Welcome Families and Friends!

Hello! We are so glad you found us! Like you, we have been trying to make sense of the restrictions of quarantine during the pandemic. We have children we love and wish we could shield them from this uncertain time. There are some silver linings. For example, we have time with our loved ones (for better or for worse). AND when we go looking for help, we see there are so many resources out there; Some are better than others, and some are just hard to access. Our goal is to give you “user-friendly” resources and activities reviewed by educational experts. See…we’re giving you another silver lining FOR FREE!

How It Works

We will post AT LEAST one new resource and one new activity weekly on Wednesdays. You can view them online and/or download them in a pdf format, and you can also request that we text you a link. We hope you will join us each week to get new ideas. We’d also love to hear from you with your feedback, questions, and suggestions. 

You can search by topic, also known as tags (math, social skills, etc.). You can also translate the site into a variety of languages for your use or to share with others. Some other exciting features include connecting with us through social media. Please check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. You can also text @joinspot to the number (941) 900-3837 to receive text message updates when we post new content. Feel free to share your experiences with us and share our site with your friends. Most importantly, enjoy time with your children and/or learn some ideas to engage in self-directed activities so you can have some quiet time, too! 

Beth, Karena, Kevin, Lauren & Sharon

The Connection Spot Team

By Beth Powers

Hello! Welcome, and thanks for visiting us! My name is Beth (aka Miss Beth and/or Dr. Powers) and I have been an educator for more than half of my life. I have worked with teachers, families, and students from birth through 70 years of age. The majority of my teaching has been split between young children ages 3-7 and future teachers who are 18 years and older. Specifically, I have worked with children and educators across the U.S. (CA, PA, NC, SC, NH, & VT) and the world (Italy, Sweden, Thailand, & Zimbabwe). Along the way, I earned three graduate degrees (two Masters in Education and one Doctoral Degree) and learned a great deal about children, teaching, and learning. I am especially interested in culture, diversity, and equity in Education. This means that I dedicate my work to finding better ways to meet ALL learners’ needs. That’s exactly why I am so glad you found us. Our team is excited to share what we have learned and learn from and with you and your children.

- Masters of Education in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Antioch New England Graduate School
- Masters of Education in Reading, Bloomsburg University
- Ph.D. in Culture, Curriculum, & Change, UNC-Chapel Hill.

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