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Are You Raising a Critical Thinker?

Updated: Jul 30, 2022

Volume 1 Issue 3

March 7, 2022


The Teachable Tutor's Thoughts

"Children must be taught how to think; not what to think."

Margaret Mead

What is critical thinking? Why is it relevant to your child? What can you do about it?

Well, you're going to get your questions answered but..... first I have to remind you of something important.........

You are your child's first and most important TEACHER!

Now let's get into it!



  • What is Critical Thinking?

Critical thinking is really just the following concepts:

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It also includes....

-asking good questions

-clearly stating what you mean


  • Why is Critical Thinking Relevant to Your Child?

Simply put, children with critical thinking skills are better thinkers. It helps to unlock the genius in each child. The benefits for children that are associated with critical thinking are many. Here are a few:


⭐️increased confidence

⭐️thinking for self

⭐️being more creative

⭐️increased curiosity

⭐️open-mindness

⭐️increased flexibility of thinking

⭐️making more logical choices






  • What You Can Do About It

You can create a home environment that promotes critical thinking:

Step 1 decrease 👎🏾 the screen time with devices like: iPads, cellphones, laptops and

PS5)

Step 2 increase 👍🏾 free time to play and being imaginative

Step 3 assign your child household duties to complete

Step 4 engage your child in rich conversations with loads of questioning

Step 5 provide at home learning opportunities that encourage critical thinking.

For example:

⭐️ Younger children can sort at home items by size, shape and color 'compare

& contrast'

⭐️ While reading your child a bedtime story, have your child explain in their

own words what they understood ( remember to provide diverse

reading materials)

⭐️ Debate with your child; 'form ideas'

⭐️ Play games like chess; have your child solve riddles; and do at home science

experiments then discuss the results... 'problem solve' & 'evaluate ideas'


@Mommy Poppins


(always encourage your child to talk about what they are doing and explain why they are doing it)


Also model critical thinking for your child:


Show your child how to ask questions that encourage critical thinking. Allow them to ask you these questions as well. Here are a few examples of how to engage your child:


You can ask questions or make statements like...

⭐️explain it again

⭐️how can we check if this is true?

⭐how does it fit together?

⭐️why do you think this will work?

HERE IS A GREAT RESOURCE FOR MORE CRITICAL THINKING QUESTIONS FOR YOUR CHILD. ➡️ 🌐CLICK HERE


  • Parent Resource for Kids


Board Games For Critical Thinking Skills:

⭐️Guess Who

⭐️Connect Four

⭐️Hoppers

⭐️Sudoku

⭐️Battleship







Here's a last minute tip for parents aka teachers: make critical thinking a habit. Make it fun! Make it a daily part of your child's life! In today's society, critical thinking is essential for life long learners. Your child's thinking skills will carry them far. Children with critical thinking skills replace the saying 'I think I can' with ' I know I can'!

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Remember truly 'every child is born a genius'!🙂

Buckminster Fuller


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Ms. Nwaifejokwu

The Teachable Tutor aka

Ms. Nwaifejokwu

Author, Educator, Entrepreneur, and Mom




"Teaching is a priceless gift to any determined learner. Good teachers are therefore priceless gifts to eager learners."

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