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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
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“Nobody gets me!”

A few weeks ago a young Muslim girl melted down in my Powerful Princess after school class. The girls had been playing armies with cardboard swords they decorated after we learned about Catherine the Great. This young girl, N., was trying to rally her army but some girls refused to cooperate. One girl got teary because she wanted to play a different way. When she went out into the hall for a drink of water, N. began to shout. "Nobody gets me at this school! I just wanted to play. I am so lonely!" Everyone grew quiet. The next week N. was not in class. She was celebra...

Thursday, April 07, 2016
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Our videos are in the news!

href="http://www.littlethings.com/powerful-princess/"> Thanks to student journalist Ashley Lewis for a beautiful video.......

Monday, March 28, 2016
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The Proud Spot

The location: PS 29 in Cobble Hill. The occasion: First day of a new semester of after school Powerful Princess class. New kids. Always the question: Will they get it? The day's princess: Njinga of West Africa. Her challenge: Portuguese soldiers invading her land in the 1600's. Other challenge: nagging, entitled little brother. My story begins: Njinga practices her bow and arrow every morning. She's a kid, but wants to help defend their land. Her aim: To shoot the straightest arrow in the kingdom. In the story, Njinga aims at a leaf on the tamarind tree. She pull...

Thursday, February 25, 2016
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