What are You Doing Every Day/Week? Record it on this Calendar. If you can’t print the calendar call Kim or Ericka and we’ll send you a few copies, or create a similar calendar on a piece of paper.
Amador Day Program ZOOM Meetings:
- Mondays at 10:00am for Social!
- Mondays at 11:00am for Relationships!
- Mondays at 1:00pm for Art!
- Mondays at 2:00pm for Spanish!
- Tuesdays at 10:00am for Brain Games!
- Tuesdays at 11:00am for History!
- Tuesdays at 1:00pm for Kitchen!
- Tuesdays at 2:00pm for Math!
- Tuesdays at 3:00pm for Rec!
- Wednesdays at 10:00am for Zoology!
- Wednesdays at 11:00am for Independent Living!
- Wednesdays at 1:00pm for Cultural Art!
- Wednesdays at 2:00pm for Exercise / Yoga!
- Thursdays at 10:00am for Book Club!
- Thursdays from 1:00pm for Music!
- Thursdays at 3:00pm for Rec!
- Fridays at 10:00am for Current Events!
- Fridays at 11:00am for Time / Science!
- Fridays at 1:00pm for 3 R's!
- Fridays at 2:00pm for Fun and Games!
- stay tuned for more to come!
Calaveras Day Program ZOOM Meetings:
- Mondays at 8:00am for Spanish!
- Mondays at 11:00am for Excel/Computers!
- Mondays at 1:00pm for Social Hour!
- Monday's at 3:00pm for Rec!
- Tuesdays at 8:30am for Fitness!
- Tuesdays at 9:45am for Creative Writing!
- Tuesdays at 10:30am for Sign Language!
- Tuesdays at 1:15pm for Spanish!
- Wednesdays at 8:00am for Brain Games!
- Wednesdays at 10:45am for Social Hour!
- Wednesdays at 11:45am for Virtual Tours!
- Wednesdays at 1:15pm for Open Future Learning!
- Wednesdays at 3:00pm for Rec!
- Thursdays at 10:00am for Music!
- Thursdays at 2:00pm for Trivia!
- Fridays at 10:00am for Art Demo!
- Fridays at 11:00am for Reading Literacy!
- Fridays at 1:00pm for Newsletter!
- Fridays at 2:30pm for Cooking with Math!
- Stay tuned for more to come!
Visit the Gorilla – How are their communities different? How are they the same? How are they entertaining themselves? Can we learn anything from them?
Budget for the Week: (Interactive and Ongoing Throughout Facility Closure). Let’s say you can go to WalMart every weekend to get things you need. This week we’ll give you $14. What would you buy with it? Record your transactions on this Check Book Register. If you can’t print the register call Kim or Ericka at the phone numbers below and we’ll send you a few copies, or create a similar register on a piece of paper. So far you've received:
Sports & Fitness
Exercise of the Week: Chair Crunch
What to Do:
- Sit at the edge of the office chair and hold it for support.
- Touch the ground with your toes with hills raised.
- Recline the upper half of your back so that it touches the office chair.
- Start lifting both legs together towards the belly.
Friday Night Dance Party 8pm – 9pm: https://www.facebook.com/events/808640122957828/?active_tab=about
Easy Beginner Yoga: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6F0l9lVnKdQ
Sport Movie of the Week: Soul Surfer
In 2003, 13-year-old Bethany Hamilton lives in Kauai, Hawaii with her parents Tom and Cheri, and two older brothers, Noah and Timmy. All are surfers, but she and her best friend Alana Blanchard have grown up with a passion for the sport and have competed together most of their childhood.
When Bethany and Alana place first and third at a competition, their church youth ministry leader, Sarah Hill, is disappointed Bethany and Alana have to withdraw from a planned mission trip to Mexico in order to train for the Hawaiian Island Regionals contest. On Halloween, Tom goes to the hospital for knee surgery, and the girls go surfing with Alana's father Holt and brother Byron. As Bethany dangles her left arm in the water while she is talking to Alana, a shark unexpectedly attacks and bites off her left arm just below the shoulder. Holt, Alana, and Byron get her out of the water where Holt makes a tourniquet out of his swimshirt to put on her while Byron calls 911 as Cheri is also informed. An ambulance meets them on the way to the hospital. Just before starting Tom's knee surgery, Dr. David Rovinsky is called to the emergency room to treat Bethany. Besides losing her left arm, she also lost over 60% of her blood and Dr. Rovinsky calls her survival a miracle.
