Encyclopaedic information alone is not enough to help your child develop academically. It is therefore essential that children are taught how to think critically. Below are five (5) tips that will help you assist your child to think critically.
- Enhance Their Reading Comprehension Skills
According to Carol Miller of the Good Men Project, “helping our children develop their reading comprehension skills is a critical first step to develop skills needed to become capable and enthusiastic readers. Kids need to develop and improve their ability to distinguish between what they understand and what they do not about a statement, paragraph or book.” Developing this skill is imperative so that the parent can aid them with practicing as well as figuring out methods that can assist them with improving this critical foundation skill.
- Ask Questions
It is essential to allow your child to ask as well as answer questions about what they have read as it will help prepare them to think actively as they read. This will also enable them to focus their attention on what they are learning about. Miller further asserts that “by answering questions, children can show they have mastered the ability to understand what they read and interpreted. It gives parents the ability to identify particular areas of their reading comprehension that they have trouble understanding. In addition, it gives them the ability to demonstrate their critical thinking skills.”
- Provide opportunities for Play
Experimenting with how things work is crucial to developing critical thinking. When children play in whatever environment, they are given the opportunity to explore cause and effect. Parenting Newsletter Bright Horizons asserts that when children do this, they discover new things, “what happens if I drop a spoon over and over again off the side of a high chair tray or roll two marbles down a chute at the same time? How can I get the block to balance on the top of this tower?”
Therefore, it is of utmost importance to provide indoor as well as outdoor space for playing as this will enable you to provide open-ended opportunities for your child to try something and see the reaction; and then to try something else and see if he can create a different reaction.