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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

September 15, 2011
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Local Books for Santa Cruz Kids

My child doesn't mind doing his homework...

This Week
13th Annual Kidrageous Carnival
...but it hasn't always been that way
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(Ads) SantaCruzCountyFair_OpeningDay_SantaCruzParent.jpgLet's go to the Fair!  It's the very best way of supporting youth and local businesses.  Everything is free once you're in, except of course the vast array of delicious, instant food.  Not only does the Fair provide great entertainment for all ages, it's a strong economic force in our local economy.

Economic Impact of Fairgrounds

"On November 2, 2010 the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds was presented with their economic impact report from Director of the California Department of Food & Agriculture Michael F. Treacy.

Highlights include:
1. Generation of approximately $9,874,000 in spending activity in 2009

2. Fairground events created the equivalent of 113 jobs in 2009

3. An estimated $126,400 in business taxes paid per year"

The Calendar is bursting with events for the entire Family.  There is so much to do that you may get frustrated with not being able to do it all!  Remember, you can narrow choices by selecting (Special Event Images / Graphics) ArtFactory_GirlsNightOut_SantaCruzParent.jpgcategories and or date ranges --for example: Adult Classes, Children's Classes, Art Activities, Family Events, Holidays, Park Activities, Free Activities, Festivals, Library Events, Playgroups, Parenting Workshops, Support Groups.

For the ladies here's an invitation from Yvette Contois, owner of The Art Factory in Aptos,"Come over Friday night, 7pm and treat yourself to some time to create a vision board! This process will draw positive things into your life amongst a supportive, fun group of women."

Enjoy the many choices, Parmalee

 

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  Local Books for Santa Cruz Kids

(Photos General) SukiRedHead_138.jpgEver since my husband and I read The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet*, which is set in Pacific Grove, to our son, I've had a passion for snooping out books with local flavor. It's such a passion that I was sure I'd written about it before. But having searched my files, I have to admit that I have not, in fact, written about all these wonderful books!

So here it is, my rundown of kids' books I have read (and a few I haven't) that are set in or near the Monterey Bay area.

Suki's List>>>>>

 
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"Meet me at the Casablanca!"

Wednesday through Monday 11am -10pm
Reservations 831.426.9063 ~ Beach and Main, Santa Cruz

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  My child doesn't mind doing his homework...

"I don't mind doing my homework...but it hasn't always been that way. I used to get distracted and homework took forever. I didn't plan how to get big projects done and my parents always got mad and frustrated with me. But then, they learned some simple things from Triple P to help me get focused and now my homework doesn't make anyone mad. " Triple P Child

It's never too early to get on the right track when it comes to education. Teaching your child good study habits and routines will help keep homework manageable and fairly stress free. Homework however is a common issue in many families. Problems can take place when there is poor planning (such as leaving things to the last minute); when children do not understand the homework; or when children do their work quickly without much attention because they would rather be doing something else. Parents' beliefs that their child is "lazy or irresponsible' can contribute to making the problem worse.

If you are experiencing resistance to homework by your child, you are not alone! There are several steps that parents can take to prepare and encourage their child to do their homework. Here are some things you can try right away. 

Scroll down for suggestions.

 

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of upcoming events and activities.

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Mount Madonna Pre-12, The Sawubona Project 9/23

 

Santa Cruz Children's School K-6, Open House 10/4

 

Gateway School K-8, Open House 10/13

 

Good Shepherd Pre-8, Harvest Festival, 10/15


Independent School Fair pre-12, 11/8, 6:30pm

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Math is one of Bean's favorite subjects and has been the hardest to settle into a good learning routine. So far, we have tried...continued

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ALLPETS

for All Your Pets

Conventional, Alternative and Holistic

1226-B Soquel Ave
Santa Cruz
425-0945

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Here's a painless way to reduce one of your monthly bills: downsize your garbage can...continued

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Yep, that's right!
Enter your holiday recipes now to be published in our New Leaf Community Cookbook this fall.
or more info CLICK HERE.

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Pam Blogs: Zucchini (Photos General) PamCarrico.jpgSeason, They're Taking Over


I've been diligent in using these Cocozelle Heirlooms. We've had them steamed, sauteed, in a creamy parmesan soup, as fritters, in a layered casserole with onions, in chocolate chip cookies, bread, as chips...I AM the Bubba Gump of zucchini! But I grow weary, so I went in search of some new and exciting recipes to make use of today's bounty. What I found and made was so awesome, I had to share... continued

Looking for Childcare...

Begin here!

 

Angela's Home Daycare

Santa Cruz


Auntie Wendi's Daycare

DeLaveaga area


Casa de Kids

Watsonville


Free to Be Me Preschool & Daycare

Santa Cruz


Miss Jonnie's Aftercare

Santa Cruz


Golden Rule Afterschool Care

Santa Cruz

 13th Annual Kidrageous Carnival

(Logos Event Calendar) Kidrageous_JacobsHeart_SantaCruzParent.jpgKidrageous Carnivale Supports Jacob's Heart ~ 9/18,  12pm to 5pm ~  Free and fundraising activities

Kidrageous Carnival is dedicated to the local children and families dealing with the challenges of pediatric cancer by bringing together the community in support and celebration of Children's Cancer Awareness Month.

The day is filled with delicious food; magical and musical entertainment; children's art, game, and activity booths; resource booths; raffle prizes; and so much more. Local business and individuals sponsor each booth while community organizations, clubs, and individuals volunteer to make all the fun come together. Our families participate for free while the community comes to enjoy both free and ticketed activities. Monies raised go to our family services programs including financial assistance, counseling, and support groups.  Details

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  ...but it hasn't always been that way

A relaxed and nourished mind can focus much better on tasks than one that is still "wound up' from the day's events. Give your child some time to relax after school. Offer a snack and let your child have some free time.

Ask your child about their homework for the day...what it is, when it is due, if there are any special materials required. Help your child prepare by gathering materials and by understanding the assignment.

Set a regular time for homework that works for your family. Setting a study routine will give the message to your child that this is a high priority.

Setting a specific study area will help your child focus on the work. This doesn't need to be in a separate room but in an area of the house that offers cleared table space, is well lit, and where distractions are fairly minimal.

There are several ways you can encourage your child as he is completing his homework tasks. Help him get started on his work by asking him to take his work out. You may need to start out sitting at the table with them. Praise your child for the work that has already been accomplished with specific comments on school work that interests him.

It is important to wait for your child to ask for help before offering it and help your child problem solve before offering the answers. For instance "How do you think garden is spelled? Take out a piece of paper and try to spell it and I will come back and check it". If he gets the word right, offer praise and if it is miss spelled, point out letters that have been spelled correctly and help him finish spelling the word. Make sure it is the child's work and not yours!

Your child needs encouragement when the homework has been completed. Show an interest and acknowledge the correct work that was done, and refrain from criticizing their mistakes. You do not have to make sure your child's work is perfect before it is handed in.

It is common for homework problems to persist even when parents have tried these techniques. This may be because your child is having difficulties understanding certain subjects and needs extra assistance. Discussing the problem with your child's teacher can be informative and helpful. Additionally, there are several other techniques to encourage and motivate your child to do their homework. Local accredited practitioners can assist in finding the best approach for your family. For more information on Triple P services please visit www.first5scc.org or contact Stephanie Bluford at sbluford@first5scc.org (831) 465-2217.

Focus on your child's accomplishments and successes. If they feel successful, they will want to continue to learn.

Susan True, Executive Director First 5 Santa Cruz County

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