Category: Raising Readers

Story Tellers and Gamers

by Meredith Flory   When I first met my husband and learned that one of his hobbies was tabletop role playing games, I honestly didn’t know what he was talking about.  I think I mustered a, “like Dungeons and Dragons?” but I had no idea of what game play looked like or the diverse array of settings, systems, and styles available for this hobby.  These games, known as RPGS, are experiencing a resurgence in popularity as aspects of geek culture become more mainstream and continue to welcome an increasingly diverse fanbase that includes more women and the children and...

Read More

Music Therapy

by Meredith Flory   Music, like reading, challenges our thinking skills, encourages our creativity and increases our emotional intelligence.  When I was teaching English, I would often bounce ideas off of my husband, who was a music educator at the time. Of things regarding how I might incorporate music into the classroom – such as playing music from the countries we were reading stories from or using song lyrics to teach aspects of language, rhetoric and vocabulary.  At times he would work to connect music from his choirs to lessons for other teachers, such as singing music from a...

Read More

Raising Readers Through the Holidays

by Meredith Flory   Last year, we moved to Texas right around Halloween.  I have two little ones who love to dress up and eat candy any chance they are given, and a husband who loves purple and orange decorations and activities meant to scare, so of course my family is excited about a holiday dedicated to these things.  While we got in a trip to Steed’s Dairy one last time before we left the CSRA, knowing we would miss it, we quickly noticed that we had moved to a city that was filled with decorations and family friendly...

Read More

Raising Builders, Creators & Inventors

by Meredith Flory   Regardless of an ever growing field of competition from technology, character branding or trendy looks, toys in the category of building blocks have maintained their appeal for generations.  In addition to simply being fun, building sets challenge imagination and learning.  When organizing a child’s room or play area, building toys make a great center focus. Why are building toys so important? There are a variety of toys that fall into the building category, so finding the one that works for your family may be a process that considers the age of the children, interests, space...

Read More

Civic Learners

by Meredith Flory   As a parent, it can be moving to watch our children become passionate about a cause, and also frightening or frustrating when we aren’t sure how to answer their questions or guide them towards positive political activities.  Recently, at rallies and protests regarding a number of topics: gun violence, environmental issues, racial injustice and women’s rights, teens could be found holding signs, giving speeches, and helping to organize.  While there is plenty of precedent for committed young people, this generation’s access to information and social platforms enters new territory.  I spoke with local school media...

Read More

Resource Guides

What Are You Looking For?

Special Needs, The Best Places to Party, Camp Guides and More!

Family Favorites

Augusta Family Favorites in the CSRA

A List of Favorite Restaurants, Medical Professionals, Retailers and More!