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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Helping Our Kids Deal With Racial Insensitivity

The NYT article "When a Black Student Plays Along With the K.K.K. Joke, What's a College to Do?", written by Ronald Crutcher, the (African American) president of the University of Richmond, details the aftermath of his discovery of an 1980 photo of U. Richmond white students dressed as Ku Klux Klansmen surrounding a grinning African American student posing with [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Summertime Poetry

As we near mid July, today's Thoughtful Thursday celebrates Summer.  We do so with a variety of poems about summer from a variety of poets.  We start with a classic from Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), who "In Summer" waxes eloquently about a song for a summer's day.  Then we have a delightful ode to a "Firefly", a familiar summer [...]

It’s National Summer Learning Week! How Are You Celebrating?

National Summer Learning Week,  July 8 - 13,  is a celebration of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the year.  Established over 25 years ago by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), the celebration this year will have a daily focus on a different theme: [...]

Summer Reading Starts NOW!!!

Summer's here and it's time to make sure your kids are set with their summer reading booklists, goals and plans.  Here are some tips and resources to help you get going: Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge:  Once again, children's book publisher Scholastic is offering a great summer reading program for children of all ages. After signing up on the [...]

School Year-End Tips

    School's out or almost out for most of our children. Reports cards have been issued or are on their way.  Your children are undoubtably relieved and happy that another school year is done, and everyone's thoughts are turning to summer vacation. But before you close the chapter on the last school year, why not spend some time [...]