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.
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:
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!"
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.