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Thoughtful Thursday: How Poetry Can Help Children Love Reading

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday features a delightful video from PBS News Hour in which author Jason Reynolds explains how poetry can help reluctant readers learn to love literature. Reynolds notes, “The separate stanzas aid and perpetuate a kind of incremental reading one small chunk at a time” which makes it much more approachable and enjoyable. Definitely […]

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Playground Danger

A recent New York Times article found here brings alarming news for parents: a parasite that is often found in stray dogs and cats has been found across the nation in places where children play, and children exposed to the parasite could develop problems with their breathing, liver function, eyesight and their cognitive skills. Don’t […]

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How to Talk to Our Sons about Gender Equality

Although more and more of the recent GCP posts have been gender neutral, today’s post takes us back to our roots with a focus on our boys. So here’s a timely question: Are we doing all we can to raise our boys to respect girls and women, fight gender stereotypes, and understand the importance of […]

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It’s Almost Halloween: Are Your Children Ready for Scary Movies?

With Halloween a week away, scary movies are all around. From “It” and Boo 2!A Madea Halloween” in the theaters to countless horror movies running on TV and available on demand, it will be pretty easy for your children to get their fill of frights over the next few days. But can they handle it? […]

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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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How Do We Talk With Our Children About The Las Vegas Mass Shooting?

Another mass shooting, this time at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas. How do we talk to our children about this tragic event? GCP has discussed this issue before, after Newton and Charleston . And now we must talk about Las Vegas. But what should we say? Experts say it depends on how old our […]

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Happy Earth Day! Tips for Celebrating With Your Sons

Happy Earth Day! Here’s what you should know about today: What is it? An international celebration of the importance of protecting and bettering the globe. This year, the theme for Earth Day is “Environmental & Climate Literacy.” The goal is to make sure that by 2020, students graduating high school are climate and environment literate. […]

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Read Rice & Rocks With Your Sons!

Looking for a wonderful picture book celebrating culture and diversity that your sons (and your daughters) will love? Rice & Rocks introduces us to the delightful young Giovanni, who is looking forward to another great Sunday of hanging out with his pet parrot Jasper and playing with his friends who are coming to dinner, until […]

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Talking to Your Young Children About Slavery: 5 Things to Know

“Tell us about your first relative to come to the United States. Where did he or she come from?” A third grader had this question for homework the other day. His dad called me in a panic: “We haven’t told him about slavery yet–he’s too young. How is he supposed to answer this?” After commiserating […]

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It Begins Early: Study Suggests Pre-School Bias Against Black Boys

Here’s disturbing news from researchers at Yale University: Teachers may be more inclined to expect bad behavior from black preschoolers–especially black boys–than from white preschoolers. As reported recently in a Washington Post article found here, in a recent study over 130 preschool teachers were asked to view video clips of young children in classrooms and […]

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