The onslaught of paparazzi also proves to be a great strain on her family and their privacy. The Hamiltons are grateful to Holt for his quick and active thinking and decisive action that saved her life. Her injury prevents her from participating in the Rip Curl photo shoots, but she wishes Alana well.
Local fisherman eventually catch and kill the same shark that bit Bethany's arm off, much to Tom's satisfaction when he tests the size of its mouth with the bite size on Bethany's surfboard.
Bethany perseveres and after a recuperation period, gets back in the water, and learns to surf with one arm. Inside Edition offers to provide a prosthetic one that is cosmetically perfect and has bendable joints, in exchange for an interview. She angrily rejects it when she learns it will not help her surf as it is not weight bearing, as a result of the size of her arm stump.
Bethany eventually re-enters the competition, telling rival Malina not to go easy on her, and rejects a five-minute head start offered by the judges. She does not perform well because she cannot stay on the board long enough to go out and catch a competitive wave so Malina wins. Disappointed at this loss, she decides to give up competitive surfing and her friendship with Alana is strained following an argument.
Bethany decides to surprise Sarah by joining the youth group on another mission trip to help the people of Phuket, Thailand who were devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Despite her recent tragedy, she joins her youth group to help the Thai children get over their fear of the ocean. They are understandably afraid of the water, including a little boy. She decides to go into it with a surfboard, hoping this will coax him into it. It works, and the realization that she can use her gift to inspire people motivates her to take up surfing again.
Read more about Soul Surfer here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soul_Surfer_(film)
Watch Soul Surfer on Vudu, Amazon or on DVD…
Recipe of the Week: Chicken Scampi
Fruit/Vegetable Smoothie of the Week: Tropical Summer Fruit Smoothie
- 1 1/2 cups frozen mango chunks
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup frozen sweet pineapple
- 2 cups orange juice
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt
Blend together for a delicious, healthy drink and garnish with the mint leaves.
Self-Care BINGO: A new BINGO card will come out each week - how fast can you get a BINGO? Three days? Two maybe?
Travel / Around the World
Tahiti, previously also known as Otaheite) is the largest island of the Windward group of the Society Islands in French Polynesia, located in the central part of the Pacific Ocean. Divided into two parts, Tahiti Nui (bigger, northwestern part) and Tahiti Iti (smaller, southeastern part), the island was formed from volcanic activity; it is high and mountainous with surrounding coral reefs. Its population is 189,517 inhabitants (2017 census),making it the most populous island of French Polynesia and accounting for 68.7% of its total population.
Tahiti is the economic, cultural, and political centre of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity and an overseas country of the French Republic. The capital of French Polynesia, Papeete, is located on the northwest coast of Tahiti. The only international airport in the region, Faa'a International Airport, is on Tahiti near Papeete. Tahiti was originally settled by Polynesians between 300 and 800 AD. They represent about 70% of the island's population, with the rest made up of Europeans, Chinese, and those of mixed heritage. The island was part of the Kingdom of Tahiti until its annexation by France in 1880, when it was proclaimed a colony of France, and the inhabitants became French citizens. French is the only official language, although the Tahitian language (Reo Tahiti) is widely spoken.
Tahiti is the highest and largest island in French Polynesia lying close to Mo'orea island. It is located 4,400 kilometres (2,376 nautical miles) south of Hawaii, 7,900 km (4,266 nmi) from Chile, 5,700 km (3,078 nmi) from Australia.
The island is 45 km (28 mi) across at its widest point and covers an area of 1,045 km2 (403 sq mi). The highest peak is Mont Orohena (Mou'a 'Orohena) (2,241 m (7,352 ft)). Mount Roonui, or Mount Ronui (Mou'a Rōnui), in the southeast rises to 1,332 m (4,370 ft). The island consists of two roughly round portions centered on volcanic mountains and connected by a short isthmus named after the small town of Taravao, which is situated there.]
