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Nature and Art
September 30, 2010
Fall Activities
Sharing Nature with Children
Suki's Blog: Winning and Losing
This Week
25th Annual Cultural Council Open Studios Art Tour
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  Fall Activities

(Site Photos) ElkhornSlough_FrogHunting.jpgThis is such a great time of year for going outdoors, although this can be said for most days in our lovely climate.  Being outside lifts our spirits and rewards us for working hard in school, jobs and the house.  Given a choice, I'll take beaches and given a choice, my daughter chooses mountains. Fortunately our parks offer something for every taste. Pictured here is Elkhorn Slough's frog researcher on the hunt for Red-legged Frogs.

Our Events Calendar is filling with Harvest and Halloween activities.  Check it frequently as we add new events.  Be sure to isolate your category of interest: classes, holiday events, family events, parks activities, playgroups etc., although scrolling through the entire month helps you plan ahead.  Try using the "add to my planner" feature, then email your favorite events to yourself and a friend.

I always enjoy reading Suki's blogs and whether you agree, disagree or partly-agree, you will always find Suki's parenting-homeschooling blogs an expression of her considered approach to parenting and homeschooling. When you visit her blog site, Avant Parenting, take some time to read her parenting journey blogs.  It's inspiring.

If you observe early signs of stress around homework and school in your child, don't hesitate to find out what may be needed to help.  It could be that a tutor can make a difference. 

Have a great weekend and visit an artist in the studio! Parmalee

  Sharing Nature with Children

(Site Photos) ChildrenOutdoors_HikinginRedwoods.jpgWhat is it that we value and want to pass on to our children? What lasting impressions from childhood do we want our children to carry forth within their hearts and minds as they grow and change? What is worthwhile sharing with our children?

These are questions I first asked myself as a young parent, and later as a teacher, along with the hundreds more that surfaced as I began to understand and appreciate the scope of nurturing and educating children.

One keeps tugging at me. I want children to experience nature's beauties; to stay connected to the outdoors as places of awe, wonder and magic - places where they can explore, discover and experience beauty, inspiration and peace. I want children to have an ongoing relationship with the natural world as a friend, ally, and hopefully, steward.

Every day at our school we play and learn in the middle of a redwood forest where hawks circle and perch in treetops and deer roam freely. I take my students hiking in all kinds of weather as an integral part of our time together. I want them to know that those prickly thistles we avoid touching can easily be made into a healthy soup; and that the special acorns we find, play with and turn into a thousand different art projects, are exquisite representations of the power and affirmation of the blueprint in each of us to grow into Ourselves.

(Site Photos) ChildrenOutdoors_HikinginField.jpgSo we go outside together. We touch the smooth madrone bark and hug the largest oaks we can find. We listen to the wind make different sounds through different kind of leaves.

The seasons have their own beauties to share and lessons to teach as we notice which trees stay green and which lose their leaves. They see the interdependence we have with nature as the foods we plant are picked and eaten - corn in fall, squash in winter, raspberries in summer. They learn about the cycles of the year and their place in that seasonal turning. We learn the difference between tan oaks and scrub oaks and the names of wild grasses growing around us. Just being in nature sparks our creative imaginations and leads to inner and outer discoveries.

(Site Photos) ChildrenOutdoors_PlantingaTree.jpgChildren must test their youthful strength through swinging, climbing, running, digging and gathering, even as they head outdoors to sketch and write, to catch pollywogs, observe newts and learn the difference between deer and raccoon prints.

Nowhere else is there such evidence of magic and mystery as in those precious and tender, and oh, so fleeting years when we share nature revealed in all her myriad forms. We learn how to be still and quiet, how to listen and appreciate the much larger world of which we are an integral part. It is this connection I hope to inspire in each of the children passing through my arms.

We feel our place in the Grand Scheme of things, however humble, as we gaze into night sky after night sky through the years. We make friends with tiny creatures and move them from harm's way when we discover them on country roads and forest paths. A deep love is born that remains alive and vital from having given ourselves the gift of opening our hearts to the unknown and to the awe and beauty that nature offers at every step. All we need to do is go outside.

Sarojani Rohan, mother of Dov ("01), co-founded Mount Madonna School's Preschool/Kindergarten program with husband Premdas Rohan in 1981. Program Director since 1995, she also continues to teach in the classroom.

  Suki's Blog: Winning and Losing

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I think that contests are great for kids for a variety of reasons:

* When you do something and throw it in a drawer, it doesn't achieve the sort of finality and finished quality that it does when you see it hanging in a show or displayed in a hall.
* When there's a goal to work toward, kids tend to do a more thorough job.
* The experience of submitting something and, in the case of the science fair, having to explain it is a much deeper learning experience than just doing it and moving on.

Most importantly, though, winning and losing really are a part of life. And part of raising a child is teaching him or her to be able to understand what losing means, and by extension, what winning really means. Read the entire blog>>>>

 

  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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School Corner

 

Waldorf Alive! A Walk Through the Grades 10/7

 

Bike to School 10/7

 

Chartwell School Informal Tour 10/12

 

The New High School Project Informal Tour 10/12

 

Monte Foundation Raise $ for your school

 

Good Shepherd Harvest Festival 10/23

 

Challenge & Inspire Your Gifted Child Talk 10/25

 

CCISF Central Coast Middle and High School Fair 10/27

 

SPIN IEP Training 11/13

 

 

Save the Date!

October 27, 6:30pm


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Come and meet representatives from 17 area public, private and charter schools.

 

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 25th Annual Cultural Council Open Studios Art Tour

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This is the year to make it happen for you, your family and your friends. For a mere $20 dollars, you can enter to win $200 of Open Studios Art!

The 2010 Artist Guide/Calendar, your entry "ticket" into the Tour, has clearly-designated artists who will be offering live demonstrations of their creative process.

The Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County's Open Studios Art Tour takes place the first three weekends in October. From the redwoods to the sea, thousands of art enthusiasts visit with artists in their studios to see the creative process at work.

(Special Event Page Graphics) OpenStudios_CheckOutMySong.jpgThe Open Studios Art Tour is a self-guided tour with 300 studios open throughout Santa Cruz County. Art Tour information is available through the 15-month Artist Guide/Calendar, a Preview Exhibit at the Santa Cruz Art League, and on our website The museum-quality, 15-month Artist Guide/Calendar, available for $20 at more than 50 locations in Santa Cruz County, includes a map of Open Studios Locations and contact information for each artist. Calendar sales benefit local arts and arts learning programs.

Studios Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Oct 2 & 3 South County (south of the Santa Cruz Harbor)
Oct 9 & 10 North County (north of the Santa Cruz Harbor)
Oct 16 & 17 Encore Weekend (optional)

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