This Season’s Best Student Stocking Stuffers

Thinking of a last-minute gift that will make learning fun? Take a look at our recommendations for stuffing your kid’s stocking with gifts that will be both popular and educational.

E-readers such as Amazon’s Kindle or Barnes and Noble’s Nook – All ages
E-readers are perfect for students of all ages. They have internal dictionaries that make learning new vocabulary words a breeze and students can highlight text, bookmark pages, and take notes with the click of a button. Reluctant readers will often find themselves caught up in the novelty of reading on an electronic device while struggling readers will love the large font and narrow margins options.

A subscription to Time for Kids – Grades K to 6
Getting your child involved in the world is fun with this interactive news source. Time Magazine for Kids features articles written not only for kids, but by kids. Both the online and print format are filled with timely, appropriately written news articles that will both inform your child and spark dinner time conversation. Available in four age groups: K-1, 2, 3-4, and 5-6.

Livescribe Pen – Grades 6 to College
If your child wants to be a more efficient note taker, here’s the solution! With the Echo™ smartpen from Livescribe, students can record everything they hear, say and write, while linking their audio recordings to their notes. They can quickly replay audio from their Livescribe paper, a computer, or a mobile device –all with a simple tap on the handwritten notes. It’s never been easier to take notes and stay organized.

A Personalized Journal – All ages
Even if your child isn’t keen on writing, starting a dialogue journal with them, in which you and your student respond to each other and share your thoughts, is a great way for kids to think of writing as a relaxing, pleasant experience and opens the lines of communication between you and your child. Older kids may find a personal journal to be a way to wind down from the demands of the school day.

Perplexors Logic Puzzle Books – Grades 3 and Up
Going on a long car or plane trip this holiday season? Need activities to keep your kids entertained while on holiday break from school? These challenging Perplexors build logic skills and student confidence with a new scenario on each page.

And finally…A Great Private Tutor!
Thinking of getting some help for your child next semester? Whether your child could benefit from reading, writing, or just math tutoring, don’t wait until the New Year to arrange it! Now is the time to contact the Educational Connections office to ensure you will find a tutor who fits your child’s learning style and academic needs.

No matter which gifts you choose to give this year, Educational Connections wishes you and your family a very happy holiday season!

Upcoming Parent Presentations in Your Area!

These workshops, presented by Ann Dolin, are free and open to the public!

Thursday, November 15th 7pm – Cunningham Park Elementary, Vienna, VA
Starting Off on the Right Foot: 10 Powerful Solutions to Ensure a Stress-Free School Year

Wednesday, November 16th 7pm – St. Charles School, Arlington, VA
5 Proven Strategies for Raising an Academically Successful Student

Thursday, November 17th 7pm – Chesterbrook Elementary, McLean, VA
Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools, and Solutions for Stress-Free Homework

Tuesday, December 13th – 9:30am – Wolftrap Elementary, Vienna, VA
Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools, and Solutions for Stress-Free Homework

Thursday, December 15th – 7pm – Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
ADHD Boys vs. Girls: Does Gender Matter? Patricia Quinn, MD — Part of the Parent Link Seminar Series

Take a look at additional workshops or book a presentation at your school!