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Connie McCarthy is passionate about her work as a teacher of young children. She has devoted her entire career to making sure that her students do well at school, right from the start. Connie has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has been teaching first grade in East Providence, R.I. for 23 years, where she received the distinction of “Highly Qualified Teacher” by the Rhode Island State Board of Regents. Connie also taught nursery school for four years, and published numerous articles on early education in East Bay Newspapers in Bristol, R.I. She’s also been published in PTO Today Magazine. She lives with her husband, Brian, and has a daughter and a son, both young adults. Connie enjoys reading, writing about elementary education, and taking long walks with friends. During summer vacations, she likes to travel with her husband. She also loves reading readers’ comments on her weekly blog posts.

Logical Thinking Games Make Learning Fun

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Playing "logical" games with your child helps them develop critical thinking skills needed for math and reading success. Analogies are just a comparison of two things. These analogy games promote making connections and seeing patterns.

Here are a few quick suggestions to get started. Say:

  • Sock is to Foot, as Hat is to... (Head)
  • Fingers are to Hand, as Toes are to... (Feet)
  • Fire is to Hot, as Ice is to ... (Cold)
  • Shoe is to Foot, as Mitten is to... (Hand)
  • Rain is to Wet, as Desert is to...(Dry)

Once you get into the game it can be fun for the child if the adult answers incorrectly, then let the child make the correction. (For example, the adult might say "Barking is to dogs like Meowing is to ...Fish!!!" ) Your child should immediately say, "No, no!! A cat meows, not a fish!"

  • Button is to Shirt, as Zipper is to... (Coat, jacket)
  • Bird is to fly, as fish is to... (Swim)
  • Night is to Black, as Snow is to...(White)
  • Chicks are to Hens, as Cubs are to... (Bears)
  • Boat is to Water, as Car is to ... (Road)

My students love doing these activities and often go on to create their own! With patience and practice you will help your child build logic, reasoning, and problem solving skills.



#1 A 2010-11-26 04:27
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Do you allow your children to watch TV or play on the computer before doing their homework?