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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

September 11, 2014


Kidpower Founder Irene van der Zande's Personal Favorite Books

Steve: 10 Essential Picture Books for Young Children
The Art Factory Welcomes New Teacher of Textile Arts Class
This Week
Sew It Grow It Show It!
Steve: All "10" Essential Picture Books
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While families with school age children are adjusting to the homework routine, which we will explore next week, let's pause to look at books that help young children absorb social concepts. Two local experts have come up with lists for specific challenges. Enjoy!

Calling all home schoolers! Santa Cruz Parent is opening a section for Homeschooling Resources in our online Education Section and a special Homeschooling category in our online calendar. Please share your ideas and resources that have worked for you.

On the topic of homework, do you have opinions, ideas that work on homework? We would like to hear from local parents and teachers.  Hint: benefits of, drawbacks, amount, type of assignment, quality of task, ages of students, communications with teachers/parents.

Thank you for your interest in our newsletter. As always, your questions, comments or concerns are welcome.  To find more events than we've highlighted below, just click for everything Friday through Sunday!

Have a great weekend with family and friends! 

Parmalee

 

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  Kidpower Founder Irene van der Zande's Personal Favorite Books

by Irene van der Zande
Kidpower Executive Director and Founder

(Logos Business) LittlePicklePress_logo.jpgI love to read children's books both to kids and to myself - and have been delighted and moved by the heartwarming stories, gentle humor, and important messages in the beautiful books published by Little Pickle Press - books that kids cherish and ask me to read or decide to read themselves again and again and again.

As a fundraiser to help support International Child Protection Month, Little Pickle Press will donate to Kidpower 25% of any sales using the code: KidpowerSafe.

Here are a few of my personal favorites:

(Books/Movies/Products) book_kPower_WhatdoesItMeantoBeSafe.jpgWith charming drawings and a narrative that never misses a beat, the picture book What Does It Mean to Be Safe? provides a reassuring exploration of what could be a difficult subject in a way that is always fun and never scary.

(Books/Movies/Products) Book_KPower_RipplesEffect.jpgRipple's Effect is a great read with sweet illustrations telling the story of Ripple, a brave dolphin new to an aquarium, uses his smile and quick wits to charm a bullying shark into playing rather than fighting.

Any child who has ever felt "different" or who is sometimes confused by the inconsistencies of their adults will enjoy Spaghetti is Not A Finger Food (and Other Life Lessons).

(Books/Movies/Products) Book_KPower_SpaghettiIsNotFingerfood.jpgThis funny, moving story shows how the hero, Connor, finds his way through the complexities of an eventful school day despite the challenges of thinking very literally and missing social cues.

What Does It Mean to Be Present? is another beautiful picture book with vivid images and examples that reminds the small child in all of us to stay mindful because "life IS a present!"

(Books/Movies/Products) Book_KPower_WhatDoesItMeanToBePresent.jpgAnd What Does It Mean to Be Green? gives simple ways even younger children can learn to take care of our earth.

I hope you will check out their selections, consider doing some birthday or early holiday shopping, and remember to use the KidpowerSafe code if you decide to buy some books.

Kidpower is a global nonprofit leader in providing child protection education and personal safety skills to people of all ages and abilities since 1989. www.kidpower.org".

 

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  Steve: 10 Essential Picture Books for Young Children

(Photos General) SteveSpitalny.jpgI was reading a "picture book' to my 5-year-old granddaughter yesterday. We had just started and she interrupted and said, "It should start with "Once upon a time.'"

It made me think about stories and the timelessness of them. And I know that for some folks the idea of telling a story (without a book) is daunting, let alone make a story up. I think it is so important for young children's lives to be filled with stories. I also think if you want your children to become readers, you need to read to them so they have something to imitate. And when they ask for the same story again, and again, and again for weeks on end, oversome your own desire for something different and support the child's natural healthy instinct for repetition. It builds brains!

For this post I decided to share some of my favorite picture books with you all. I love stories and books! But which stories? There are so many to choose from.

Recently someone at a workshop I gave mentioned a book that I had to get. Honey for a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt describes the imaginative use of books in family life, and in it she also has lists of suggestions.

Ms. Hunt asks; What kind of books? Stories that make for wonders. Stories that make for laughter. Stories that stir one within with and understanding of the true nature of courage, of love, of beauty. Stories that make one tingle with high adventure, with daring, with grim determination, with the capacity of seeing danger through to the end. Stories that bring our minds to kneel in reverence; stories that show the tenderness of true mercy, the strength of loyalty, the unmawkish respect for what is good.

