTS! We think you might like a printable version.

There have been a few people in my life who think it's a waste of time to read fiction. I've learned to ignore them.  They are missing out on so much.  Read Neil Gaiman's essay on "Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming" and give those critics a great book to read.

Enjoy! Parmalee

 

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  Suki: Homeschooling Mom's [All Parents'] Bill of Rights

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First, my disclaimer: There are some fathers who are the primary homeschooling parent, but this piece specifically addresses a "mom thing." As women, many of us have been socialized to feel that it's our job to take care of everyone else to the detriment of our own health and happiness. Homeschooling dads, please feel free to see yourself in here, too, but I won't apologize for addressing the moms on this issue.

When I was a teenager, we had something we said in our house that needs a bit of translation. Our mom would make yet another self-sacrificing gesture and one of us would inevitably say, "But I like burnt toast!" That was our way of pointing out that our mom was very quick to deny her own needs in deference to all of ours, and there were lots to defer to. My mom deferred to the needs of a husband, five kids, and sometimes even our menagerie of pets. We teased her that when our old toaster didn't spit out the toast at the right time and some kid whined, she'd always say, "Give it to me-I like burnt toast."

Homeschooling moms eat a lot of metaphorical burnt toast. We feel indebted to our spouses for earning the money that allows us to stay home with the kids, so we defer to them. We feel responsible for our kids' happiness even more than other moms since we have taken on such a central role, so we defer to our kids when we should be taking care of ourselves. We find ourselves so used to taking on other people's burdens, we often even do it for other homeschooling moms, agreeing to take care of another kid when really, it's the last thing we need to have another bundle of wants in the house, or agreeing to go on yet another fieldtrip because we don't want to be the spoilsport.

A lot of what we do is necessary for the job: Many a woman has given up a hard-earned career, or cut back drastically, because of taking on homeschooling. Many a mom has given up a beloved pastime that used to happen during school hours. Many a homeschooling family has had to cut back expenses, which often translates into the mom losing her yoga class, her writing retreat, or her much-appreciated pedicures.

Household economies and the limits of time may be unavoidable, but there is a dark side to all this giving: sometimes Mom gives so much, it actually negatively affects not only her family's happiness, but their homeschooling success as well.

The way I see it, homeschooling is like the ultra-marathon of parenting. If you aren't in top shape, eating right, taking care of yourself, you're not going to make it to the finish line. And so often, a mom deny her own needs, thinking that it will help her family. But instead it injures her family, just like the marathoner who cut down on warm-up time or has been grabbing quick junkfood instead of eating right.

Of course, each mom's needs are different, but here are what I see as the non-negotiable... Read more >>>>

Suki Wessling writes about parenting, education, gifted children, and homeschooling at Avant Parenting.

 
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  Christine: Sometimes Science Doesn't Know

(Photos General) GregSouzaTheConductorNov22-2006.jpgThis particular blog is about taking care of babies. Science gets it wrong often, and babies are important. I want to talk about taking care of the neediest babies - the ones in NICU (neonatal intensive care unit).

Needy babies need lots of care. Ideas about the best way to do this change over the years. About a hundred years ago, doctors went through a phase where many believed that touching sick babies was the worst thing to do for them. So babies weren't picked up and hugged or snuggled. Even older babies were left alone. Guess what - mortality rates went up. Even healthy babies had more problems. Medical people returned to holding and touching babies.

Science has learned a lot since. Most babies, even those in NICU, respond positively to touch and massage. The only exceptions seem to be the very youngest who can get overwhelmed by too much stimulus. This has led to another phase...
  Read more>>>

Christine is a scientist and a mom living with her family in Santa Cruz.  Visit her website, Science Fun.

 
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Bats...Bees...Coyotes...Anemones!

Every Thursday, 3-4pm, we will highlight a different local animal, habitat, or natural history topic with stories, songs, puppets and Museum artifacts. Families of all ages are welcome.

Free with Admission: $4 for Adults, $2 for Seniors, Kids are free! Become a member and enjoy free programs throughout the year. Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

  Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

(Photos General) Books_OpenOnTable.jpgA lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens

'We have an obligation to imagine' ... Neil Gaiman gives The Reading Agency annual lecture on the future of reading and libraries. Photograph: Robin Mayes

It's important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members' interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. I'm going to tell you that libraries are important. I'm going to suggest that reading fiction, that reading for pleasure, is one of the most important things one can do. I'm going to make an impassioned plea for people to understand what libraries and librarians are, and to preserve both of these things.

And I am biased, obviously and enormously: I'm an author, often an author of fiction. I write for children and for adults. For about 30 years I have been earning my living though my words, mostly by making things up and writing them down. It is obviously in my interest for people to read, for them to read fiction, for libraries and librarians to exist and help foster a love of reading and places in which reading can occur.

So I'm biased as a writer. But I am much, much more biased as a reader. And I am even more biased as a British citizen.

