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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