20 Ways To Encourage Reading

20 Ways to Encourage Reading reprinted with permission from Reading is Fundamental (RIF). This list was originally printed in the RIF Parent Guide Brochure. 1. Scout for things your children might like to read. Use their interests and hobbies as starting points. 2. Leave all sorts of reading materials including books, magazines, and colorful catalogs in conspicuous places around your home. 3. Notice what attracts your children’s attention, even if they only look at the pictures. Then build on that interest; read a short selection aloud, or simply bring home more information on the same subject. 4. Let your children see you reading for pleasure in your spare time. 5. Take your children to the library regularly. Explore the [...]

March 1st, 2019|

Top 10 Things You Should Know About Reading

Reading is an integral part of learning.  Students spend their first few years in school learning to read and the remainder of their academic careers they are reading in order to learn.   Reading Rockets published a helpful article that outlines the top ten things you should know about reading... 1. Too many American children don't read well 2. An achievement gaps exists 3. Learning to read is complex 4. Teachers should teach with the end goal in mind 5. Kids who struggle usually have problems sounding out words 6. What happens before school matters a lot 7. Learning to read is closely tied to learning to talk and listen 8. Without help, struggling readers continue to struggle 9. With help, struggling readers [...]

February 1st, 2019|

New Year, New Beginnings

The beginning of a new year is a fresh start, just like a new book, except this book comes with 365 blank pages.  This time of year is a time of making resolutions and determining how we want to focus our efforts over the next twelve months.  According to,   Resolution (n.) -  a resolve; a decision or determination; the act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action, method, etc. Simply put, resolutions are decisions to act. Education Connection's Resolutions for 2019 include: Strong final push recruiting volunteers through early February Explore additional partnerships to best support the mission of Education Connection Secure Church partnerships for schools Turning resolutions into reality can be accomplished by focused efforts directed at specific goals. Focus [...]

January 1st, 2019|

‘Tis the Season: Gift Ideas for Young Readers

The young readers in your life - be they the students you work with or the little ones that are a part of your family - will soon be leaving the classroom for Winter Break. Nearly all of them will be participating in winter celebrations in one form or another, and you know what that means: gift exchanges between family and friends. What better gift than a new book? New Releases Make Great Gifts Children’s books are one of the most popular genres in the world. Tens of thousands of children’s books are published each year, and the numbers are growing. Childhood reading is becoming more and more popular. So, how do you find the newest releases? Lots of [...]

November 29th, 2018|

Thanks for Giving: An Autumn Reading List

Autumn is here, the time when the year’s efforts yield abundance. It’s time to reflect and give thanks for what we’ve been given and to do a little giving in return. For many of us, it is a time of celebration and feasting. It’s also a great time to settle in with a good book, so let’s look at some autumn reading choices for your students! Giving Thanks Besides turkey dinners, Thanksgiving is best known for showing our gratitude for the good things in our lives. Teaching children how to feel and show gratitude are important lessons for their social development. Here are some great choices to illustrate this. Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes How does one give [...]

November 1st, 2018|

Spooky Book Recommendations

October is not just for pumpkin spice lattes. That crisp, cool air reminds us that the earth is getting ready to slumber for the winter. That means that autumn has arrived, and with it comes one of our favorite holidays: Halloween! So get ready for some great Halloween recommendations because it’s time to get spooky. Learning About Childhood Fear During their early formative years, children start having fears about the unknown. In particular, they worry about things happening to their family, strange noises and shadows, monsters and more. A great deal of this has to do with their overactive imaginations, and it’s completely normal. Identifying and facing fears is part of a child’s development. Culturally, Halloween is a built-in [...]

October 1st, 2018|