If you have a child, you likely want to make sure that he or she is as successful as possible. This can mean that he or she has the skills that he or she needs to get through school and life without dropping the ball. This means that you want your child to develop logic and critical thinking skills. However, you might not have any idea how you were able to develop your logic skills in the first place. This can make it hard for you to teach your child these skills at home. Here are some tips for helping your child develop logic and critical thinking.
1. Point Out Cause and Effect
The first thing that you can do is talk to your child about cause and effect in your daily life. For example, you can point out that you put wet clothing into the dryer and they come out dry. Then, you can ask your child how he or she thinks that happened. Your child, depending on his or her age, might state that new clothing came out of the dryer to replace the old, wet clothing that came in. If he or she says that, you can point out that it's all the same clothing from before. Try to get your child to explore the fact that the clothes come out of the dryer warm and get him or her to connect that heat with drying. Do this for lots of other cause and effect scenarios in your life. Be sure that if your child asks you about a more complex topic, such as gravity, that you do a little research for how to explain the phenomenon in such a way that your child will understand.
2. Compare Quantities
Another good skill that you need to help your child develop is comparing quantities. Have a pile of five blocks that are the same and put them in a tower. Then, have a separate train of five blocks all next to each other. Have your child count the blocks in each structure and find out that there are five in each. Then, ask your child which structure has more blocks. Depending on age, your child might answer that they have the same, or that the tower of blocks has more blocks. If your child gets the answer wrong, explain that they each have five blocks. Keep practicing so that your child can compare quantities without being fully reliant on how they look.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in education programs that emphasize logic. Contact a school like Montessori Of Woodridge for more ideas.
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