8 Ways To Encourage Summer Reading

Reading during the summer is crucial for helping students retain the information and skills they’ve learned during the school year. This is especially important this summer since many students finished the school year working from home and online. Below are eight tips for encouraging students to read during the summer. As you read through the tips, consider which ones will work best for the students in your life. Add Books to Their Environment If you have plenty of books in your house but your kids aren't picking them up, look for opportunities to put books in areas where kids might be bored and a little bit trapped -  for example, children should be able to access books in the car. The bathroom is another wonderful [...]

July 1st, 2020|

8 Tips For Learning At Home Over The Summer

The 2019-2020 school year has turned out to be an interesting one.  Students everywhere have been learning online for the last two months.  It's important to keep the learning process going every summer, but this summer it will be very critical to keep learning.  The easiest and best way to learn over the summer is to read! BookIt! recently published an article, "At-Home Learning Throughout Summer" which includes eight tips for keeping the learning process productive this summer: Tip #1 Set a clear daily schedule with realistic goals and be sure to allow flexibility. A child’s attention span grows longer with age – typically 2-3 minutes per year of age – so the amount of time an elementary school student [...]

June 1st, 2020|

Take The Time To Read More

As a society we find ourselves in unprecedented times, and education has not gone unscathed as we've weathered the Coronavirus pandemic.  The school year is not yet over, but in many ways it has come to a screeching halt.  No more recess, no more library visits, no end of the year celebrations or awards ceremonies.  Schools campuses in the Greater Austin area will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. With such an abrupt "end" to the school year it is even more important that we encourage our students to read, not just one book, but many!  Statistics show that there is a "summer slide" when it comes to learning and continued reading is one way to [...]

May 1st, 2020|

FAQs For Volunteers & Resources For Families During The Coronavirus

FAQs FOR EDUCATION CONNECTION VOLUNTEERS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS Q - Are we able to read “virtually" (Zoom, Facetime, Google Meet, etc.) with students? A - Currently, for liability reasons, Education Connection is not able to have volunteers meet with students on a "live" virtual platform.   Q - Can I contact the parent/guardian directly to keep in contact with the student I worked with? A - If you would like to send a message to your student, you can send the teacher(s) you were matched with that message, and they can forward it to the student. IF the parent responds back; before you reply, make sure the teacher and your Literacy Partner Coordinator are copied on any/all communication with the parent.   Q - Can [...]

April 8th, 2020|

3 Ways To Encourage Students To Read At Home

Research shows that there is a strong correlation between time spent reading and test scores. The reality is that some students do not have academic support at home. Thus, it is important to encourage students to read outside of their school day. Below are three ways you, as a volunteer, can help. #1 -  Encourage students to read at home and follow up by asking what they’ve read. You are a consistent voice in their lives. Your encouragement and follow-up can lead to action. #2 - Emphasize the library as their best resource. School libraries are the tool for overcoming the barrier of not having books in the home. School libraries also provide a wide variety of books that allow students to choose what that they [...]

March 1st, 2020|

A Story Just For You On Amplify Austin Day!

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful city! That magical place was called A-town! It was growing so quickly we could hardly keep up! It had so many things to offer – lakes, great restaurants, beautiful outdoors, shopping galore – it seemed to have everything! But -- something seemed to be missing. What was it? In the midst of searching for the missing piece to the near perfect A-town, conversations grew among a group of people who wanted to bring justice and mercy to the city. Were they superheroes trying to find their one act of service to this town, that would make a lasting difference? Could it be done? “YES!” and that’s where the story began. The [...]

February 27th, 2020|