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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 [...]

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 [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Hope and Resilience

Today's Thoughtful Thursday brings poetry of hope, strength, and a mother's love. It's (still) National Women's Month, and these three powerful women poets give us some much needed optimism, inspiration, and mothering "realness" to help us cope in these bewildering times. Poet, teacher, saxophonist and vocalist Joy Harjo (b.1951), a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, offers a hopeful [...]

Coronavirus: Do’s and Don’ts for Parents

Welp, here we are.  Facing the surreality of coping with the domestic outbreak of this coronavirus, with news of more positive cases and more closures and cancellations daily. The World Health Organization has just declared that the spread of COVID-19  across more than 100 countries now qualifies as a global pandemic. In a couple of days I will be heading to [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Celebrating Toni Morrison & June Jordan

March is Woman's History Month, and in celebration today's Thoughtful Thursday features two powerful poems by two artistic powerhouses: Toni Morrison and June Jordan. Toni Morrison (1931–2019), while best known for her critically acclaimed and prize winning novels, wrote one volume of poetry, Five Poems (Rainmaker Editions, 2002), which features poems alongside illustrations by Kara Walker. The first of these poems, [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Monday Holiday Edition

Today is Presidents' Day, (which happened to land this year on George Washington's actual birthday), and Friday was Valentine's Day, so we are offering a two-for-one Thoughtful Thursday this Monday. Yep. You're welcome! For our Presidents' Day offering, here are two wonderful poems composed for Presidential inaugurations: "On the Pulse of Morning" which Maya Angelou (1928-2014) delivered at President [...]