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How To Help Your Child Think Critically

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“Education is not about the learning of facts but training the mind to think” – Albert Einstein.

Independent schools, like KBS, strive to have their students learn and grow into the world of critical thinking. Students will develop skills that will bring them closer to the logical answers, rather than using their personal opinions to determine biased answers. This type of independent learning is encouraged for each individual child, as well as each type of learning style that a child may possess. You may be asking yourself, “What is critical thinking and how do I help my child learn to think critically?”

At KBS we are teaching your children every day new techniques and methods to think critically and problem solve, but it doesn’t just end there. You must continue to help your children think critically at home with these tips.

What Is Critical Thinking?

Critical thinking is the ability to analyze the way that one thinks and put forward evidence for ones ideas. Finding evidence is key factor in critical thinking, rather than using your own bias and personal reasoning as proper proof. Critical thinking enables independent inquiry, thinking and learning. It also gives you better control on your opinions and the empathy to listen to others viewpoints as well. For your child, critical thinking is beneficial at a young age to encourage a sense of discovery of learning, what resonates as right and wrong, and to promote clearer thinking.

Simply, critical thinking is approaching a question and deconstructing it with evidence to find a proper solution.

What is a critical thinking break down?

You may not know this, but you and your child both critically think every day with simple life decisions. Here is a breakdown on how to approach critical thinking.

  • Figure out a question with an unsolved answer

  • Gather the evidence and proof

  • Weigh your options and opinions

  • Consider the implications

  • Answer the question with an unbiased perspective

How Can You Improve Your Children’s Critical Thinking?

Start young! Starting your children’s critical thinking skills when they are at an early age is going to benefit them in the long run. KBS offers experience based critical thinking learning for students to become independent thinkers and problem solvers. There are a few techniques you can use at home with your child in order to boost their critical thinking!

It’s important to run through the process of critical thinking, though sometimes we may not understand that our brain is primed to already do these steps.

If you have young kids these exercises are perfect for at home critical thinking fun.

At KBS, we strive to help our students engage their critical thinking skills on a daily basis as they learn how to learn.

  • Get them reading more to understand alternative perspectives
  • Connecting the dots during reading time (helps reading comprehension)
  • Have them writing more to explain their opinions and solutions 
  • Have your children ask open ended questions
  • Ask your child if there are any other ideas to try
  • Get them thinking outside of the box about new ideas and solutions
  • Asking your child “Why” Five times to break down the answer to the question

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