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.
With the holiday season now in full swing, don’t forget the gift of books—even though your child might be yearning for the latest electronic gadgets!
Seeing beautiful illustrations, turning actual pages, and imagining sounds and sights are a significant part of reading comprehension.
When buying a book for children age 5-7 years old, think about their specific interests, such as dinosaurs, ballet, whales, etc. This helps a child make a personal connection to the story.
Opt for non-fiction or realistic fiction books. Both of these types of books help 5-7 year-olds gather information and build on previous knowledge. Following are 6 top books for gift-giving; 3 are non-fiction, and 3 are realistic fiction.
Age-appropriate non-fiction books:
Age-appropriate realistic fiction books:
Nothing can create memories like snuggling up with a good book together on a cold winter night. Think of books as an unforgettable and everlasting gift!