The northwestern portion is known as Tahiti Nui ("big Tahiti"), while the much smaller southeastern portion is known as Tahiti Iti ("small Tahiti") or Tai'arapū. Tahiti Nui is heavily populated along the coast, especially around the capital, Papeete.
The interior of Tahiti Nui is almost entirely uninhabited. Tahiti Iti has remained isolated, as its southeastern half (Te Pari) is accessible only to those travelling by boat or on foot. The rest of the island is encircled by a main road which cuts between the mountains and the sea. Tahiti's landscape features lush rainforests and many rivers and waterfalls, including the Papenoo River on the north side and the Fautaua Falls near Papeete.
To learn more about Tahiti visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tahiti
Let’s Write a Poem
Rules for Writing Good Poetry - More Practice
Last week we shared come rules about writing good poetry, some of you really liked that so we'll repeat the rules and write another poem! Here are the guidelines for those looking to take their poetry writing to the next level:
- Read a lot of poetry. If you want to write poetry, start by reading poetry. You can do this in a casual way by letting the words of your favorite poems wash over you without necessarily digging for deeper meaning.
- Listen to live poetry recitations. By listening to the sounds of good poetry, you discover the beauty of its construction—the mix of stressed syllables and unstressed syllables, alliteration and assonance, a well placed internal rhyme, clever line breaks, and more.
- Start small. A short poem like a haiku or a simple rhyming poem might be more attainable than diving into a narrative epic. A simple rhyming poem can be a non-intimidating entryway to poetry writing.
- Don’t obsess over your first line. If you don’t feel you have exactly the right words to open your poem, don’t give up there. Keep writing and come back to the first line when you’re ready.
- Embrace tools. Use a thesaurus or a rhyming dictionary to help you complete a poem, You’d be surprised how many professional writers also make use of these tools. Just be sure you understand the true meaning of the words you insert into your poem.
- Enhance the poetic form with literary devices. Develop your poetry writing skills by inserting metaphor, allegory, synecdoche, metonymy, imagery, and other literary devices into your poems.
- Try telling a story with your poem. Many of the ideas you might express in a novel, a short story, or an essay can come out in a poem.
- Express big ideas. Because good poetry is about precision of language, you can express a whole philosophy in very few words if you choose them carefully. Even seemingly light poetic forms like nursery rhymes or a silly rhyming limerick can communicate big, bold ideas. You just have to choose the right words.
- Paint with words. When a poet paints with words, they use word choice to figuratively “paint” concrete images in a reader’s mind.
This week, try writing a poem about Grandma's kitchen. Please share your poem with your advocate.
Art classes, projects and more with AMADOR ARTS at: https://www.amadorarts.org/art-from-home/
Art Project – Origami Rocket :
Scavenger Hunt: Each week we’ll have you find an item, keep all items in a “safe place”, such as a small box, for use at the end of the day program facility closure. We’ll use these items to make an art project. This week, find a blue pen. In your “safe place” you should have:
- A push pin (thumb tack)
- 12 inch piece of string
- 12 inch by 12 inch piece of cardboard
- A straw
- A rubber band
- A tooth pick
- A small paint brush
- A black Sharpie
- A shiny penny
- A can of corn
- An envelope (letter Size)
- Blue paint
- Scotch tape
- Popsicle stick
- Empty soda can
- A spoon
- A Pine cone
- Something soft
- A paperclip
- Something green
- Duct tape
- Sea shell
- Beaded necklace
- Large rock
- Bottle cap
- A Leaf
- Candy in an orange wrapper
- Red leaf
- Blue pen cap
- Gravy boat
- Bark from a tree
- A Twig
- Christmas tree ornament
- Candy cane
- Plastic spoon
- Coffee mug
- Picture frame
- Two different size rocks
- Valentine's card
- Flower from a tree
- Tiny seed
- Colorful socks
- Something green
- Flower petal
- Easter egg
- Flower pot
- Tissue paper
- Beach ball
- Business card
- Hair clip
- Post card
- Green leaf
- Binder clip
- Blue pen
Art / Museum Tour: - The British Museum https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-british-museum
Interested in Acting? Check out this great website that has TONS of pointers and lessons: https://www.theatrefolk.com/free-resources
Gaming and Other Technology
Featured Computer/Cell Phone/Tablet Game of the Week: Candy Crush Saga
Start playing Candy Crush Saga today – a legendary puzzle game loved by millions of players around the world.
