Books for Mighty Girls

If you are looking for books that have strong female characters this summer, A Mighty Girl, is the resource for you. This great resource was shared with us by our very own Mrs. Dale, not only is she “mighty” teacher at PS11 but also the mother of 3 “mighty” girls.

A Mighty Girl is the world’s largest collection of books, toys, movies, and music for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls and, of course, for girls themselves!

Girls do not have to be relegated to the role of sidekick or damsel in distress; they can be the leaders, the heroes, the champions that save the day, find the cure, and go on the adventure.

A Mighty Girl’s book section features over 2,000 girl-empowering books starring stellar Mighty Girl characters. With over 200 book categories to explore, the best way to discover what this section has to offer is by browsing our detailed book menu — just mouse over the ‘Books’ button on the menu bar above. From there you can choose the categories of interest to you and then use the filters on the left-menu to further refine your search.


Go On, Make a Mess

Simple creative activities are some of the building blocks of child development. Learning to create and appreciate visual aesthetics may be more important than ever to the development of the next generation of children as they grow up.- Grace Hwang Lynch

In the article, The Importance of Art in Child Development, Grace Hwang Lynch talks about the developmental benefits of art.  Luckily Ms. Sam, our beloved art teacher, has collected an assortment of fun and simple ways you can keep your kids engaged in creative activities this summer.  Here is is her list of fantastic resources!

Read, It’s Free!

You will not even believe the countless free resources the The New York Public Library provides for children and families.

Here are some great ways you can use your public library this summer:

  • Ebooks: If a student has a library card and a device (phone, tablet, computer) they can digitally check out ebooks whether they are in the comfort of their own homes or away on vacation.
  • Book Lists: Need book recommendations? NYPL has suggested book lists categorized by grade, topic, and genre.
  • Educational Websites: Students can access educational websites right from NYPL’s site.
  • Programs for Kids: Are you looking for wholesome and engaging activities for your child this summer? Branches across the city offer programming for kids of every age. They have arts and crafts, boardgames, story time, music and so much more and it is ALL free!
  • Resources for Parents: Need some guidance about reading? The Library offers a long list of different resources to help you foster a life long love of reading in your child.

Incredible, right? If your child doesn’t have a library card, apply for one here.


Summer Science Activities

Mr. Roylance and Mrs. Griffith have incredible ideas about how you can stay in touch with your inner scientist this summer. Whether you want to try a Self-Guided Tour of Central Park to immerse yourself in nature or check out this free podcast, their list of resources is sure to get your neurons firing! Click here to see them all!

Our Site is Alive…with the Sound of Music

Did you know Ms. Golub has compiled resources to help you and your children engage with music at home? Learn about noteworthy events, play online games, and find so much more on her informative website.

Divide and Conquer (4 Strategies to Tackle Division)

Division can be intimidating for students…but not when they know these great strategies! Check out our new Division strategy videos and conquer those pesky Division fears.

These videos are best suited for the upper grades.

Partial Quotients

Bar Model

Area Model

Standard Algorithm

No Homework? Seriously?

Do you have questions about PS11’s new policy on homework?  We figured you would.

For answers to many of your questions and a look at the extensive research we based our new homework philosophy on, check out our FAQs page!

Level J & K Readers, Orient Yourselves to a New Book

As readers, it helps to get our minds ready to read a new book before we dive into the pages.

We can orient ourselves to a text by exploring the front cover, back cover, and table of contents (if your book has one).

In this video you will learn the steps to orient yourself to a text so that you are fully ready to read, enjoy, and understand a new book.