It is becoming increasingly evident in our society just how crucial it is to be able to think about situations critically. The ability to think critically in life is lacking in some individuals and is not an innate skill. It is a skill that can be built and strengthened with practice. Teaching critical thinking is important for my children’s future and yours.
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With information readily available to us at the click of a button online, it is easy for us to take what we read as truth. When, in fact, it is the farthest from the truth. So, how do we combat this gullible mindset in our children? It is a concept we should be thinking about throughout our homeschooling years.
When experts speak about critical thinking, they usually tie it into the need to develop the skills because of an increasingly tech-savvy and fast-changing world. I agree with this in both cases.
Perhaps most importantly in today’s information age, thinking skills are viewed as crucial for educated persons to cope with a rapidly changing world. Many educators believe that specific knowledge will not be as important to tomorrow’s workers and citizens as the ability to learn and make sense of new information. —Deborah Gough, 1991, Author of Thinking About Thinking
The ability to think critically about situations and to problem solve can be utilized for almost every part of life. Whether it be in academic subjects or personal decision making, the skill is plainly needed.
I knew early on in my homeschooling journey that I wanted my children to think for themselves. Once they started reading, I began to ask them questions that they still think about today when reading new books or reading news articles. It is impressive how the questions we ask them, actually become a part of how their thinking develops in the future.
A few questions I used to help my children think critically in subjects, from when they were little, were:
- What do you think about that?
- What do you think will happen next?
- Why do you think that happened?
- What would you have done differently?
- What other ideas can we try?
In getting my children to think about why things were happening, they carry that inquisitive nature in other parts of their life. I graduated a child recently from homeschool, and I hope she can continue to ask these questions and make educated decisions as she explores adulthood.
My second daughter will be in fifth grade soon, and I knew I wanted to do a little more with her in this area. After searching and reading reviews, we are planning to use two different products from The Critical Thinking Co.
The Critical Thinking Co. aims to empower students with developing critical thinking skills for better grades, higher test scores, and success in life. They do not teach through drill and memorization or prepare students just to pass tests.
The first thing that intrigued me about The Critical Thinking Co. is a statement made by the company president, Michael Baker. Mr. Baker said:
“If we teach children everything we know, their knowledge is limited to ours. If we teach children to think, their knowledge is limitless.”
I didn’t just want my daughter to develop these skills, I wanted her to pursue them as part of her character. I wanted her knowledge to be limitless.
Writing Detective® Level 1
Writing Detective® Level 1 is a 64-page book of fun, mystery-based activities that develop writing, reading, higher-order thinking, and organizational skills. In this resource, learners act as investigative reporters writing articles for a local newspaper. In this process, students solve mysteries through clues and evaluating evidence to decipher what happened in the story.
Just like a real investigative reporter, kids must compile all the evidence together to come up with the best possible scenario as a conclusion. Your child can be highly educated, yet without being able to solve problems it will be difficult for them to excel in the real world and career path.
Mind Benders® Level 3
Mind Benders® Level 3 is a 48-page book that contains thinking puzzles that develop logic, reading comprehension, and mental organization skills. Each of these skills is vital to achieving higher grades and top test scores in all subjects. In addition to these skills that help academically, the puzzles are also great for establishing real-world, problem-solving skills.
Kids analyze the Mind Benders® story clues and come up with associations between characters, places, and things. The puzzles increase in difficulty and include step-by-step instructions and detailed answers.
I love that these resources will help develop my daughter’s ability to think in a manner that is thinking of solutions rather than only being fed information to memorize. Teaching critical thinking truly will set our children apart from others in this competitive world. Not only is critical thinking development essential in education but it will carry them through life’s challenges as well.
Do you also want a student who is a researcher, an analyzer, and one who can come to conclusions on their own? If so, The Critical Thinking Co. as an awesome opportunity for you.
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Carrie is the owner & operator of Homeschool Giveaways. She has been homeschooling for over a decade and has successfully graduated her first homeschooler. She has two girls and works side by side at home with her awesome husband. She has been saved by grace, fails daily, but continues to strive toward the prize of the high calling of being a daughter of the Most High God.