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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 [...]

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, [...]

The Inside Guide to NYC Parenting is Coming Next Month!!!

The Inside Guide to NYC Parenting is coming to back to Hunter College in April 2020--next month!!  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 [...]