Critical thinking is a necessary skill in the 21st century. How do you prepare your child for the challenging future that awaits them? Aside from enrichment programs your child can participate in, here are some questions you can ask your child in cultivating their critical thinking skill.
- How and why does this happen?
You can start with a basic idea or use these simple questions to break down a complex subject. If your child notices something on the playground, you can go beyond asking them what happened. You can dig deeper and let them explore the causes and mechanics of why things happen.
- How do you know this?
Ask your child how they know what they are saying. They will try to provide you with evidence from previous concepts learned, knowledge acquired at home or school, and their experiences or observations.
- What about other people’s perspectives?
Critical thinking also considers the perspectives of other people. Encourage your child to see through the lens of other people.
- How are you going to solve this problem?
Problems can be small and complicated – but regardless of their scope, give your child the chance to address them by themselves. Let their minds think about possible solutions. Instead of shutting down their ideas, help them tackle limitations and realities.
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