Category: Raising Readers

Celebrating Father’s Day with Reading

by Meredith Flory   As we approach Father’s Day, I wanted to share some stories that make good gifts for a parent, or provide good summer reading for families. A beautifully illustrated picture book can be a sweet gift for an adult, particularly one that reminds you of that person in some way, and that they can read to their children, grandchildren, or students.  However, this Father’s Day book list has a slight twist. It’s important to remember that while Mother’s and Father’s Days are wonderful holidays for families to thank parents for the work they do, for some...

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Fun and Comics

by Meredith Flory   I have always loved science fiction books, movies, and television, but comics were not something I collected or that felt accessible to me as a kid.  I read old copies of my mom’s Archie comics when I was at my grandmother’s and the occasional collection of Calvin and Hobbes or Peanuts, but for a long time I only watched my favorite superheroes on the big screen or Saturday morning cartoons.  However, as an adult and an English teacher I began to look into graphic novels, picking up adult classics like The Watchmen to read and...

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Raising Awareness

by Meredith Flory   For over three years I’ve written this column to focus on a different educational issue each month. Some topics are lighthearted and fun such as activities to keep your child engaged with reading on a plane and some topics more serious such as discussing political and social activism with your children.  Even with such varied topics, each connects in some way to building literacy, because learning to read and write affects not only our ability to learn a wide range of skills but also to communicate our own stories more effectively.  In April, the National...

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DIY Designs & Crafts

by Meredith Flory   For many adults, the word “felt” might conjure up memories of storyboards in elementary school or basic crafts for children, but it’s not something you’ve ever purchased or thought about using regularly for projects around the house. However, felt is a versatile material that can be a way to create homemade toys, costumes, decorations and other crafts for the enjoyment of you and your child. I have frequently used felt, trying my hand at making play food, finger puppets, seasonal activities and storyboards for our home school, with varying levels of success. My own experience...

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Globes and Maps

by Meredith Flory   A strong awareness of geography and quality Social Studies instruction can positively impact today’s students as they grow up with global opportunities for learning, working, and traveling.  While unfortunately not always given as much attention, historical, cultural, and geographical awareness can help students make connections in other subject areas.  The Georgia Council for the Social Studies, in their position statement available online, shares that the quality social studies instruction they advocate for can help students “develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic...

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