Category: Raising Readers

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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The Gift Of Quality Time

by Meredith Flory   The month of December is a hectic time for many families.  Filled with holiday celebrations, recitals and school activities, there’s a rush of shopping, working, and events that may leave your family having fun, but feeling frazzled.  However, as we enter the new year, if you then find a lull in your family calendar, the last few days of break or the following weekends of cold, dreary winter days, can be the perfect time to reconnect with your children and spend one-on-one time away from distractions and the daily routine of parenting.  Planning a “date”...

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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...

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