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St. Paul Parent Group

MCGT St Paul Parent/Kid Group(StP P/KG) is excited to offer groups for Social Skills and Community Building! Scroll down for all the details. Email [email protected] with questions.

Mondays, Weekly: Gaming with SushiCat
Tuesdays, Twice a Month: A Year of Living Poetically
Wednesdays, Weekly: Dungeons & Dragons
Thursdays, Weekly: Anime Chat

Gaming with SushiCat!

Mondays, 4:30-5:30 PM, starting March 22nd. Ages 7-13

Summer Sushi Squad time will be Mondays @ 8:30 AM STARTING June 14th.

Among Us encourages us to be flexible.

In today’s world, flexibility is one of the most marketable skills you can have. Being able to read a situation and adjust your work strategy as needed to ensure a smooth process is highly valued, but not really taught anywhere.  As a logical puzzle, it can strengthen a student’s investigating skills/analytics and help students to be emotionally patient with their classmates while understanding different perspectives.

Among Us is free to play on iOS and Android devices (you can download it on the App Store or Google Play Store). Or, it costs $5 to play on a PC (you can download it on Steam or itch.io). 

Classified as PEGI 7/Apple 9+
RSVP by the Friday before the event so I have an idea of how much space we will require and to help you set up an account if needed. Please let us know if you are new to Among Us or have a lot of experience playing. All levels welcome.

Email [email protected] for the Zoom link.

The MCGT St Paul Parent/Kid Group presents A Year of Living Poetically!

When: 1st and 3th Tuesday of the month @ 8:30-9:30 AM, Summer Hours.
Ages 8-12.

The St Paul Parent/Kid Group is expanding the poetry group! 

Join us as we explore the world of poetry, competitions and local slams. The additional class will be used to explore the most recent Poet Laureates and some of the resources they used to write and recite their way to nationals. 

I will provide the poem and worksheets to make memorization fun as we take it apart through popular and critical interpretation, enhancing several skills including a Barbaric Yelp and learn a little about each writer. Bring your poems, we have time to share! 

July 6th- Alexandra Huynh
July 20th-Teddy Roosevelt
August 3rd- Amanda Gorman
August 17th-Edward Arlington Robinson

Email [email protected] for the Zoom link.

From MENSA for Kids: A Year of Living Poetically 

A long time ago, memorizing poetry was par for the course in school. Communities had poetry recitation contests and poetry was frequently printed in the newspapers.

Now, it is unusual if a student is asked to memorize anything beyond the prologue to Romeo and Juliet. But if you allow it to, the memorization of poetry can enrich your life, expanding your mind and bringing beauty to even your darkest days. If you remain unconvinced, please read the following:

“Memorizing poetry turns on kids’ language capability. It not only teaches them to articulate English words; it heightens their feel for the intricacies and complexities of the English language — an indispensable attainment if they are to go on to speak, write, and read English with ease. Susan Wise Bauer, author of The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, argues that memorization builds into children’s minds an ability to use complex English syntax. The student who memorizes poetry will internalize the rhythmic, beautiful patterns of the English language. These patterns then become part of the student’s language store, those wells that we all use every day in writing and speaking. Without memorization, the student’s language store, Bauer says, will be limited: memorization stocks the language store with a whole new set of language patterns.

It also stocks those bins with a generous supply of the English language’s rich accumulation of words. Research suggests that the size of a child’s vocabulary plays an important part in determining the quality of his language-comprehension skills. The greater and wider the vocabulary, says education historian Ravitch, the greater one’s comprehension of increasingly difficult material. Bauer points out that if a student reads a word in a novel, she might or might not remember it for later use. But when she commits it to memory in proper context (as the memorization of lines of poetry requires), she is much more likely to have it at her mental fingertips for use in her own speaking and writing.”

— Michael Knox Beran, In Defense of Memorization

So, the benefits of memorizing poetry are varied and deep. It’s free, uncomplicated, and has lasting, powerful benefits. This plan includes twelve poems. If you memorize just one a month, in one year you will have twelve powerful poems that will be yours forever. -MENSA For Kids

The St Paul Parent/Kid Group presents DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS!

Wednesdays, 8-10 PM, starting June 16th
Grade 7 and up.

Benefits of D&D:

  • Make New Friends. Dungeons & Dragons is a game that requires other people to play.
  • Improve Listening Skills.
  • Boost Creative Thinking.
  • Practice Problem Solving.
  • Learn to Cooperate With Others.
  • Develop Empathy.
  • Sharpen Math Skills.

Materials that are helpful: Multi-sided Dice, 
Materials Needed: Printed map(email me), Printed character sheets

Information on D&D

Email [email protected] for more information and the Zoom link.

ANIME CHAT with SushiCat

Thursdays, starting June 17th @ 9:00-10:00 AM via Zoom

Parents! Does your child love anime and everything about it? Are you worried about a particular anime being too advanced in storyline or content theme? If you are curious about the educational benefits of anime, check out this article. https://animemotivation.com/why-anime-has-educational-value/

Kids! Are you looking for a new Anime because you’ve watched your favorite for the eighth time? Do you enjoy talking about or drawing your favorite characters?

If you love creating stories about, cosplaying, making their weapons and foods then this is the group for you! Join us Thursday mornings to share, discuss and try everything anime. *Cosplay optional.
Email [email protected] for the Zoom link.