Ages 13-15

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Time for Summer Camp Planning

It's December, and as winter storms sweep across the nation, it's time...to plan summertime activities!   Believe it or not, it is not too early to start planning what your kids will be doing in the summer of 2020. Camps start filling their spaces in January, and camp consultants are already planning events to introduce parents to a variety of [...]

Thanksgiving Family Dinner Do’s and Don’ts

With Thanksgiving a few days away, everyone is gearing up for family gatherings and good eating.  Whether there are just a few of you or you are having a family reunion around the table, it is important to enjoy the time together for this holiday meal.  Here are some Do's and Don'ts to help make sure the holiday is [...]

Not Again…How Do We Talk With Our Children About These Mass Shootings?

As we all know, on the morning of November 14, 2019, a sixteen year old boy walked into his high school, Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California, pulled out a .45 caliber handgun from his backpack and fired on a group of students.  In 16 seconds he shot 5 students and then himself.  The shooter and two of [...]

Educational Resources on Amazon.com

Ever wonder where to find high quality, teacher-tested educational materials online to help your child master a tough subject or learn more about a subject he or she loves?  You may soon need look no further than the site from which you can get just about anything else:  Amazon.com. Amazon Education has just launched "Amazon Ignite", an educational materials [...]

Take Your Family To See HARRIET This Weekend!!!

GCP has been off the grid for a few weeks but we just had to pop back in today to say Run, Don't Walk, to see the great new movie HARRIET which is opening in theaters nationwide tomorrow, November 1!!! We saw it when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and it is an exciting and inspirational film [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Contests for Your Budding Writers and Artists!

Is your son or daughter an inspiring poet?  A good writer?  A talented artist?  Time to enter a contest and show the world these talents!  Today's Thoughtful Thursday showcases a few contests your creative children may want to enter. Click on the links for more details. National Poetry Month Poster Contest: Students in grades 9 through 12  can enter [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month

Did you know that National Hispanic Heritage Month began on September 15th and ends on October 15th?  And why, you may ask, does this celebration of the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America start in the middle of one month and end in the middle of the [...]

GCP Back-to-School Tips for Parents

Summer vacation is done (hope your family had a great one) and the school year has begun!  Don't know about you, but I love the back-to-school season.  A new year, a clean slate, a fresh start.  Here are some valuable GCP Back-to-school do's and don'ts  for you busy parents which will help your children begin the new school year in [...]

How Do We Talk To Our Children About These Latest Mass Shootings?

All hell broke loose, it seems, while  GCP was on vacation last week.  Not one but TWO mass shootings, where innocent victims were targeted by deranged shooters.  We experience the shock, anger, and helplessness of watching people's lives be cut tragically short at a community festival, at the local Walmart.  As adults we are shook to the core.  It's been [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Joy Harjo, Our New U.S. Poet Laureate

Last month, Joy Harjo was named the U.S.’s 23rd Poet Laureate.  She is the first Native American to be appointed to this role.  She takes the position in September 2019, following U.S. Poet Laureate Tracey K. Smith, whose work has been featured often in Thoughtful Thursday posts. Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1951, and is a member [...]