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Thoughtful Thursday: Teach Your Children Poetry

Since you are primarily in charge of teaching your children these days, why not teach them some poetry?  April is Poetry Month, after all.  In today's Thoughtful Thursday we will look at three poems by African American poets (all women, in fact), which you and your children can enjoy learning about and discussing. If you need some motivation to [...]

Register NOW to Join Us On April 22 for School in the Time of COVID-19

  Register NOW to join us on Wednesday April 22  at 4pm EDT for a free GCP webinar, School in the Time of COVID-19!  We are gathering a group of experts who are helping educate and motivate our children in this crisis to give us strategies for managing the homeschooling experience. Wondering how best to oversee their schooling while [...]

Homebound Easter Sunday Celebrations

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday, and as we all know it will be celebrated this year in ways unlike any other.  Social distancing requires us to stay out of churches and cancel family gatherings, and we will be spending Easter at home with whatever members of our family with whom we have been isolating.   Here are a few home bound [...]

Homeschooling Headaches? Join Our Virtual Discussion on 4/22 for Expert Tips and Help!

On Wednesday April 22 at 4pm EDT, I will be hosting a free virtual video panel discussion, "School in the Time of COVID-19" to give guidance and answer your questions about managing your children's homeschooling experience. Are your children dealing with a full schedule of schoolwork that is tough for them (and you) to keep track of?  Or do [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Marilyn Nelson

Today's Thoughtful Thursday features the poems of Marilyn Nelson, whose work we first featured in December 2019 . Marilyn Nelson was born in Cleveland, Ohio and was raised on several military bases, as her father was in the Air Force. Dr. Nelson, who began writing poetry in elementary school, earned her BA from the University of California, Davis, a masters  [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]