Category: Raising Readers

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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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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Podcasts With Family (Part 2)

by Meredith Flory   In last month’s column, I discussed the value of podcasts and I shared some of the best listening opportunities for families with preteens and teenagers.  This month’s Raising Readers continues to share educational and family appropriate podcasts with a focus on the youngest listeners.     Like last month my list contains ongoing podcasts, those with stand-alone episodes rather than a continuing story and ones that are free and available on most major podcast apps. This month’s recommended podcasts are even more family-friendly, with less room for controversial or explicit content than my list for...

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Podcasts With Family

by Meredith Flory   I was a little late to the podcast game.  While audioblogging as entertainment has been around for a very long time, most sources agree that podcasting in its current form became popular in the mid-2000s due to smartphones.  I, however, didn’t begin to listen to podcasts regularly until last year.  My spouse was at work one day and I wanted some company as I cleaned the house.  So, I decided to download some recommended podcasts on my iPad.  I was hooked! Podcasts provide ways to learn more, think about ideas and hear from favorite personalities while...

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Facing School Transitions Through Reading

by Meredith Flory   I love the start of the school year. The cooling temperatures, the promise of new beginnings, and a fresh start to learning is exciting for many students, educators, and parents. However, the start of a school year can also bring anxiety and stress to students who are facing a major transition, such as a new school. I collected suggestions from experts, educators, and other parents on books that can help children deal with the anxieties of a school transition, and open up the door to conversations about their emotions at home.  New At School Georgia-based...

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