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

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|

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|