Switch and match Candies in this tasty puzzle adventure to progress to the next level for that sweet winning feeling! Solve puzzles with quick thinking and smart moves, and be rewarded with delicious rainbow-colored cascades and tasty candy combos!
Plan your moves by matching 3 or more candies in a row, using boosters wisely in order to overcome those extra sticky puzzles! Blast the chocolate and collect sweet candy across thousands of levels, guaranteed to have you craving more!
Candy Crush Saga features:
THE GAME THAT KEEPS YOU CRAVING MORE
Thousands of the best levels and puzzles in the Candy Kingdom and with more added every 2 weeks your sugar fix is never far away!
MANY WAYS TO WIN REWARDS
Check back daily and spin the Daily Booster Wheel to receive free tasty rewards, and take part in time limited challenges to earn boosters to help you level up!
VARIETY OF SUGAR-COATED CHALLENGES
Sweet ways to play: Game modes including Target Score, Clear the Jelly, Collect the Ingredients and Order Mode
Card Game of the Week – Snap
OBJECT OF THE GAME
The goal is to win all of the cards
Deal out all cards face down, one at a time, beginning to the dealer’s left. It does not matter if some players have more cards than others. Each player puts their cards in a pile, face down in front of them.
The player on the dealer’s left turns over the top card of his pile and puts it face up starting a pile of cards next to their face down cards. The next player to the left does the same and so on around the table.
When someone turns up a card that matches a card already face up on another player’s pile, the first person to notice the two matched cards calls out “Snap!” and wins both piles. This player adds the cards to the bottom of their face-down pile.
When two players shout “Snap!” at the same time, the two piles are combined and placed in the center of the table face up. These cards form a “Snap Pot.” Play continues where it left off with the player to the left of the last player who turned over a card. If a player spots a card that matches the card on top of the Snap Pot, they shout “Snap Pot!” and win all of those cards. During the game, if a player runs out of cards in their face-down pile, the cards in the face up pile are turned down and the player continues to play.
Play Snap on-line at: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.nerdboy.snap&hl=en_US&gl=US
App of the Week: Candy Crush Saga -
Nature and Weird Science
The Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) is a carnivorous marsupial of the family Dasyuridae. Until recently, it was only found on the island state of Tasmania, but it has now been reintroduced to New South Wales in mainland Australia, with a small breeding population. The size of a small dog, the Tasmanian devil became the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world, following the extinction of the thylacine in 1936. It is related to quolls, and distantly related to the thylacine. It is characterised by its stocky and muscular build, black fur, pungent odour, extremely loud and disturbing screech, keen sense of smell, and ferocity when feeding. The Tasmanian devil's large head and neck allow it to generate among the strongest bites per unit body mass of any extant predatory land mammal. It hunts prey and scavenges on carrion.
Females average four breeding seasons in their life, and give birth to 20 to 30 live young after three weeks' gestation. The newborn are pink, lack fur, have indistinct facial features, and weigh around 0.20 g (0.0071 oz) at birth. The young grow rapidly, and are ejected from the pouch after around 100 days, weighing roughly 200 g (7.1 oz). The young become independent after around nine months.
In 1941, devils became officially protected. Since the late 1990s, the devil facial tumour disease (DFTD) has drastically reduced the population and now threatens the survival of the species, which in 2008 was declared to be endangered. Starting in 2013, Tasmanian devils are again being sent to zoos around the world as part of the Australian government's Save the Tasmanian Devil Program. The devil is an iconic symbol of Tasmania and many organisations, groups and products associated with the state use the animal in their logos. It is seen as an important attractor of tourists to Tasmania and has come to worldwide attention through the Looney Tunes character of the same name.
