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The Gift of Experiences

The Gift of Experiences

This is the perfect year to think outside the box when it comes to holiday gifts. Rather than a mountain of presents that will all too quickly become outdated or broken, give the gift of a special experience. The Gift of Experiences can give your family something to look forward to and enjoy together and share in special memories that last much longer than the holiday season. Here are some ideas to get you started!

 

More Summer Fun

More Summer Fun

As June comes to a close, are your summer days starting to drag, or are you seizing every opportunity for summer fun? While summer can be busy with family vacations and camps, there also tends to be a lot more down time at home than during the school year which can sometimes result in complaints of boredom and overuse of screen time. What better way to avoid this than a family summer bucket list?

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.