Ground Control Parenting – Carol Sutton Lewis

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Academics

Beat Summer Slide with Summer Stride!

You may have heard about “ summer slide”, where over the summer students can lose two to three months of progress in math and reading and fall behind when they return to school in the fall.  But did you know that by the time a student gets to the 5th grade, the summer learning loss […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Blessing the Boats by Lucille Clifton

Hello GCP‘ers! Yes, it has been a while, and while it is not actually Thursday, (let’s call it “Thursday Plus”) here is a lovely Thoughtful Thursday poem for you all, “Blessing the Boats” by the renowned African American poet Lucille Clifton (1936-2010). Born in Depew, New York in 1936, Clifton’s first book of poetry was […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Celebrating Black Women Poets

Yesterday we said bye to February’s Black History Month, and today we say hey to Women’s History Month. While we at GCP are not the biggest fans of the designation of just one month out of the year to focus on the great contributions Black people and women have made to our nation’s history, for […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Love Poems

In honor of Valentine’s Day next week, today’s Thoughtful Thursday features love poetry from an array of poets. We begin with a couple of love poems from Langston Hughes, whom poet Elizabeth Alexander rightly calls “’our’ poet laureate, our’Shakespeare in Harlem.'” Then on a poem from Nikki Giovanni, one of the world’s best known African […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Happy Birthday Langston Hughes!

Today begins Black History Month! Actually, we like to think of every month as Black History Month here at GCP, as we want our children to learn about their history all year long. Today is also Langston Hughes’ birthday, so on this Thoughtful Thursday we honor him by featuring a few of this great poet’s […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Veteran’s Day

Saturday is Veteran’s Day. Today’s Thoughtful Thursday offers three poems by Yusef Komunyakaa (b. 1947), a celebrated poet who is a veteran and writes about his experiences in and after his service in the Vietnam War. Komunyakaa served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1970 as a correspondent and as managing editor of […]

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Checking In on the School Front

The school year is in full swing now. Children have settled into the work, and there are still a few solid weeks left before the holidays hit. In case you’ve been on autopilot, it is time to check in and see how things are going at school. Here are some tips and advice on how […]

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Use Success Academy Secrets to Help Your Child Read

Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City have had an impressive track record of helping students achieve impressive results on statewide reading tests. Their website boasts that this year 84% of their students (their “scholars”) passed the mandatory English Language Arts (ELA) tests and 95% passed the math tests, making them the #1 school […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Celebrating Fall

With the wind kicking up here in New York City today, it finally is beginning to feel like fall. It is only fitting then that today’s Thoughtful Thursday offers up some poems to celebrate the season. In “Merry Autumn” the great African American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar notes how the festive fall colors brighten up […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Back-to-school

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday offers quotes to help our children and ourselves with the transition to a new school year. Here are some quotes to remind us of the value of the educational journey, and some to encourage them as they return to the classroom. Share with your sons, and enjoy. “Education is the most powerful […]

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