Further she says, "Cruelty, evil and greed come into clear focus against kindness, truth and honor in a well-written story. I say well-written because nothing offends a child more than having to be told when something is mean and base or noble and good. The painful spelling out of what one is supposed to learn from a story evidences the author's inability to create valid characters in a real-life plot. And it insults children. (p. 82)

So here is a short list of books that are extra special for me... >>>>>>>>

Explore the world of the young child with writer, speaker and consultant Stephen Spitalny. Steve was a kindergarten teacher at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School for 24 years. His book "Connecting with Young Children: Educating the Will" was published in 2012. Steve now offers workshops, coaching and mentoring in the U.S. and around the world. Find more of Steve's writing at Chamakana Blogs.

  The Art Factory Welcomes New Teacher of Textile Arts Class

(Photos General) ArtFactory_Girls.jpgYvettte Contois is excited to share the news about the skills her new teacher brings to The Art Factory. Master Sewing Instructor Carrie Miller will guide boys and girls ages 6 through teens through the basics and lead them into the fantastic, creative world of textile arts!

Carrie earned her Fiber Arts Certificate from the University of Washington and her BA in Fiber Arts and Clothing Design through the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She was also mentored by many generous artists and craftswomen throughout her college years.

Carrie's enthusiasm for crafting and sewing was sparked at a young age when she and her mother would create together. She has pursued sewing professionally as an art form and (Photos General) ArtFactory_sewingmask3.jpga trade. Teaching these skills to her students is a privilege and a joy. In her classes Carrie guides students in their creative explorations and encourages appreciation for technical skills.

Students will build a strong sewing foundation while learning various techniques that they will apply to their projects. Machine sewing will be integrated as students progress.

These classes meet four times a month and start Sept. 9, 2014 and go through May 28, 2015. Students can start anytime! Homes choolers can take advantage of the Tuesday or Thursday 1:30-3:00pm classes and all students can choose the Thursday after school class from 3:30-5:00pm. 

The Art Factory, located in the Historic Redwood Village of Aptos, offers a range of classes for kids and adults, with small class sizes and both indoor and outdoor environments and is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove.

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School Corner


Chartwell School K-12, Open House 9/23


Spring Hill School K-6, Open House 9/24


SSCDC Preschool Open Houses Tuesdays & Wednesdays


LitWits Master Classes High School, September


Gateway School K-8, Still Enrolling, Open for Tours


Mount Madonna, Campus Tour Day 10/22


Tara Redwood School Pre-5, Call for a Tour

 

 

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 Sew It Grow It Show It!

(Ads 2014) SCCFair_2014_LeadEvent.jpgOn Tuesday, September 9 at Noon, the gates opened on the 2014 Santa Cruz County Fair. You waited all year and you will not be disappointed.

Of course all your favorites are back including the Racing Pigs, Hypnotist Michael Mezmer, Sinfully Good Fair Food, Giant Pumpkins, Giant Carnival Rides, Big Animals in the Livestock Barns and small animals in the Petting Zoo. There's much more of course, you'll just have to come out and rediscover it all over again.

Be on the lookout for what's new including Captain Jack Spareribs on the Playhouse Stage, the Bug Barn, and out in the Ball Park the return of Rocket's K-9 Comets - The Frisbee Dogs!

We're looking forward to seeing you all here at the Fairgrounds

And don't forget to buy tickets now!

Here's a quick glance at the 2014 Fair

  • September 9-14, 2014
  • Tuesday - NOON to 10:00 PM, Wednesday through Friday - Noon to 11 PM, Saturday - 10 AM to 11 PM, Sunday - 10 AM to 10 PM

Daily Admission

Adults 13 to 61 $10.00 ($9.00 Advance)
Children 6 to 12 $5.00 ($4.00 Advance)
Children 5 and under Free
Seniors 62 and better $8.00 ($5.00 Senior Day, Tuesday, 9/9
Parking $5.00 (Main Lot)  $20.00 (Valet)

Entertainment
(All Shows, except Horse Show Arena on Sunday, at 7:30 PM on the Amphitheater Stage)

Tuesday 9/9 The No Respect Band
Wednesday 9/10 Meghan Linsey with Tyler Cain
Thursday 9/11 Tsunami band
Friday 9/12 Jamie Lynn Spears
Saturday 9/13 The Houserockers
Sunday 9/14 @ 6:00 PM Los Morros del Norte (Main Horse Show Arena)
Sunday 9/14 The Cocktail Monkeys


Location: 2601 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831)724-5671 •website Watsonville

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Friday Kids Show: "Wilbear's Adventure"
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Hartnell College Planetarium
Date: Every Fri from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Ages: Families & Kids up to 3rd Grade
Details: Friday Kids Show:"Wilbear's Adventure"
Special Instructions: Doors open 15 minutes before show time. Cash or check only.
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Contra Dancing
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Santa Cruz Dance
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+
Details: Contra couples dancing for beginners and experienced dancers - Make dance magic happen on the dance floor!
Special Instructions: Beginner's lesson at 5:40. Dancing 7:00-10:00
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33rd Annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival
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Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce
Date: Every 2 days (Sep 12-Sep 13) from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Art, wine, music and food ~ beachside in Capitola Village...a weekend in paradise!
Special Instructions: Purchase the 2014 Capitola Art & Wine Festival wine glass. Tasting tokens are $1 each. Wine tasting varies from 2 - 4 tokens depending on wine tasting selection.
City: Capitola Phone: (831) 475-6522 view all details >>
     
