Ages 8-12

/Ages 8-12

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 [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Great Poems from Great Poets

As we continue the celebration of poetry during Black History month, for today's Thoughtful Thursday we offer selections from four of our great poets. First we have "Frederick Douglass" by the renowned Robert Hayden (1913-1980), the first African American poet to hold the position of Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, which later came to be known [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Keeping Hope Alive

To say that this week has been a tough one for Democrats is an understatement.  The President is acquitted, turns his State of the Union address into a campaign ad for his "Comeback Tour", gives an avowed racist the Medal of Honor, and sees an uptick in his approval rating.  Meanwhile, in a effort to flex their brand new [...]

It’s Black History Month: Share Your History With Your Children

It is Black History Month! We all know what this means: Lots of tributes to  Dr. Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and a host of other Black civil rights leaders, entertainers and athletes will be floating around our children at school this month. While we at GCP believe our sons and daughters and their classmates should know about these [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: In Kobe’s Own Words

We are still reeling from the tragic loss of basketball great Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gigi, and seven other passengers on that helicopter flight.  For today's Thoughtful Thursday, rather than presenting more poetry to soothe our collective pain, we offer inspirational quotes from the man himself.  Taken from interviews over the years and his book "The Mamba Mentality", his [...]

Coping with The Kobe News: Parents, Here’s Help

This is a really tough one.  The tragic deaths of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his 13 year old daughter Gianna, and seven others, including two of Gianna's basketball teammates, their moms and one of their dads, has us all reeling.  This hits us as basketball fans, as parents, as human beings.  Hard to wrap our heads around it. And [...]

The Inside Guide to NYC Parenting – Back in April 2020!

The Inside Guide to NYC Parenting is coming to back to Hunter College in April 2020!!  If you live in or around NYC, you can join us again this year to discover answers to some of the important parenting questions I've been focusing on for years in this blog.  I'll be offering resources, tips and advice on key academic issues [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: HBD, Dr. MLK!!

Happy Belated Birthday to Dr. King! While we as a nation will officially celebrate on Monday, we should not forget (or let our children forget) that January 15th was his actual birthday. Today's Thoughtful Thursday will break from our normal poetry/inspirational quotes offering to ask: How are you planning to commemorate Dr. King's holiday?  Here are an assortment of [...]

Is Your Son a Reluctant Reader? This Can Help!

Is your son in grades K-5 a reluctant reader?  David Banks, leader of the Eagle Academy network of all-boy public schools, wants to help him learn to love reading.   Frustrated by the dismal national reading stats for African American and Hispanic boys (only 28%  African American and 34% Hispanic fourth grade boys are reading at or above proficiency level, [...]

GCP Chats with RIISE about Social Media and more!

Happy New Year!  The GCP vision for 2020 will be posted shortly, but before we turn to the future I want to focus on a late 2019 special event. Just as the holidays got underway, I had the pleasure of joining RIISE (Resources in Independent School Education) founder Gina Parker Collins for "Lunch with Gina", where we talked about [...]