Category: Raising Readers

Raising Traveling Readers

BY Meredith Flory Keeping children quiet and entertained while traveling can seem like a daunting task. But what if we approach the time it takes to get to our destination as time available to learn with our children? Thinking creatively about how to best use your child’s undivided attention when they’re buckled in might help us enjoy the journey more. Just as adults might pick reads that seem more leisurely on vacation, students can get the benefit of reading while focusing on activities that seem more fun than work. Melissa Watson, Teacher Librarian at Stevens Creek Elementary School discussed motivating...

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Creative Reading Spaces

BY Meredith Flory On my birthday last year, I was very pregnant, it was storming outside and I just wanted to curl up with a good book. However, unlike my first pregnancy, I had an energetic toddler with cabin fever on my hands. I wracked my brain for ways to make lying around more appealing to a two-year-old without invoking the use of the television and I realized that it might be time to enjoy that mainstay of childhood: the pillow fort.   I cleared off a table, covered it with a sheet and underneath we stacked pillows, blankets, books...

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Raising Sibling Readers

BY Meredith Flory Sitting on the floor with my toddler, I watched her trace a line for the first time. It wasn’t perfectly straight, but it was the first time she had traced a dotted line. “I drew a line Mom!” She sang and danced around the room. I was so proud of her, but I worriedly wondered to myself how much time we would have for activities once her little brother arrived in a few months. I remembered how much time was spent simply nursing, changing diapers and cuddling with a newborn. I was nervous about making the transition...

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Teaching Empathy Through Stories

BY Meredith Flory Meredith Flory is an Augusta area freelance writer, military spouse and mother of two. She has a masters degree in children’s literature from Kansas State University and has taught high school and college English.As a graduate teaching assistant at Kansas State University, I was given the opportunity to teach Children’s Literature to a group of undergraduate students working towards jobs in education.  Overwhelmingly, my students expressed the opinion that the children’s stories we read were too dark and depressing. Some didn’t remember reading scary or sad things as a child, even though they remembered some of the...

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