1. Does your child ask a lot of questions?
Is s/he curious about everything s/he sees? Is s/he a little engineer, always opening up the toys she’s got? Your child may very well be a critical thinker.
2. What is critical thinking?
Critical thinking is the thinking that assesses itself.
We can figure out real-life solutions by our experiences and logical thinking. In the same way, we must help our little ones apply information both directly and indirectly to come to a solution. It is going to help them in their school assignments, science projects, reading and extracurricular activities.
The family is the first place of a child where he or she learns this way of thinking. Parents can create opportunities for their kids to encourage critical thinking. Here’s how.
3. Explain it properly
Explain to your kid that we make conclusions or draw inference by using clues and get the meaning from them by our deep thinking.
For example, if our pet dog is hungry, how can we sense it? We will watch his tail wagging and constant sitting in front of the food bowl.
4. Create various scenarios
Create various situations for your children. They must use their knowledge and learn to predict the outcomes.
Let’s say, gardening. You can present scenarios like seeds getting adequate sunlight and water, seeds getting no water and seeds getting zero sunlight. Then ask your children which seeds will grow into a tree.
5. Encourage him/her to observe scientifically
If your child starts to make an accurate observation of an object, s/he will be eligible to conclude and can make judgments based on the viewing.
The question "why" plays a significant role here. If s/he asks you the reason, you can reply with - "What is your thinking about it?" It will encourage him/her to draw a conclusion of his/her own.
6. Use the Socratic method
It involves critical thinking via questioning. Children shower lots of questions naturally. Your job is to question them back. Ask them their viewpoint by throwing questions at them.
7. Compare and contrast
Kids can view the similarity and difference between two topics that can help them analyze and designate certain information.
You can show them two animals – the lion and the tiger. Tell them all the similarities and differences. The child can now compare and contrast between two animals.