4 Tips To Develop Critical Thinking Skills In Your Children
Everyday kids are given opportunities to problem solve and to develop their own judgment. Problems that allow this development involve physical challenges, understanding how certain things operate and work, as well as socializing and relationship issues. These things may seem minuscule to us, but these situations provide a great chance for children to practice important critical thinking skills.
Problems can offer a child a chance to build a strong, solid foundation for critical thinking. Our main role as the adults in children’s lives is to guide and develop them to creative problem solving. Weather that means letting a kid learn and investigate on their own or helping them along the way. The way that we respond can have a momentous impact on the developmental and thinking skills in a child.
So you may be wondering how we can best support and teach our kids ad they develop critical thinking skills…Here are some tips that will build a strong foundation for their future as problem solvers:
- Promote new and different ways of thinking!
By letting children think outside the box, you are letting them perfect their creative problem solving skills. Try asking questions like “What other ideas could we try,” or ask them to come up with other solutions to a problem that you see them working on.
- Give them the chance to play!
Playing, believe it or not, is when children best test their thinking skills. Allowing a kid these places to play can give them open ended chances to try something and test the reaction. Make sure to give your child a proper place to play, such as an area inside and space outside.
- Don’t solve all of the problems that your children have!
Instead of solving the difficulties that they face, try to solve the problem together. Don’t forget to have patience with them…. try giving them tips and clues, but not so much that you solve the problem for them!
- Help them view themselves as problem solvers!
Instead of giving your child the answer to a problem as soon as the question appears, help them critically think by asking them questions. Say something like: “What ideas do you have? What do you think is happening here?” Make sure to respect his or her responses whether you view them as “correct” or not.
Sure, there are moments when you may not be able to take this much time for your child to answer a question on his or her own. Sometimes it is okay to take the fast way. Make sure that your child is watching how you solve the problem. Kids also learn from observing how you do something. When you can, take the time to grow and develop your child’s critical thinking skills
The Penne’ Anne’ and Billy Project gives children K – 5 an opportunity to implement all four ways to increase your child’s critical thinking abilities. Encouraging a child to come up with different ideas for businesses helps challenge them to think and problem solve. The Kids will have room and the opportunity to “play business owner” and make decisions for growing their business during the large group interactive business game facilitated during the community event. The gamification options are not always going to be possible for the children during their activities on the App. This allows the children to brainstorm alternative directions for meeting their needs in the gameplay. Therefore, strengthening their ability to use more cognitive innovation to get to the desired end result.
The parents as standby consultants will use their ability to show restraint in helping their child solve the problem related to the business game in the event and the App. This will enhance communication between the parent and their child. This program will help children become better problem solvers. These are the problem solvers that are building the capacity to be a future CEO in the making.