Using Critical Thinking Exercises to Develop Higher Order Thinking in Preschoolers and Kindergarteners

Critical thinking exercises and activities are key to getting children to learn how to analyze problems from different angles. While memorization is a great way for children to learn the basics, developing their ability to think and analyze is vital to teaching them how to make good decisions. The younger children are when parents and teachers start to develop these skills, the more natural decision making will become.

 
 

Six Learning Strategies to Develop Children Higher Order Thinking Skills

Higher order thinking skills, also called HOTS or critical thinking skills can be taught.

Some traditional schools taught children basic thinking skills such as acquisition of knowledge, comprehension and rote learning (memorization) from young. As parents and educators, we can start our kids off by steering them away from memorization and regurgitation of information. Instead, assist them in organization and guide their paths to more complex reasoning with learning strategies.

Firstly, let’s understand what are HOTS…

 
 

Visual Learners Traits and Teaching Strategies

Does your child show common visual learners’ traits?

The ability to identify the learning style of each child helps tremendously for us, the parents, to teach them effectively. Though 65% of population learns visually but our children may not be one of them.

Close observation and tune our teaching method according to our children learning preference helps minimize frustration for both parent and child. It was only after many observations then I realized my son's visual learning preference.

Characteristics of Visual Learners

visual learner drawing
For visual learning preference child, he learns best from seeing information. Some of the common traits I have observed are:

  • Learn by Watching Others
  • Use Images to Remember
  • Prefer Face-to-Face Conversation
  • Distracted by Noise Easily
  • Enjoy Pictures, Drawings and Color-Oriented


 
 

Strategies for Auditory Learners to Succeed in School

Auditory learners benefit most from traditional teaching methods whereby teacher gives instruction verbally or delivers information via lecture. There are more we can do to enhance their learning experiences based on auditory learning preferences.
auditory learners
If you were to observe the children in a class, these are the ones who can follow instruction after being told once or twice.

You will also notice some kids like to talk it out as they process new information. Or, have you heard them humming to themselves when there is no music playing around?


 
 

Effective Tactile Learning Activities to Help Kinesthetic Learners Reduce Learning Frustration

Tactile learning activities can minimize kinesthetic learners stress in a typical learning environment.

Tactile learning preferences children find it stressful when they are made to sit still read and listen in a classroom environment. To relieve the stress, they may resort to action such as frequenting the rest room or get up to sharpen their pencils in the class. While in their seat, they start wriggling their legs, rocking or leaning in their chair. They are frequently mislabeled with attention deficit disorder when such behaviors are deemed unacceptable to parents, teachers or caretakers.

 
 

Understand Children Learning Styles and Help Your Child Learn Effectively

Children learning styles and preferences vary. Children learn best when information is presented to them according to their preferences.

As parents, we can help our children to learn effectively if we can discover their learning preferences. Understand each child learning strength and weakness allows us to adopt the appropriate teaching tactics.


 
 

Overcome Kids' Math Phobia and Anxiety to Eliminate Frustration in Learning Math

Math phobia and anxiety may be the underlying cause for kids having difficulty learning math.

Children may find many challenges in the process of learning and understanding mathematical concepts. Every individual child learns at her own pace. Some kids take time to totally acquire the concepts. However, some kids may develop a fear of math.

In order to help children overcome the frustration of learning math, we need to deepen the understanding of HOW a math phobia kid feels. I can fully comprehend this fearful feeling – I had a fear for math during my school days.
math phobia - child fearful of math

 
 

How to Help Children Overcome Difficulty in Learning Math

There are several teaching mathematics strategies to help kids understand and interested in math. Teaching math to kids is more than helping them to comprehend mathematical concepts, develop number sense and master math facts.

 
 

Mathematics Manipulatives
- Teaching Aids or Toys?

Mathematics manipulatives or math teaching aids is one of those "must have" teaching tools, which help kids in learning math. Parents buying math manipulatives may want to understand the differences between educational aids versus toy. This is to ensure it is the right math learning aids for their kids.

Teaching Tool or Toy

Math manipulatives may be viewed as educational toys or games. However, there are some key differences.
  • Toys or games can be battery operated. Mathematics manipulatives are usually very simple apparatus.
  • Games may be governed by rules but math manipulatives are usually guided by the teaching of teachers or parents. Regardless, kids view such math teaching aids as toys to them.

 
 

How To Determine If A Summer Camp Is Right For Your Special Needs Child

Summer Camp
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Being a parent is a job loaded with worries, but if your child has special needs, those worries are likely multiplied every time they leave the house. There are often so many things to think about, including their safety, whether they will have access to medicine or a means of getting around, and how to get them to communicate their needs if you’re not there. It can be overwhelming, and with the end of the school year near, you might be thinking of ways to help them thrive in a safe environment during summer months.