Ohlone Day
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State Park Henry Cowell
Date: 09/10/2016 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Ohlone people will share their traditional basketry, songs, stories, tools, musical instruments, dance, and their history
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California Academy of Sciences
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Date: 09/25/2016
Details: Get there early on the free day
Special Instructions: One free Sunday per quarter
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Hawk Talks
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State Parks, Golden Gate
Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 3-Oct 30) from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Details: Learn about hawks up close
Special Instructions: Hawk Talks occur every Saturday and Sunday in September and October (except Oct 8 and 9).
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Big Kahuna Triathlon
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Date: 09/14/2014 at 7:00am
Details: Watch triathletes swim, paddle and run at Cowell's Beach
Special Instructions: 400 Beach Street. Transition area - Depot Park at 119 Center Street
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  Steve: All "10" Essential Picture Books
So here is a short list of books that are extra special for me.
1. Some people have never heard of Wanda Gág. She wrote and illustrated many books for children which include Millions of Cats, and Snippy and Snappy. Both of these have that quality of repetition so important for young children’s developing brains. Her black-and-white illustrations have a magical quality with so many little details for the children to get lost in. After Disney’s Snow White movie was released, she translated and illustrated Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as a reaction against the "trivialized, sterilized, and sentimentalized" Disney movie version

2. Two more repetition stories - The Apple Pie that Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson, and illustrated by Jonathan Bean, takes us through the process of making an apple pie. The illustrations are simple yet rich and in the end you can just about smell the pie. A wonderful story for the autumn. 
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema is a lovely cumulative retelling of a Kenyan folktale. It describes the cycle of water and life on an African plain told in simple language that hooks you right in.
3. Barbara Berger is one of my favorite author/illustrators. Some of her books I read to my daughters literally hundres pf times, and eventually I memorized Grandfather Twilight. Grandfather Twilight is an elderly man whose daily task is to walk through the woods as evening approaches and set the moon up in the night sky. The pictures are magical and the story is a rich yet simple poem. Two of my other favorites by Barbara Berger are The Donkey’s Dream and When the Sun Rose.

4. Rosemary Wells is a must on my list. She wrote and illustrated three Bunny Planet stories about a young bunny whose day doesn’t go quite the way he wants it until he goes to the Bunny Planet where Queen Janet makes everything okay again. Ms. Wells also offers Only You which is a love poem from a baby bear to his mom describing the things that only a parent can do. This is a picture book for grown-ups about connecting with young children.
5. Pete Seeger’s storysong Abiyoyo was made into a book with illustrations by Michael Hays. This retelling of a South African folk tale is enlivened by the multicultural community depicted in the pictures. A wonderful story of courage accompanied by a simple song. It is such a favorite of mine that I included it on one of my own story cds.
6. Miss Rumphius written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney tells the story of a little girl who wants to make the world more beautiful, and how she did it. My daughters simply loved this book and call it "the lupine lady book.’

7. Eric Kimmel’s Hershel and the Hanukah Goblins is for the older range of pre-first graders. It tells how, with cleverness and courage, Hershel overcomes the goblins and their spell on his town.
8. I like stories describing real, archetypal work and these two are right up that alley. How a Shirt Grew in the Field is the story of making linen from flax in piscture book form. Ox Cart Man by with illustrations by Barbara Cooney tells the story of the seasons and the work that is needed therein for this 1800’s New England family.

9. Mushroom in the Rain is adapted from a Russian story by Mirra Ginsburg. It is a fantastical story of animals getting out of the rain under an ever expanding mushroom illustrated with whimsical pictures. Like The Mitten by Jan Brett, there is almost always room for more friends to come on in and be warm and dry.

10. To round off my list of 10 (I know. I cheated already) I include a story from my childhood. The Contented Little Pussy Cat by Frances Ruth Keller tells about Abner who is always happy and care-free. The other animals wonder how he can be so easy-going and when they find out his method they know he is on to something. This is also a profound story for adults about the path of spiritual development toward true presence in the moment.
Another of my favorite authors is Jane Yolen Besides all the wonderful stories she has written, she wrote a book about children’s literature. In Touch Magic, Ms. Yolen takes into the world of folk and fairy tales. She says; The best of the stories we can give our children, whether they are stories that have been kept alive through the centuries through that mouth-to-mouth resuscitation we call oral transmission, or the tales that were made up only yesterday - the best of these stories tough that larger dream, that greater vision, that infinite unknowing. They are the most potent kind of magic, these tales, for they catch a glimpse of the soul beneath the skin.

Touch magic. Pass it on.

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