Critical Thinking is an important skill that if taught properly to your chid can help them do well in every subject. Here are some ideas of things you can do to help your child think critically:
Flip a Story
Choose a story that your child likes to read. Encourage your child to write the story from another characters point of view. For instance, how would the Giant in Jack and the Beanstalk tell the story of Jack and The Beanstalk? Have your child tell the point of view from several different characters in the book. Critical thinkers can look at situations through different lenses. Plus it will be fun to see what your child can come up with!
What’s the Same?
Have your child choose two objects in the room that don’t appear to have anything in common. For example: a shoe and a pencil Ask your child to find at least one thing that is similar about them. They could say that both have rubber – rubber on the sole of the shoe, and rubber on the eraser.
Play games like checkers, chess, Connect Four to build thinking skills. As you play these games, share your thought process. “If I move here, you’ll probably move there.” Suggest to your child that they talk through their moves too. Solo games and activities like Rubik’s Cube and Sudoku can also help make your child a better thinker.
Do you have any other ideas on how to teach critical thinking? If so, leave us a comment we’d love to hear about it!