To learn more about the Tasmanian Devil visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasmanian_devil
Genre of the Week: Pop Music -
Pop is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form during the mid-1950s in the United States and the United Kingdom. The terms popular music and pop music are often used interchangeably, although the former describes all music that is popular and includes many disparate styles. During the 1950s and 1960s, pop music encompassed rock and roll and the youth-oriented styles it influenced. Rock and pop remained roughly synonymous until the late 1960s, after which pop became associated with music that was more commercial, ephemeral, and accessible.
Although much of the music that appears on record charts is seen as pop music, the genre is distinguished from chart music. Identifying factors usually include repeated choruses and hooks, short to medium-length songs written in a basic format (often the verse-chorus structure), and rhythms or tempos that can be easily danced to. Much pop music also borrows elements from other styles such as rock, urban, dance, Latin, and country.
David Hatch and Stephen Millward define pop music as "a body of music which is distinguishable from popular, jazz, and folk musics". According to Pete Seeger, pop music is "professional music which draws upon both folk music and fine arts music". David Boyle, a music researcher, states pop music as any type a music that a person has been exposed to by the mass media. Most individuals think that pop music is just the singles charts and not the sum of all chart music. The music charts contain songs from a variety of sources, including classical, jazz, rock, and novelty songs. As a genre, pop music is seen to exist and develop separately. Therefore, the term "pop music" may be used to describe a distinct genre, designed to appeal to all, often characterized as "instant singles-based music aimed at teenagers" in contrast to rock music as "album-based music for adults".
Pop music continuously evolves along with the term's definition. According to music writer Bill Lamb, popular music is defined as "the music since industrialization in the 1800s that is most in line with the tastes and interests of the urban middle class." The term "pop song" was first used in 1926, in the sense of a piece of music "having popular appeal". Hatch and Millward indicate that many events in the history of recording in the 1920s can be seen as the birth of the modern pop music industry, including in country, blues, and hillbilly music.
Read more about Pop Music at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop_music
Listen to Pop Music on Pandora, Amazon or YouTube!
Movies (for Recreation-Type Activities)
Babe, an orphaned piglet, is chosen for a "guess the weight" contest at a county fair. The winning farmer, Arthur Hoggett, brings him home and allows him to stay with a Border Collie named Fly, her mate Rex and their puppies, in the barn.
A duck named Ferdinand, who crows as roosters are said to every morning to wake people so he will be considered useful and be spared from being eaten, persuades Babe to help him destroy the alarm clock that threatens his mission. Despite succeeding in this, they wake Duchess, the Hoggetts' cat, and in the confusion accidentally destroy the living room. At the barn meeting, Rex sternly instructs Babe to stay away from Ferdinand (now a fugitive) and the house. Sometime later, when Fly's puppies are put up for sale, Babe asks if he can call her "Mom".
Christmas brings a visit from the Hoggetts' relatives. Babe is almost chosen for Christmas dinner but a duck is picked instead after Hoggett remarks to his wife Esme that Babe may bring a prize for ham at the next county fair. On Christmas Day, Babe justifies his existence by alerting Hoggett to sheep rustlers stealing sheep from one of the fields. The next day, Hoggett sees Babe sort the hens, separating the brown from the white ones. Impressed, he takes him to the fields and allows him to try and herd the sheep. Encouraged by an elder ewe named Maa, the sheep cooperate, but Rex sees Babe's actions as an insult to sheepdogs and confronts Fly in a vicious fight for encouraging Babe. He injures her leg and accidentally bites Hoggett's hand when he tries to intervene. Rex is then chained to the dog house, muzzled and sedated, leaving the sheep herding job to Babe.
One morning, Babe is awakened by the sheep's cries and finds three dogs attacking them. Although he manages to scare them off, Maa is mortally injured and dies as a result. Hoggett arrives and, thinking that Babe killed her, prepares to shoot him. Fly is so anxious to find out whether he is guilty or innocent that, instead of barking orders at the sheep, she talks to them to find out what happened. Learning the truth, she barks to distract Hoggett, delaying him until Esme mentions that the police say feral dogs have been killing sheep on neighboring farms and asks him why he has taken his shotgun out.
