Ages 13-15

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Caring in this Crisis: Helping Others

In an earlier post we talked about the importance of caring for yourself physically and mentally during this COVID-19 crisis.  Today we want to focus on caring for others:  what can you and your family do to help others in this time of need? Even though parents have so much on their plates now, taking some time to focus [...]

The Latest in Online Resources: Wide Open School from Common Sense Media

Hang in there, homeschooling parents, more help is on the way!  Common Sense Media has just launched its Wide Open School platform, a free collection of high quality online learning experiences for families and educators.  Common Sense Media recognizes that our education system is not prepared for this abrupt transition to remote learning, and that while some schools are [...]

The Latest Online Learning Resources from Common Sense, You Tube and More!

Need more homeschooling materials?  Here are the latest online learning resources to help you and your children: Common Sense Media, a trusted guide for media and technology, has just released customizable learning packets for K- 2nd grade students.  While these packets were principally designed for teachers, they are intended for use by parents and children as well. The materials [...]

Just Launched: Free AP Review Classes from the College Board

Do you have a high schooler who had planned to take AP exams this spring? Here's two bits of good news: 1)The College Board is developing a new at-home testing option for students; and 2) The College Board has just launched a full schedule of FREE AP review classes on their AP YouTube channel. You can find more from [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Solitude and Solidarity

It's Thoughtful Thursday, and boy could we use some poetry to distract us right about now.  Poets.org, the website of the Academy of American Poets, asked its membership to suggest poetry to help us cope and give us courage.  Four of the many poems suggested are featured below. "Alone", by our beloved Maya Angelou (1928-2014), reminds us that we [...]

More Great Online Homeschooling Resources For Parents and Students

Trying not to overwhelm you all, but we want to send along some more great homeschooling resources: Khan Academy:  This free online learning site is taking it's responsibility to help parents and teachers with remote learning very seriously.  Starting with the page that asks "How Can Khan Academy Be Used For Remote Learning During School Closures?",  the site gives [...]

Lesson Planning for the Homeschooling Week Ahead

My mom taught 5th grade and was a reading specialist in NYC public schools for over 30 years.  When I was young, we knew that whatever weekend family activity we planned would need to end by Sunday afternoon so Mommy could focus on her lesson plans for the week. When I started teaching my Parenting courses at Hunter last [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Some Poetry Fun for the Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls You Know & Love

How is all this family togetherness working out for ya? It's Thoughtful Thursday, and we figured you and your children might need some comic relief. Here are a few wonderfully wicked poems by Shel Silverstein (who authored The Giving Tree). They were included in Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls, a book of poems about ill-mannered boys and girls, compiled [...]

Online Learning Resources: Homeschooling Help

Remote Learning, Homeschooling, it's a new day, and we need to try to get up to speed on all of this pretty quickly. Here's a list of online learning resources for you and your children to help you navigate this brave new world: Getting Organized: sites to help you get started Seven Strategies to Plan, Prioritize and...Plan?!!: tips for [...]