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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County
Parenting
September 9, 2010
Parenting Choices
"Circus Imagination"
Suki's Blog: Homeschooling... the very foundation of our democracy is choice
This Week
Learn about our Ohlone heritage
Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits
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  Parenting Choices

(Site Photos) Grandparents.jpgSunday is Grandparents Day! If you don't have a nearby grandparent,  give a smile to someone who might be one.  Honor the parent who helped you grow up and gave you the tools to become a conscientious parent.

Parenting is an awesome responsibility involving myriad choices from schooling to the kind of movies we allow, toys we encourage, nutrition we support, behavior we encourage/discourage, how to teach good character, et.al.  We learn a lot about ourselves through the parenting process.   We hear words coming out of our mouths from the recesses of our childhood.  We read about, go to classes, and discuss how to parent.

Parenting is fun and entertaining, tiring and exasperating and often so heartwarming that our hearts are 'filled to bursting'. 

Always it involves choices.  It's helpful to develop our own parenting map --here's where we want to go and here's the route the get there, with room for detours, adjustments and longer visits.  There are tons of books with advice for us, counselors and coaches ready to guide us --because it is one of the most challenging roles we will ever encounter-- yet it all comes back to making our own best choices for our families. 

SantaCruzParent.com offers a few choices for fun and education, getting out in nature and selecting enrichment classes.  It would be difficult to go to all these entertaining and educational events, yet over an 18 year time span, you can very likely fit in a great variety of events and build some excellent memories, not to mention good citizens and engaged young adults.

Enjoy! Parmalee

  "Circus Imagination"

(Special Event Page Graphics) SCCountyFair_CircusImagination.jpgNew to the 2010 Santa Cruz County Fair is "Circus Imagination." In the summer of 1986 they were known as the Traveling Circus and played most of the Western United States. They are back this year with a new name and an exciting new mission.

Circus Imagination involves 20 to 25 children per show who actively dress up and go off to join the circus. Well they don't really go too far, as all the fun takes place on the Playhouse Stage.  Parents will love the fact that children who join Circus Imagination are the stars, not just props or inactive members of the audience.  Circus Imagination does not end when the show is over. Moms and dads are delighted to find that their children bring home the inspiration to put on their own circus.

Combining learning and positive growth in fun activities is at the heart of the Santa Cruz County Fair's mission to serve area youth.

Circus Imagination takes to the Playhouse Stage three times daily at 2:00, 4:00 and 6:0pm, Sept 14-19.

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  Suki's Blog: Homeschooling... the very foundation of our democracy is choice

(Site Photos) SukiRedHead_138.jpgI was working on an article about "back to homeschooling", and in the midst of corresponding with representatives of the wide range of local homeschoolers, I came across yet another incendiary piece on the web about how awful homeschooling is, how it's damaging children, killing public education, and shaking the very foundation of our republic.

You can read any number of these pieces on the web, just Google it. But it got me to thinking how my thinking has come around on this issue, due to my own experience and to meeting all these great and varied homeschoolers in my community.

Click on "homeschooling" on my blog site and you'll see that I am what is called by our ilk "a reluctant homeschooler." I never had any intention of following this path, unlike many of the committed, inspired parents I interact with in our community. Here are some thoughts on how my viewpoint has changed since that fateful day I was forced to become a homeschooler...  continued>>>

  This Week

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Seymour Center School Tours

Chartwell School Informal Tour 9/14

The New High School Project Informal Tour 9/14

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Date Night is Back!

Sept. 18

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Save the dates!

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lederhosen & dirndls!

 

Oktoberfest

Tyrolean Inn

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September 24-26

Karl Lebherz Band

Big Lou and

Die Alpen Band California

9600 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond

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Dinner for
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Homestyle Roasted Chicken Pot Pie with Dinner Rolls and Organic Spring Mix
$27.95 ($6.99 per serving)

 A creamy sauce with hearty vegetables and tender chicken, bakes up in a tender and flaky crust.

 

Dessert!

Mission Hill

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Organic Hand Packed Ice Cream and Sorbet
Pint $7.00
($1.75 per serving)

Ice Cream--Strawberry, Vanilla, Chocolate;

Sorbet--Strawberry, Pineapple, Mango. Pint.

 

Order online:

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 Learn about our Ohlone heritage

(Site Photos) Nat_Hist_Mus_Ohlone.jpg Celebrate the Ohlone People of the past with those of the present at Ohlone Day.

Ohlone dancers and demonstrators will share traditional basketry, songs, stories, tools, musical instruments, soap root brushes, and history.

(Special Event Page Graphics) OhloneAtlatl.jpgThe Ohlone language will be incorporated into the day's activities.

You can throw an atlatl, make a tule craft, play Ohlone games and try your hand at fire making.

Henry Cowell State Park, Admission is free, and parking is $10.00. For more information, call 831-335-7077.

 

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Date: 09/29/2018 from 9:00am to 8:00pm
Ages: Able to do 3.5 mile hike
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  Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits

by Benedict Carey

(Site Photos) StudentStudying_JrHigh.jpgEvery September, millions of parents try a kind of psychological witchcraft, to transform their summer-glazed campers into fall students, their video-bugs into bookworms. Advice is cheap and all too familiar: Clear a quiet work space. Stick to a homework schedule. Set goals. Set boundaries. Do not bribe (except in emergencies).

And check out the classroom. Does Junior's learning style match the new teacher's approach? Or the school's philosophy? Maybe the child isn't "a good fit" for the school.

Such theories have developed in part because of sketchy education research that doesn't offer clear guidance. Student traits and teaching styles surely interact; so do personalities and at-home rules. The trouble is, no one can predict how.

Yet there are effective approaches to learning, at least for those who are motivated. In recent years, cognitive scientists have shown that a few simple techniques can reliably improve what matters most: how much a student learns from studying.

The findings can help anyone, from a fourth grader doing long division to a retiree taking on a new language. But they directly contradict much of the common wisdom about good study habits, and they have not caught on.

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