Author: Meredith Flory

Celebrating with Books

by Meredith Flory   This column begins my fifth year of writing Raising Readers for Augusta Family Magazine.  Days filled with diapers and board books have morphed into basketball practice, scouting and comic book interests. My family celebrated many personal milestones over the years, both happy and sad: a 10th anniversary trip to Scotland, military relocations, the death of my grandmother, and the introduction of a new family cat to name a few.  I never imagined after leaving the teaching profession to stay at home that freelance writing would afford me so many adventures. Writing this column for you,...

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Globes and Maps

A strong awareness of geography and quality Social Studies instruction can positively impact today’s students as they grow up with global opportunities for learning, working, and traveling. Historical, cultural and geographical awareness can help students make connections with one another and with other subject areas. In their statement online, The Georgia Council for the Social Studies shares that quality social studies instruction can help students “develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.” Parents can help advocate for the teaching of social...

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Two Moms and Their Vision to Inspire Youth

Provided by Meredith Flory   Two local mothers are using their talents, passion, past work and educational experiences to fill a need in the Augusta homeschool community. In 2018 Erika Bible and Christi Wildes opened INSPIRE Studios to encourage children in theater and music through camps, classes and lessons. Bible and Wildes were a part of the music and theater community in Augusta’s River Region and other communities where they’ve lived before devoting their talents to this new endeavor.  Both performed with the Augusta Players and taught private lessons— Bible in voice and piano, and Wildes as a voice...

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Navigating Difficult Holidays

by Meredith Flory   For many families, the winter holidays are a time of joy and togetherness.  With days off from work, school holidays, traditions and parties, children love the magic of the season.  However, for a child learning to navigate a new separation from a parent or loved one, these feelings of happiness may be mixed with confusion, sadness and anxiety. My parents divorced after I became a college student, and even then, the first few years of learning to adjust a holiday schedule that included time with each section of my family was frustrating— and I was...

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North Augusta’s Living History Park

Provided by Meredith Flory   Offering a step back to the past and nestled a few blocks from downtown North Augusta is the tranquil Living History Park.  Combining the best Augusta’s River Region has to offer in entertaining storytelling, outdoor beauty and educational history, Living History Park is a place for families to learn and play throughout the year.  The park aims to educate the community on the colonial history of the area.  All events at the Living History Park are free, making this an easy educational day trip for families in the area. Linda Thompson, better known as...

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