Holiday gift ideas…. Great books for your favorite reader

Holiday gift ideas…. Great books for your favorite reader

I love to talk books, and I am constantly on the hunt for books that will get students talking. I know I have found a winner when my younger students break into applause at the end or my older students create a list for who is next to borrow a chapter book.

The following recommendations are a few of my hot-off-the-press favorites, all published in the last two years, and books my students keep talking about.  A holiday break is around the corner – a time just begging for a new book. These would all make excellent holiday gifts or great finds at your library.

Encouraging a love for writing

Encouraging a love for writing

We were three months into the school year as I sat across the table from Anthony’s mom. Anthony was a strong student, particularly when it came to math and science. He devoured nonfiction books and could recall unusual facts with precise detail. He enjoyed school, participated in class discussions, and got along well with his classmates. I had only positive things to say about Anthony, but his mom was concerned. Anthony didn’t like to write. Furthermore, she wasn’t sure how to help him. As I discussed Anthony’s reluctance toward writing, his mom said something that has stuck with me for years.

Maximizing the Impacts of Tutoring

Maximizing the Impacts of Tutoring

If your family has used a Connections tutor at any point, you know tutoring is an investment in your child’s future.  For many families, that investment can be a sacrifice, so in this blog, we’ll be discussing ways to maximize the value of your child’s tutoring sessions. Your child’s tutor might have other, situation-specific suggestions for you; don’t be afraid to ask!

Fostering a Love of Reading

Fostering a Love of Reading

Whether you enjoy it or not, reading is an integral skill for educational success. When I was teaching middle school, my colleagues used to refer to the science and social studies tests as “the other reading tests” because in many ways, the student scores reflected more on their reading ability than their actual subject area knowledge. Almost every class a child takes will have a reading component: written texts, written instructions, written feedback, and written assessment questions. The stakes are just as high after graduation, where almost every real job requires reading comprehension skills.

Summer Work

Summer Work

If you are the parent of a school-aged child, you likely have a pile of paper in your kitchen that everyone is trying to avoid. That ominous pile is the summer work assigned by your child’s school – work that is traditionally put off throughout June and July, until suddenly August arrives with a deadline. Cue the tears and panic. Like its cousin, the science fair project, summer work tests the mettle of the strongest family, but it doesn’t have to be awful.

2016 Spring Newsletter

2016 Spring Newsletter

Connect with Connections Academics

It is hard to believe that most schools are already in fourth quarter; the year has flown by!  Spring brings Advanced Placement tests, and our tutors are ready to help your son or daughter prepare.  We also have tutors who specialize in SAT/ACT preparation.  Strong scores on both the AP and college placement tests can ultimately save thousands of dollars in tuition; tutoring is a solid investment in your child’s  future.  Spring tutoring schedules can fill up quickly, so please reach out soon if you anticipate that your child will need tutoring services.
As we prepare to conclude the year we always want to reflect on our team and efforts.  We will be sending a survey out to our current families and teachers we work with, please take time to share how we are doing and what we can do better. Our goal is to consistently be evaluating ourselves and our process and always improving.  Please take time to complete the survey below.  Additionally, we will be sending this to our current families later this week.