Parents must help kids learn to assess, evaluate, and see relationships between events and ideas. Here are some things parents can do to boost thinking skills:
Encourage children to ask questions about the world around them.
Listen actively and respond seriously, but without judgement, to the questions they raise.
When reading together, ask children to imagine what will happen next in the story.
When kids express feelings, ask why they feel that way.
Ask children to find facts to support their opinions.
Use TV and other forms of entertainment as the basis of family discussions.
Use daily activities as occasions for learning. Let children estimate cost and time and guess at how things work.
Reward children for being curious and creative.
Ask kids what questions their teachers are raising in class.
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