And I'm here giving this talk tonight, under the auspices of the Reading Agency: a charity whose mission is to give everyone an equal chance in life by helping people become confident and enthusiastic readers. Which supports literacy programs, and libraries and individuals and nakedly and wantonly encourages the act of reading. Because, they tell us, everything changes when we read.

And it's that change, and that act of reading that I'm here to talk about tonight. I want to talk about what reading does. What it's good for.  Continue to read this article from The Guardian>>>

 

  This Week

(Graphics) EventCalendar.jpg(Graphics) FallBack.jpgBelow 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 >>

THE WEEKEND

 

 

School Corner

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Kennolyn Camps, Free Fundraising Collaboration 10/29

 

Chartwell School K-12, Open House, 11/2 & 5

 

York School, All About York 11/2

 

Springhill School K-6, Open House 11/6

 

Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, Autism Spectrum Disorders,  Parent Education Program, Navigating Social Services 11/9

 

Chartwell School K-12, Free Workshop: Neuroscience in the Classroom 11/6

Seafood Foraging
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Adventure Sports

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Nov. 1 & 3

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Nov 1-3

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MAH'S Wishlist

You can help support the MAH by donating a Wishlist item. These are items we need to make MAH exhibitions and programs even better. Thank you, and remember: all donations are tax deductible.

Museum-wide Needs:

  • kid-sized furniture for a family craft nook
  • flat screen computer monitors
  • office chairs
  • small desk
  • folding chairs

Community Program and Education Needs:

  • Letter press
  • Sewing Machine
  • Portable Projection Screen
  • A new sink in the classroom
  • Flat File cabinet for paper
  • Large pieces of plain colored fabric
  • Red wagons
  • 3 prong extension cords
  • Gaff tape
  • button makers
  • rolling tables
  • blacklights
  • Projectors
  • Spray Paint
  • Neon Paper
  • Poster Paper
  • Foam Core
  • Mat Board
  • iPod
  • plastic storage containers
  • sponsorship for programs
  • food donations for artists and volunteers at events
  • Digital SLR camera
  • Photo Studio Lights (flash)

Exhibition Needs:

  • vinyl cutter
  • small projector
  • digital picture frames
  • Hand Tools in good working order (such as screw drives, pliers, vice grips, hammers)
  • Working iPads, iPhones, iTouches, iPods (with their power cords if possible)

Please contact info@santacruzmah.org for more information or to make a donation. Thank you!

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 Bay Area Science Festival Events

Unleash Your Inner Scientist!   Every day (Oct 24-Nov 2)

The Tech Museum of Innovation is proud to partner with Bay Area Science Festival to Unleash Your Inner Scientist!

(Special Event Images / Graphics) Tech_StarWarsHeroes.jpgBehind the Scenes with Social Robots ~ Sunday, October 27, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
The Tech Studio
Free with museum admission


Pre-registration required. Register here.
 
Join The Tech's exhibits team for a behind the scenes look at the creation of the new Social Robots exhibition, and for a private experience building your own social robots. See how The Tech co-created this unique museum experience with our visitors. Learn how we used 3D CAD modeling, 3D Printing, Arduino, and rapid PCB production to create the robot components. Find out about how volunteers helped build the robot parts, and how you can get involved in future exhibit creation at The Tech. The behind the scenes presentation will be followed by a private experience in the Social Robots exhibition building your own robots.

JediTM Nights
Presented by ScholarShare College Savings Plan
Thursday, October 31, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
The Star Wars® exhibition and throughout the museum

$14 adult/$9 child for members of The Tech ` $22 adult/$12 child for non-members
Tickets for JediTM Nights include admission to the museum and Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination

(Special Event Images / Graphics) Tech_StarWarsStaff.jpgSpecial evening celebrations of all things Star Wars! Grab your lightsaber and dress up in your favorite Star Wars costume. Re-create your favorite Star Wars scenes, meet and take photos with Stormtroopers, R2-D2, and Jedi Knights, or train for the JediTM Academy. The science behind Star Wars becomes a reality in The Tech's hands-on workshops.

Techsabers - where guests tinker with circuitry, LEDs, and various light diffusing and reflecting materials - and Skywalker Writing where guests leverage "The Force" for intergalactic light paintings and control their own hovercrafts. Engage in the exhibition's hands-on design labs where you'll defy gravity, engineer DroidsTM, and manipulate robots. Explore space travel, robotics, and magnetic levitation.

TM & © 2013 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

Location: 201 S. Market St, San Jose Map  Phone: (408) 294-8324 •website San Jose

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  Evening Campfire Programs
State Park Butano
Date: Every Su (Aug 5-Sep 2) at 7:30pm
Details: Marshmallow roasting, songs, trivia, and a slideshow
City: Pescadero Phone: (650) 879-2040 view all details >>
     
Family opera: “Amahl and the Night Visitors”
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UCSC Theater Arts
Date: 12/04/2016
Details: This chamber opera is one of the most beloved and frequently performed operas in the repertoire, and families are invited to att
Special Instructions: Two performances: 11:00AM and 2:00PM
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