Category: Raising Readers

Readers and Nature

by Meredith Flory   Preparing for our move across the country last fall, we made the decision to treat the drive more like a family vacation than a marathon driving session. We spent a day at Vicksburg National Park, a beautiful, sprawling piece of land near the Mississippi River that memorializes a major turning point in the Civil War with monuments, museums and battlefield sites. At times, it was solemn and heartbreaking but it was also a day filled with memory making and down time to rest from the trip. National parks make a great destination for longer vacations...

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Raising Green Readers

by Meredith Flory While it can feel time consuming and it’s hard to see what impact you are making, many of you may feel the same responsibility I do towards attempting to positively change the environmental impact my family has.  As we work on our first garden, continue to assess our shopping and recycling habits and try our hand at sustainable practices, I’ve realized how involving my children increases their outdoor time and interest in the sciences.  The last two months, I’ve addressed issues of domestic literacy and how working with your children on household skills can increase their...

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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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