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Thoughtful Thursday: Money Matters

Did you know that April is Financial Literary Month?  (So many themes, only 12 months, some months have to do double duty.) In 2004 the U.S. Senate designated April as Financial Literary Month in an effort to encourage Americans to  establish and maintain healthy financial habits.   Since it is Financial Literacy Month, today's Thoughtful Thursday features poems about money. But [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month!  National Poetry Month was established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to increase  America's awareness and appreciation of poetry. Our first Thoughtful Thursday of National Poetry Month begins with a beautiful poem about poetry from Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982), whose career over the course of his long life included being a lawyer, Fortune [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Farewell, Women’s History Month

On our last Thoughtful Thursday in Women's History Month  we celebrate the work of three wonderful poets:  the wonderfully accomplished and prolific June Jordan (1936–2002); the brilliant British poet and activist Warsan Shire (b.1988), who is most widely known as the poet whose work was featured in Beyonce's visual album Lemonade; and the young talented poet and writer Alexandra [...]

Update on Tani the Chess Champion: More Good News

We were all heartened to learn how 8 year old Tanitoluwa Adewumi  became a state wide chess champion while living with his family in a homeless shelter. And now the news gets even better. Nicholas Kristof, the New York Times columnist who broke Tani's story, reports in a recent update that thanks to the generosity of people who read [...]

Tell Your Sons About Tani the New York State Chess Champion

Have you heard about the 8 year old Nigerian refugee living in a NYC homeless shelter who took first place in the NYS Scholastic Chess Championship for his age bracket? This is a story of hard work, perseverance, and kindness to share with your sons and daughters. Eight year old Tanitoluwa Adewumi, who is known as Tani, came with [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Celebrating Women Poets in March

Today's Thoughtful Thursday continues the celebration of Women's History Month, featuring women poets from a variety of cultures and generations. Today we offer a delightful assortment of poems about women by women. First Patricia Smith (b.1955) gives us a "Hip Hop Ghazal" celebrating femininity. A ghazal, originally an Arabic verse form dealing with loss and romantic love, consists of couplets [...]

The Inside Guide to NYC Parenting–Coming in April!

BIG NEWS!  I've  developed a series of parenting classes called The Inside Guide to NYC Parenting, and it is coming to Hunter College in April!!  If you live in or around NYC, you can join us to discover answers to  some of the pressing parenting questions I've been focusing on for years in this blog.  I'll be offering resources, [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: International Woman’s Day

It's Thoughtful Thursday, and in honor of  International Woman's Day (which is tomorrow, March 8), today we are featuring a diverse slate of fantastic women poets. From June Jordan we have "Oughta Be a Woman", a poem that pays special tribute to mothers of color but is an ode to mothers everywhere. Chilean poet and visual artist Celia Vicuña gives [...]

Help your Children Thrive in School with Code.Org and Learning Heroes

Looking for ways to help your children stay motivated and succeed in school?  Check out these resources we've recently discovered: Code.org.  It is no secret that knowing how to code will put children at a huge advantage when they reach the job market.  Jobs that require coding make up 58% of all projected new jobs in STEM fields, and [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Farewell, Black History Month

As it is the last day of Black History Month, today's Thoughtful Thursday features several poems celebrating notable Black figures in American history and one in commemorating the history of Black people in America.    GCP hopes that parents share Black American history with their sons and daughters throughout the year, (not just for one month, every month), but we are not [...]