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.
Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and a time when many families start traveling. Although there are plenty of electronic devices and mobile movies to keep young ones occupied while traveling, try alternating some short and simple educational games to keep thinking skills sharp.
Below are five simple games to try. “In the Basket” and “Name That Tune” help children reinforce visual and auditory memory. “Build a Story” and “The Alphabet Search” foster sequencing skills. “Name that Color” helps with categorizing. All of these skills are crucial for good reading and math comprehension. The beauty of these games is that the kids are just having fun without necessarily realizing they are developing their educational skills.
Games like these are great for long or short trips. They make the time pass quickly, and you’ll be amazed at how creative your children can be!