Category: Raising Readers

Raising Teen Readers

by Meredith Flory In 2016, the Pew Research Center revealed that 26% of American adults admitted to not reading any part of a book in the last year, and this included audio and electronic book formats. While this doesn’t necessarily take into account those that read frequently in other forms, such as magazines or news articles, it does include readers that may not have finished a complete book or do not read frequently. If I want to encourage you to “raise readers,” this means raising adults that still use reading as a way to learn, empathize, better themselves, and...

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Goals & Assessments

by Meredith Flory Reading Assessments and Goals A child’s ability to master reading at their grade level can affect their performance throughout school as textbooks, test questions, and other reading materials will increase in difficulty level in all subjects.  Often I focus on building the pre-literacy skills necessary to prepare a child for learning in the classroom, however, many parents have expressed to me that once their child was in school, knowing the terminology and assessments regarding their child’s reading level can be intimidating. The speed at which curriculum and assessments change can be daunting, even to a seasoned...

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Raising Summer Readers

by Meredith Flory For younger children, reading in the home is hopefully part of a routine that can be used year round – bedtime stories, storytimes at local libraries or simply having easily accessible board books and picture books for them to look at are ways to encourage a love of reading year round. However, once readers become more independent and school takes up a large part of their time, it can be more difficult to help your child cultivate a love of learning related to their own curiosity, rather than “work”.  During the summer, your schedule as an...

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Educational Outings for Families

by Meredith Flory As a military family, we try to explore each region we live in to learn more about the food, nature and culture of the area. When we explore with our children, those day trips are usually focused on child-friendly fun. With a little creativity, it’s possible to find affordable activities for the whole family that can encourage your children to keep reading during the summer months. Pairing activities with age appropriate books can not only help your children avoid a summer slump in learning but also make reading more engaging too. Here are suggestions for educational...

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Raising Curious Readers

by Meredith Flory My three year old has recently started interrupting stories to ask questions. While it is easier to ask her to be quiet and to think of it as toddler impatience, I have realized that she is really trying to make sense out of stories now.  She wants to know what happens next or why a character is acting a certain way.  Thinking about how curiosity plays into how children learn new skills, I spoke with Amanda Brewer, a fifth grade Gifted and Talented Reading, English, Language Arts and Social Studies teacher at Aiken Elementary School. Brewer...

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