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|

Labor Day: Working Toward Reading Goals

Labor Day is just a couple days away, and school has begun. This holiday originally came about as a response to employers for long hours and poor wages. Today, however, Labor Day is a time of rest, relaxation, and for many...setting goals. Why not let this holiday inspire you to find ways to help the students you work with stay focused and achieve their reading goals? The Importance of Effective Goal-Setting Setting a goal is not as simple as having an idea of what you want to achieve. In fact, statistics have shown that New Year’s goals fail 92% of the time. A lack of clarity and relevance is often cited as the main reason goals fail...and those are [...]

September 1st, 2018|

Back to School: Why Volunteers Are More Important Than Ever

It’s that time of year again! We are tremendously excited about the upcoming school year, and are already making plans to make this a great year for our students. That means we need you to join us and volunteer to help students achieve their reading goals. Last year, we had the best year in volunteers yet, and that’s why your involvement - whether new or continued - is more important than ever. Why Teacher-led Reading Environments Aren’t Enough Reading is one of the most important life skills we learn at an early age. We have found copious amounts of research that conclude that getting children reading at appropriate levels by the third grade is vital. Up to that point, [...]

August 6th, 2018|

Tap into Childhood: Reading the Books of Your Youth

“When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.” ~ Kathleen Kelly (from You’ve Got Mail) We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. What you do as part of Education Connection helps children forge their identities and shapes them into the kind of people they will become as adults, just as the books you read as a child did for you. So, indulge. Remember those wonderful stories, those other worlds. Dive deep into one of your favorite books...or read all your favorites. Don’t worry; if you’re having trouble deciding, we have a few titles listed here to inspire you. The following [...]

July 1st, 2018|

Summer Reading Guide – Part 2: Reading Tips

Now that school is letting out for the summer, it’s even more crucial to keep up your child’s reading momentum. In addition to the recommendations we posted last month of great children’s books to read, we’re adding these extra tips as part of your summer reading guide. “Just a few more minutes!” If you’ve ever heard your student say this, that child may know something you don’t. As it turns out, 6 minutes can make the difference between whether your student is struggling, getting by, or excelling. In the last three decades, rates on reading have dropped anywhere from 10% in young children to 35% in near-college level students. Over half of nearly 10 million students observed in a [...]

June 1st, 2018|

Summer Reading Guide – Part I: Book Recommendations for Summer Reading

The days are getting longer, the sun hotter. That’s right: it’s almost summer. That means children will be leaving the classroom behind for a couple months. You may have seen our March post on keeping children reading over Spring Break, and we’ll be back at the beginning of June with more tips on keeping children reading when they’re away from school. Meanwhile, this is the perfect time to prep for the inevitable by checking out some book recommendations for summer reading in part one of our Summer Reading Guide. Picture Books Many of these early books are classics that have endured the test of time, so check out these easy reads with your little ones: Goodnight Moon by Margaret [...]

May 1st, 2018|