Summer School’s Multicultural Fashion Show

Our Summer School students enjoy learning about the different cultures in their school. Understanding and developing social skills is extremely important for children to interact and engage with people from diverse cultures in a respectful way.

Posted by 82nd Street Academics on Thursday, August 2, 2018

Are You Ready to Be the Best Teacher for Your Child?

Are You Ready to Be Hired as the Best Parent Teacher for Your Child?


An effective parent is the best way to develop a child. School,  preschool, and after school programs become key partners but the parent role has the most potential. Why is that?

  1. Parents are likely to have most of the child’s time. The school may have 40 hours a week. Parents have every morning, every evening, and all weekends and holidays.
  2. The ratio is smaller. If your family has only one child, the adult/child ratio is 1:1 or 2:1. I was raised in a home with my parents and grandparents – 4:1! 😊 The best preschool is 1:5 and public schools spiral down to 1:32.
  3. The role of parent is much more emotionally supportive than the teacher role. I have several children. Some have gone on to fame and fortune. Others are still struggling economically. I’m 100% supportive of my children, regardless of their decisions or situations. Teachers also can be supportive but the parent role is unique. Children need support for self-confidence and success.
Parenting Time

The strength of the parent role cannot be overstated in raising confident children to be capable adults.

You may be reading this and wondering if there are areas where you can improve parenting skills. Carol Dweck and Paul Tough have great books on this, so I’m only giving the one – minute version

  1. Are you a single parent struggling with cash? Children can understand that their parents have struggles. My parents struggled with cash and talked about it openly. They were threatened with income insecurity. I think that the atmosphere at home made me more independent and ready to struggle. That’s not a bad thing.


My parents also balanced the struggle with caring acts. My mother baked desserts better than anything you can buy at The 4 Seasons. We had evening routines to read together and put together picture puzzles. The cost was minimal but the experience was incredible.

  1. Are you too stressed and angry? You may have a tough situation and are not ready for incessant questions every night or the normal misbehavior of children. Look for resources so that you have one protected part of each day just for you. That will build your emotional reserves for parenting.


Stressed parents tend to speak 2/3 less to their children and usually with negative warning words. Unstressed parents speak many more words daily and many more positive words. You need emotional reserves to make the change in your language.

  1. Are you stressed in marriage? Be careful not to ask your child for emotional support that should come from a spouse. Most marriages are not perfect. There still has to be a bright line so that your child can develop their own relationships successfully.
  2. Are you overprotective? Richard Reeves says that children from the upper middle class/ professional class do not do as well in some jobs that require risk and decisions under pressure. Why? Their parents tried too hard to create a perfect life instead of life with the normal risks and disappointments of childhood.


Children need occasional space from their parents to push them to independence. They fight against this since we all prefer a life with eternal maid and butler service, I sent my daughter to Cambodia at age 15 by herself. As soon as the plane left Newark, I remembered many things that I should have done. I had a sleepless night. Miraculously, she developed her own capacity to get through Bangkok and on to Phnom Penh. (I would never do it again, but it was a defining moment for her with wonderful results!)


So your child needs the best teacher. Are you ready to apply?


82nd Street Academics partners with parents. If we can help your family, let us know.

Expensive Gifts Parents Can Give Their Child

I’m sure you opened this article so you could feel guilty about not spending more cash 😊

It’s even worse. I want to talk about spending time with your child.

You and your child can have marvelous adventures without leaving your house. Would you rather walk in Central Park or solve mysteries like the Babysitter’s Club? Both are mind-expanding experiences. Adults and children have rich imaginations that add so much to either experience.

My parents were poor but they were rich in reading. We never visited New York City but I read the about kids who lived in Bayport, Long Island. In one book, they came to Manhattan and got lost in a department store. Fortunately, they discovered the camping section and food and stayed locked in the store all night in a tent! My mouth was open for an hour in amazement!

My parents both read aloud. One of their favorites was Gene Stratton Porter, a naturalist in Indiana. Her vivid stories of the flora and fauna of swamp life (plus some shady characters mixed in) took me in another direction about adult adventure.

My parents sometimes read slowly and I was impatient to get to the action and wanted a turn to read. I realize now that they were getting me ready to want to read out loud instead of asking me to do it. After my father’s slow cadence – I was ready to set a world record for decoding!

Our family simply did not have television. It was a different time.  It’s reasonable now to limit phone, computer, and TV so that kids find the richness of print and imagination. It’s unfair to cast out these nice things and expect children to find healthy substitutes. Why not have a family reading hour twice a week at 6pm and everyone participates? Kids will close chats but open their imagination. Have a fun way to choose the book of the week to read. And soon your family will be sailing up the Mekong under enemy fire with Bishop Yap to deliver food to hungry people!

