Category: Raising Readers

Domestic Literacy Part 2

by Meredith Flory Near my daughter’s first birthday, we got lucky in finding a used wooden play kitchen for about $20.  We’ve added felt food, tiny pots and pans, wooden toy kitchen utensils and more to it over the years. It’s become a favorite toy. However, I quickly learned that children desire real experiences in the real kitchen as well.  While my youngest still loves imitating me and bringing me plastic cake and imaginary coffee from the toys, my oldest regularly asks to help cook dinner and I willingly oblige. Sometimes this task is easier than others and I...

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Domestic Literacy

by Meredith Flory Readers, I am so happy to begin writing this column for you for a third year.  Whether you’ve been with me since the beginning, or you are new to Augusta Family, I’m excited to have you join me on this journey as we “raise readers” together.  As we entered the New Year, my daughter has just begun to sound out words on her own, and is developing a love of graphic novels for kids – it’s so exciting to see her begin to put the pieces together for an act that has brought me so much...

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Raising Readers of Diverse Books

by Meredith Flory Readers: I am writing this column to you from a library in El Paso, Texas as my family waits for the moving truck with all of our household goods to arrive.  As a military family, we move every few years and one of the things I love most about moving is getting to see the different landscapes, diversity of culture and varying character of cities and regions across our country. Children’s books are a wonderful way for children to travel and explore our country and world without ever leaving their bedroom. In addition, children get to...

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I See Me! Personalized Books and Gifts for Raising Your Reader

by Meredith Flory As technology and readership changes, the publishing world continues to innovate to find new ways to engage and attract young people to the page.  One of the burgeoning products on the market is the personalized book – where a book is purchased that can incorporate names, pictures or other information from a specific person into the story. I See Me! Personalized Children’s Books is one such brand. I recently spoke to staff at the company, and had the opportunity to review their products with my own children on the pages. Mompreneur Maia Haag decided to embark...

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Reading for the Hearing Impaired

by Meredith Flory The image of reading a bedtime story to our children, snuggled up as a family while turning the pages of one of our own childhood favorites is in the minds of many parents as they await a new baby.  We know that reading to your children is a strong predictor of success in school, and it can be a part of a calming bedtime routine.  However, what if as a parent you discover that bedtime stories may not look exactly like you expected them to?  I spoke with Kandice Hunt, a consultant and teacher for the...

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