When Esme leaves on a trip, Hoggett signs Babe up for a local sheepherding competition. As it is raining the night before, Hoggett lets him and Fly into the house. However, Duchess scratches him when he tries to speak to her, so Hoggett immediately confines her outside. When she is let back in later, she gets revenge on Babe by revealing that humans eat pigs. Horrified, he runs out to the barn and learns from Fly that this is true. The next morning, Fly discovers that Babe has run away. She and Rex alert Hoggett and they all search for him. Rex finds him in a cemetery and Hoggett brings him home. However, he is still demoralized and refuses to eat. Hoggett gives him a drink from a baby bottle, sings to him "If I Had Words" and dances a jig for him. This restores Babe's faith in Hoggett's affection and he begins eating again.
Read more about Babe at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babe_(film)
Watch Babe on Hulu, Amazon or DVD…
DVDs are checked out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Many of the DVD's are listed below. If you are interested, talk to your advocate!
Rick Steve’s Europe (4 Disk) Germany, Swiss alps and Travel Skills, Easter Europe, Italy
Rick Steve’s Europe (4 Disk) Great Britain, Ireland, Spain and Portugal, France and Benelux
Rick Steve’s PBS 11 Shows 2013-2014 (2 disk)
Colorado’s Scenic Train Ride
Kiwi Country New Zealand
Must See Places of the World: Australia the Beautiful
Alaska’s Inside Passage x 2
America By Rail, rout of the Southwest Chief
All Aboard the Potomac Eagle A Scenic Train Ride
Point Lobos, Timeless Coast
The States, Volume 2
Travel the World by Train
Rick Steves’ Scandinavia ( 2 disk)
Rick Steves’ Germany, Benelux, and More (2 disk)
Reader’s Digest Must See Places-Wildlife Treasures
Reader’s Digest Must See Places-Scenic Cruises of the World
Reader’s Digest Must See Places-Australia the Beautiful
Animals and Nature
Cry of The Penguin
Deadly Down Under
Wolves at Our Door
Must See Places of the World: Wildlife Treasures
White Shark, Outside the Cage
Planet-Ocean (5 disk)
Explore The Wildlife Kingdom, Lions
Explore The Wildlife Kingdom, the hidden world of Africa
Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom
Living with Tigers
The Best of nature (6 disk)
Discovery Queen of the Elephants
Disney African Cats
Explore The Wildlife Kingdom, Cougars
Flight the Genius of Birds
March of the Penguins
JAWS of the Pacific
The Last Frontier
The Wildest Dream, conquest of Everest
Forbidden City, The Great Within
The Legend of Bigfoot
Flying Scotsman, the World’s Most Famous Locomotive
U.S. Navy Carriers
MythBusters Big Blasts collections (2 disk)
Thunderbirds, Skies of Thunder
Carrier, fortress At Sea
Ken Burns National Parks (6 disk)
Reader’s Digest Must See Places-Marvels of Mankind
Reader’s Digest Must See Places-Mysteries of the Ancient World
Informational and Independent Living
My Life, My Choice Person Directed Living
Possibilities, Disabilities and the Arts
It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend
Managing Threatening Confrontations
Oops, Wrong Planet (Understanding Asperger’s syndrome)
Normal People Scare Me; A Film About AUTISM
How To Make a Good Decision At Home
How To Make A Good Decision In The Community
How To Make A Good Decision In the Workplace or Day Program
Overcoming Obstacles to Learning
How to Improve thinking Strategies for People With Developmental Disabilities (2 disk)
Understanding Developmental Disabilities (2 disk)
I have Tourette’s But Tourette’s Doesn’t Have Me
Leadership Through Personal Change, Ways to Have The Life You Want (2 disk)
The Ethics of Touch, Establishing and Maintaining Appropriate Boundaries
Positive Behavioral Supports, Meeting Unmet Needs
Wii Just Dance Disney Party
Wii Just Dance 2018
Wii Dance Summer Party
Wii Just Dance 4
Wii Just Dance 2014
Wii Just Dance 2
Wii Just Dance 2015
Wii Just Dance 2020
Eat Right For A Long And Healthy Life
Richard Simmons Party Off The Pounds
Richard Simmons Dancin’ To The Oldies
Walking Down Your Blood Sugar, controlling Diabete