Anybody Have a Road Map This Year?
As educators we have grown closer as a team this year. We have all experienced concerns, stress, and anxiety with our own families and the families we have helped. This year we did not have a clear and direct road map to go by. We have all had to remain flexible to the constant changes in our daily lives and in the lives of our families. We all had to balance unanticipated schedules and plans and our emotions have fluctuated along with the revolving changes.
We are counselors, teachers, mothers, grandmothers, friends but we are also human too. We now hope to put one foot forward at a time and move closer back to normalcy. We are here to help you go forward.
In addition to many preschools, public schools, and charter schools, we are pleased to let you know that our ECA families have been accepted into the following day schools in the Atlanta area:
Atlanta International School
Ben Franklin Academy
The Children’s School
Christ the King
Heritage Preparatory School
Holy Innocents Episcopal School
The Lovett School
Mt. Vernon School
Mt. Paran Christian School
St. Martin’s Episcopal School
The Walker School
Let’s go forward with your planning for summer and beyond. Here are some of our summer recommendations.
Podcasts to listen to:
- For Fun & Creative Stories: Story Pirates
- For Kids Who Love to Debate: Smash, Boom, Best
- For Entertaining Ways to Learn about Science & Technology: Wow in the World
For Grown Ups:
Camps for your kids: The Atlanta area has so many great camps to choose from! As a parent this can sometimes feel overwhelming. Here are a few (of the many) that we love.
- SMART Girl Summer Camps at Atlanta Girls School
- Camp Discover & Leadership Academy at The Children’s School
- Summer at Galloway
- Summer Art Camp at Atlanta’s High Museum
- US Kids Golf Camp at Bobby Jones Golf Course
If you’re looking for a more comprehensive list of day camp options, check out Atlanta Parent Magazine’s “The Ultimate 2021 Guide to Summer Day Camps in the Atlanta Area.”
Fun Summer Activities for Grown Ups:
- Enjoy games, mini golf and tasty beverages at The Roof at Ponce City Market
- Explore the different areas of the Beltline on foot or bike. Depending on which part of the trail you’re exploring, there are sights, restaurants, playgrounds and parks to explore along the way.
- If you want to escape the city, Serenbe is an easy day trip. Here you will find trails, dining options and a lovely inn if you are looking for a night away.
- The Atlanta Botanical Gardens is a welcome reprieve from city life right in our own city. Enjoy the sites and natural beauty of this local treasure.
Summer Educational Tutoring and Academic Ideas:
Be sure you consult with your current teacher about different summer academic programs that will help your child. There are good workbooks published and good tutors available. Making a modified mini school for each child is advised. Reading a book every two weeks is a great way to keep your child engaged. Get a reading list from your school or library. Give your child ownership of this process too and make a trip to the bookstore together or shop online together.
School Guidance for next year:
We are ready to help you and your friends with your school planning for next year. Email or call us and we will explain how we work and our extensive services. Individual and specialized planning is very important and we take pride in our services. If you have concerns, we want to address them. We work as a team so there will be at least two of us working with you.
ECA’s Resource Center:
We have added our resource center for those of you who may need our advice on your other school needs and questions. We are available to answer your educational concerns whether it is discussing your child’s social or emotional readiness to understanding how to get your child to complete his/her homework. It is often the little problems that we worry about and we don’t have an objective person to talk to. From virtual learning discussions to report card analysis, reach out to us and find out how this center can help you.
Introducing the newest member of our team:
Margo Yoder: Margo joins Education Connection Advisors to help us stay organized and better serve our families. You may talk to Margo on the phone or communicate with her over email. We are thrilled to have her on our team at ECA!
Margo Yoder has been an administrative assistant for 6 years. Before joining ECA, she worked at Trinity Anglican Church as the kid’s ministry assistant, coordinating volunteers and connecting families. She has four children in the Atlanta Public Schools and has been active in their education from the start. Margo has a desire to see Atlanta’s educational institutions grow in the area of equity for all Atlantans.
WHERE do you go from here? It’s time to start another road map. The school process works. Let’s plan your year. WE are ready.
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Barbara, Betsy, and Fontaine