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

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|

What It Means to Serve as a Volunteer

Volunteering encompasses more than simply helping others. It means dedicating your time to willingly help improve lives and support your community. It gives you a way to make a difference in the lives of others and in your own life. Here are a few important aspects of what it means to serve as a volunteer: You are improving your community Volunteering helps improve community quality and happiness. First and foremost, you are helping members of your community obtain experiences, skills, and benefits that they might not have had access to otherwise. Your help is imperative in making a change in their lives for the better. The more individuals there are volunteering in a community, the more that community will

October 4th, 2017|

Children’s Book Recommendations

When children read books and novels, they are doing more than simply developing their reading and writing skills. They are exercising and expanding their minds, developing their creativity and imagination, and are learning important life lessons. Here are some children’s book recommendations for their entertainment and to help children learn and grow. Picture Books  Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak This whimsical novel is about a young boy who escapes into a world of magical creatures after misbehaving at home and being sent to bed without dinner. He is upset with his parents and decides to live among the “Wild Things,” but soon returns home when he begins to feel lonely, only to be surprised by a hot

September 25th, 2017|