Blog 2017-11-02T11:22:46+00:00

How Reading Books Improves Social Skills

The academic benefits of reading have been well publicized. What is less often considered is how those skills overlap into social situations. Social skills are a vital part of a child’s growth and development. While we are increasingly connected on the digital front, we are also becoming less connected in everyday life. More children are growing up in this fast-paced and frenetic environment. As they move on to adulthood and the job market, learning appropriate methods of social interaction at an early age will be even more important. Reading books can improve those skills. Reading books improves concentration and patience It is generally well-known that reading improves focus and concentration in academics. That same focus is essential to social

April 1st, 2018|

How to Keep Your Children Reading Through Spring Break

It’s almost vacation time. The schools are about to let out for that precious week before the preparations for end-of-year testing begins. That means your reading buddy is probably about to be at home for the week. Often families take this time to go on vacation, do cleaning projects, or just lounge around. This is a vital part of his or her routine. The great news is that your reading buddy can still keep up their reading during this time, too. Here are some some suggestions to give to your reading buddy and their parents to keep them reading during the entire week of Spring Break. Make a library date At the beginning of Spring Break, take your child

March 1st, 2018|

Appreciation for Our School Districts and Partners

Education Connection truly values and appreciates the collaboration of each district and launching school that we partner with. Thank you to district leadership, school administration, and teachers for trusting Education Connection for the privilege of volunteering with your students. These relationships have been an asset in growing and supporting all students to reach and maintain grade level reading in the greater Austin area. We are incredibly grateful to the volunteers in our first partnering schools featured in this post, as well as all Education Connection volunteers with whom we’ve had the pleasure of working. You are the foundation and cornerstone of Education Connection, working together to serve our community. Thank you for honoring these schools and students with your

February 1st, 2018|

5 Reasons Volunteering to Read with Children in 2018 is a Great Idea

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ~ Dr. Seuss It’s a new year! We’re ready to make a difference, and we’re calling on you to help. Our goal is to have every child reading on grade level by the time they finish 3rd grade. This year, we don’t want to get closer to our goal. We need to get closer, because the future success of our children depends on it. To do that, we need Literacy Partners for every student. You can help with that. You can be a volunteer with Education Connection, and make that difference. Not convinced? Here are 5 reasons why you should volunteer: Volunteering

January 4th, 2018|

Holiday Children’s Book Recommendations

As the weather gets cooler and days become shorter, the holiday season is upon us. It's the perfect time to spend with family and friends, give back to others, and spread happiness and cheer to all. The following holiday children's book recommendations will allow everybody to get into the holiday spirit. The Night Tree by Eve Bunting Every year, a family visits their favorite tree in a forest to decorate with unique and whimsical decorations. They dress it with fruit, popcorn, and seeds to make it beautiful while also feeding the animals that live in the forest.  The growth of the tree mirrors the growth of the family, and they never leave the tree without hugging it first. Bunting's beautifully

November 21st, 2017|

Why Reading Longer Is Better

It is common knowledge that developing strong reading habits early in life is good for children. But what specific advantages does reading longer every day bring with it? There is growing evidence that supports that reading comprehension is not only a vital step in helping children develop a better memory and vocabulary, but also acquire the soft skills needed to navigate social and professional situations in their adult lives with ease. This infographic by Perry and Lecompton school district explains why reading longer is better for children. A child who read 20 minutes a day as opposed to 1 minute would have gone through 1.8 million words in a year while the latter would have read only 8,000. This

November 7th, 2017|