The awakening of the critical sense in children

The awakening of the critical sense in children

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It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. This is noticeable, for example, in the daily lives of those of us who live with children. Many times a story alone is not enough for them. Children ask for images and more than that, live moments and know the facts with their own eyes.

Children's eyes are like windows for learning through which all the information they receive passes and that one day becomes an opinion, and that later they will end up forming their critical sense.

What is critical thinking?

It is the ability that one acquires to reason, solve problems and make decisions. It is thinking logically and asking questions to find the best explanation for a type of situation or event. Making a child think critically should be the responsibility of parents and educators.

Children should not inherit the thoughts and opinions of their parents. They may consider them, but they must have their own thinking. How to get it?

There are some exercises that can induce children's ability to have critical thinking. Moreover, they are especially necessary for them to be employed during childhood since the older we get, the more difficult it will be for them to acquire a critical sense.

To stimulate critical thinking in children, we need to consider a few things:

1- Parents are the great teachers on the subject, the example to be followed by children.

2- When the children do an activity at home or away from home (a camp, a craft, reading a book, games), when they finish it, ask their opinion about it, that is, what they liked and what they did not like.

3- Encourage the children to play with questions and answers. There are matching games for children to match pictures and text. Example: card games about nature, animals, colors, etc.

4- Encourage your child to read everything: books, magazines, newspapers ... and exercise their understanding. After reading, ask him what he has read and if he agrees with what he has seen.

5- Do not leave the children without an answer. There is an age when they are very curious and insistent with the whys. If you don't know or can't answer it right away, tell them you will do it later, but never leave them without an answer. there are answers to many of the children's whys.

6- Teach children to identify shapes, colors, sizes, etc., asking them, for example, to identify images on a sheet. With younger children, you can play to find objects in large containers. When they find them, ask them to describe them.

In recent years, the power of communication has increased considerably in the world. Today we can know an event at the same time it occurs. All this has influenced the critical sense of children. My daughter is shocked when she sees images of hungry children, of wars, of popular movements, and I take the opportunity to talk to her about it.

What I try to do is open their eyes wide, observe their emotions and reflections, and encourage their ability to understand and interpret each event.

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Video: Encourage critical thinking with 3 questions. Brian Oshiro. TEDxXiguan (August 2022).