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Thoughtful Thursday: Poetry For Pride Month

In celebration of Pride Month, today's Thoughtful Thursday features works by LBGTQ poets.  Some of these poets have been featured in many Thoughtful Thursdays, like June Jordan (1936-2002) and Audrey Lorde (1934-1992), and others, like E. Ethelbert Miller (b. 1950) and Blas Falconer, are new to these pages. The voice of the other, the ones less heard, is strong [...]

OK For Kids to Call Adults by their First Name? I Say No. What Do You Say?

I always encouraged (required, actually) my children’s friends to call me Mrs. Lewis, and I insisted that my children call most adults Mr. or Mrs./Ms. as well. If the parents were really good friends, they became “Aunt” and “Uncle” to our kids, and we were the same to theirs. But that was the only exception. Once my children started [...]

The Value of School-Year-End Celebrations

At the end of every school year, my mom would make a date with my brother and me for a night out to celebrate.  She was an elementary school teacher, so we were all celebrating having finished up another year. We would usually go out to dinner, and then to a movie (for several years running, we saw "Shaft" [...]

Get a Jump on Helping Your Kids Avoid Summer Slide!

As school winds down for the year, now is the time to focus on how you can help your sons and daughters stay on top of their academic game throughout the summer.  As you probably know, when math and reading skills aren’t practiced over the summer, kids can lose 2 to 3 months of progress—that's the dreaded "Summer Slide".  [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Money Matters

Did you know that April is Financial Literary Month?  (So many themes, only 12 months, some months have to do double duty.) In 2004 the U.S. Senate designated April as Financial Literary Month in an effort to encourage Americans to  establish and maintain healthy financial habits.   Since it is Financial Literacy Month, today's Thoughtful Thursday features poems about money. But [...]

How to Get the Most Out of Museum Visits with Your Children

When is the last time you were at a museum with your children?  Did your kids have a great time discovering and learning about the museum's treasures?  Or did their melt downs and/or complaints of boredom and hunger force you to end the trip early?  In today's first class of "The Inside Guide to Helping Your Child Thrive from [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Farewell, Women’s History Month

On our last Thoughtful Thursday in Women's History Month  we celebrate the work of three wonderful poets:  the wonderfully accomplished and prolific June Jordan (1936–2002); the brilliant British poet and activist Warsan Shire (b.1988), who is most widely known as the poet whose work was featured in Beyonce's visual album Lemonade; and the young talented poet and writer Alexandra [...]

The Inside Guide to NYC Parenting–Coming in April!

BIG NEWS!  I've  developed a series of parenting classes called The Inside Guide to NYC Parenting, and it is coming to Hunter College in April!!  If you live in or around NYC, you can join us to discover answers to  some of the pressing parenting questions I've been focusing on for years in this blog.  I'll be offering resources, [...]

Help your Children Thrive in School with Code.Org and Learning Heroes

Looking for ways to help your children stay motivated and succeed in school?  Check out these resources we've recently discovered: Code.org.  It is no secret that knowing how to code will put children at a huge advantage when they reach the job market.  Jobs that require coding make up 58% of all projected new jobs in STEM fields, and [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

For today’s Thoughtful Thursday we celebrate a wonderful African American poet whom we at GCP have only recently discovered: Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911).  In addition to being a poet, Harper was a journalist, fiction writer and activist. Born in Baltimore to free African American parents,  she learned to read and write at the Academy for Negro Youth run [...]