When the habit takes hold, some of your children will never look back. I read 99% of the time in bed before I sleep. I’ve graduated to murder mysteries. I also try to read a nonfiction book each week, but evenings are to enrich the soul more than the mind.

If you want a partner to get more literacy in your family, ask about our programs at 82nd Street Academics.  Meanwhile, adventure is waiting. Close this computer and gather the kids!

Topics for Week 2 (2nd Grade) Summer Academics Gold

Summer Academics Gold
Grade 2
82nd Street Academics

Each week has separate learning topics for math and English and these topics close each Friday and new topics begin on Monday. Of course, learning often depends on prior knowledge so the topics have some overlap. This is like group tutoring for success.

July 9 is the first day of Week 2 – Grade 2 – Subtraction and Evidence Based Opinions




   Week    Math     Language & Literacy
Week 1    Focus on Addition:

-able to fluently add/subtract within 20 using mental strategies

-able to solve one and two step word problems involving taking off, putting together, taking apart, comparing

Geometry: -recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes

Reading Comprehension:

-students will be able to identify: who, what, when, where, why and how

– students will be able to retell stories (Beginning and end) , and determine message, lesson or moral

– Students will begin to identify Long and short vowels starting with A, E, I sounds.

Week 2 – July 9    Focus on Subtraction:

-able to fluently add/subtract within 20 using mental strategies

-able to solve one and two step word problems involving taking of, putting together, taking apart, comparing





-identify triangles, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes

    Compare & Contrast

Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (different authors or from different cultures)

Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic

Know spelling-sound correspondences for additional common vowel teams.

Identify Long and short vowels with O and U sounds.

Week 3

July 16

   Place Value:-understand ones, tens and hundreds place

(ex. 706- 7 hundreds, 0 tens, 6 ones)

-continue using mental strategies to add and subtract within 20.

Geometry: -Partition circles and rectangles into halves, thirds, and quarters


-introduce a topic

-use facts and definitions to develop points

-provide a concluding statements or section

Decode regularly spelled two-syllable words with long vowels.

Week 4

July 23


   Place Value:-understand ones, tens and hundreds place

(ex. 706- 7 hundreds, 0 tens, 6 ones)

-Begin to read and write numbers to 1000 using number names and expanded form

Geometry: -Partition circles and rectangles. Use correct vocabulary to identify halves and quarters.


-Recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events

Describe details of actions, thoughts, feelings, events in order

-Point of View: identify differences in voices and characters

Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes

Week 5

July 30

   Place Value: 

Read and write numbers to 1000 using number names and expanded form

-Compare two three-digit numbers based on meaning of the hundreds, tens, and ones digits.

-Use the appropriate symbol to record comparison resuClts (<,=,>)

Geometry: -Use correct vocabulary to identify halves, quarters, and thirds.

    Responding to Literature:

-Make connections between self and the world

-Write opinion pieces about reading material

Identify words with inconsistent but common spelling-sound correspondences

Week 6

August 6


   Place Value: Counting

Compare two three-digit numbers based on meaning of the hundreds, tens, and ones digits.

Count within 1000 with skip counting (5s, 10s, 100s)

Compare measurement of time and money while skip counting.


Compose and decompose shapes using halves and thirds

    Create Stories:

Create narrative pieces recounting a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events – including actions, thoughts, and feelings.

Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.


Week 7

August 13

   Place Value: Addition & Subtraction 

-Add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value.

Count within 1000 with skip counting (5s, 10s, 100s)

Geometry: -Compose and decompose shapes using halves and quarters.

Connect Images and Text
Read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.

Identify the main topic of a multi-paragraph text as well as the focus of the specific paragraphs within the text.

Explain how specific images (diagrams, photos, graphs) contribute to and clarify a text.

Week 8

August 20


 Place Value: Money

-Solve word problems involving quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies.

-Compare place values represented in money (ex: $1.06 equals 100 and 6 pennies)

Geometry: -Compose and decompose shapes using halves, quarters, and thirds.

  Read English Aloud With Confidence
Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

Read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.

Focus on a topic and strengthen writing by revising and editing.


CALL 718 457 0429 for details of all grades and modules. Don’t miss the chance for your child in Grade 2 – 8 to start Monday.



Week 2 Learning Topics Start Monday at Summer Academics Gold

Friday, July 6 is the end of the first modules in all grades K-8 at Summer Academics Gold. You still have 7 weeks to invest in student preparation for excellence in school in September!

This post has two more parts – a video that explains how the program works and why you should call Friday 718 457 0429 before 6:30 pm or just arrive on Monday morning and get started

(Note: Grades K and 1 are full next week.)