A good thinker has the potential to become a wise person who will know the difference between right from wrong. Our future is ever changing and we need to properly equip our children for what lies ahead.
A critical thinker has the ability to think clearly and make decisions, rather than accepting information at face value. This seems like a difficult task for a parent, but simply put, you want your child to be an engaged learner, not a passive gatherer of information.
A thinker asks questions and seeks answers. The next time your child ask “why”, make sure you give a rational answer. You should demonstrate rational thinking and your child will develop in the same manner.
Why Critical Thinking is Important
Children grow up to be confident when they understand right from wrong. They need to make sense of information – Analyze it, compare it, contrast it and apply sound reasoning.
Children with critical thinking skills:
- Learn to connect ideas.
- Develop strong debatable communication.
- Approach problems in a consistent and systematic way.
- Identify errors in reasoning and find solutions.
- Reflect and justify their own beliefs and values.
As you guide your child through the process, teach the difference between right from wrong. Prove and analyze situations positively.
Hands-on Experiences are Foundational
Give your child a task. Then pause and wait while they figure out how it works. Give ample time to think and reflect on the task, rather than come up with a quick answer. Do not intervene or do not do the task for them – this does more harm than good.
Critical thinking helps us make better decisions for the future.
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Developing critical thinking skills in children