Monthly Archives: May 2008

Summer Learning Lost or Found?

Whether you call it summer brain drain or learning loss–the lazy, hazy days of summer often become an academic dead zone for our kids.  Even those destined for weeks of summer school may not be experiencing true learning.  What can we do to ensure some kind of educational connection through months of rest and relaxation? 

Reading and journaling are certainly a start but experience still may be the best teacher.  Is it possible that study skills can be learned from life skills that don’t feel like learning at all?  I find that the minute I say the words “life lesson”, I can be sure to encounter a tug-of-wills with my kids.  So I’ll do my best to banish such teachable moment lingo and jump right into the moment instead.  I’m open to suggestions and looking forward to hearing how you make sure the summer is not lost when is comes to learning.




Welcome to the first blog post of Academic Connections Tutoring–more easily referred to as ACT!  I’m Donna Duffy.  Along with my business partner, Pat Howes, we do our best to help parents finding great tutors to help their children through their academic struggles, challenges and issues.  We also help tutors find great kids who need their expertise and help in getting back on track.  We offer one-on-one tutoring in the home or library in the Delaware and Maryland areas as well as online tutoring– from just about anywhere –that engages a child’s love of technology.  Things are going well and we are just about to celebrate our 2nd anniversary in business!

So here is where we’ll share our thoughts and concerns in the area of education and how to help our kids think, learn and succeed.  As moms and educators, we know the challenges that parents and their kids face.  We have certainly have had our share and know that we are among friends.  That is why it’s so important for us to connect with our tutoring and homeschooling families firsthand.  We want to answer your questions and concerns, help you make the best choices for your kids and point you in the direction that will best accommodate your child’s current educational needs.  We look forward to the journey together and trust that along the way we will learn from one another.