How to Have Fun In The Car With The Grandkids
BY LAVELLE CARLSON
Long family car trips with young children can be quite taxing on the parents’ patience. And, it can also be boring to play I Spy, Count the Cars, Quiet Game repeatedly.
“My grandkids have become my greatest joy in my “older” years.”
We pick up our grands one day a week. By the time we have gone from lunch, back to the car (and buckle up), then to a museum/or park (and buckle up), and then for ice cream (and buckle up) we have run out of games to play. Now, that is not to say that I do not enjoy my smart, lovely and rambunctious (sometimes quite loud) grandkids. My grandkids have become my greatest joy in my “older” years.
One day after playing a rhyming game with my granddaughter, I had an inspiration and wrote some books so my grandkids will have fun while in the car while also improving their reading skills.
The Book of IF for Children
This book is not a story with a plot but fun two-page jokes. The book supports the pre-reading and early speech skill of rhyming. “If your mom said, “Eat your meat,” and you thought she said, “Eat your feet,” what would you do? Additional rhyming pairs are included in the back to help non-readers.
EEK! I Hear a Squeak
This is a fun book to introduce preschoolers to many fairy tales that enumerate “three”. It also introduces to the young children the difference between what you see and what you hear. You can see a “cow” but you hear it say, “moo”. You can see the letter /s/ but when you say it, it sounds like a snake.
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I Am Not Sleeping
This book, sung to the tune of “Frere Jacque” will give your young grandkids exposure to Spanish and English. Additional verbs in English and Spanish are included.
Galapagos Rules! Postcards from Poppies
Take a travel book. Galapagos Rules! Postcards from Poppies. Introduce your grandkids to a delightful place where they can see different animals in one of the most pristine environments (actual photos taken by the author). Few children will have the opportunity to see the biodiversity other than through book travel. Help your grands learn the rules that protect all the diverse species on the islands.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR – LAVELLE CARLSON
Lavelle Carlson is a retired speech/language pathologist and world traveler. In her new job as grandmother and author, she includes in her books some educational tips and travel information.