Growth Mindset: 3 Spectacular Mistakes That Will Help Your Child Study Better

Actions some parents and teachers view as mistakes may actually be learning experiences that can help children learn and improve grades and test scores.

Did you know that making mistakes is great for young learners? This may fly in the face of what you remember from your own days in the classroom, but mistakes are actually helpful to the learning process. Students don’t learn without stretching themselves, and that means they will struggle. But what can be a frustrating error on the surface can be turned into a teachable moment.

Here are three so-called “mistakes” that are, in reality, spectacular opportunities to improve the learning process. All three of these can help students improve their visual analysis and study skills. Continue reading “Growth Mindset: 3 Spectacular Mistakes That Will Help Your Child Study Better”

How to Create a Productive Study Space for Your Child

Want to help your child succeed in school? Create a productive study space at home. Your study space should be stocked with supplies and set up thoughtfully to promote learning and critical thinking.

Did you know that studying is different from homework?

Often, these two ideas end up intertwined, when they’re actually very different. Homework is an extension of classwork, often due within a set time. It’s assigned by the instructor and once finished it is turned in.

Studying, on the other hand, occurs when students review specific skills and concepts that they will be tested on. While homework is an exercise in practicing these skills, studying is the act of reviewing them. Studying often isn’t attached to a specific assignment (though it can be). Continue reading “How to Create a Productive Study Space for Your Child”

Demystifying Math: What Teachers Need Parents to Know

Math has changed since we parents were in school. Here are a few things teachers wish parents knew about today’s math curriculum and instruction.

Long gone are the days of rote memorization and learning in quiet rows.

Today’s math classrooms are much more dynamic and focus more on critical thinking and problem-solving skills than fact tables and timed tests. As teachers accommodate new teaching techniques it’s important for them to have the support of parents.

Here are some strategies teachers would love to see parents employ around math at home: Continue reading “Demystifying Math: What Teachers Need Parents to Know”

Test Prep Blog Post: Don’t Get a D in Test Prep: Easy Tips to Avoid Low Test Scores

How can you raise your child’s test scores? It goes beyond academic training. Learn how to avoid 5 environmental factors that could lead to lower test scores.

Education isn’t all about test scores, but they do matter. Great test scores can set your child up for accelerated classes, enrichment opportunities, and college admissions. While poor test scores can be counteracted by other factors, it’s an uphill climb.

There are a number of factors that can negatively influence your child’s test scores–some of which we have more control over than others. Here are 5 Ds that can drop your child’s test scores: Continue reading “Test Prep Blog Post: Don’t Get a D in Test Prep: Easy Tips to Avoid Low Test Scores”

Cyber Safety: How to safely recycle your digital devices

What do you do with digital devices when you’re finished with them? Learn how to safely recycle your devices!

These days, it’s not uncommon to buy multiple devices in a single year. In fact, sometimes it feels like as soon as we purchase a device it’s out of date.

Cell phones are a prime example. Every year there is a new “big release” of an updated cell phone, rendering yours obsolete. When your carrier’s two-year contract comes up for renewal, you often have the option of purchasing a shiny new device.

This same churn exists for iPads, computers, Kindles, and most other electronics. But what happens to your old devices when you upgrade? Do you throw them in the trash? Leave them in a drawer to gather dust?

There’s a better option. Continue reading “Cyber Safety: How to safely recycle your digital devices”

Critical Thinking Child Success Story: Jahkil Jackson Creates Blessing Bags for Homeless

Our own critical thinking child, Jahkil Jackson, is making national news with a creative and compassionate service project!

Jahkil, a 10-year old graduate of our Critical Thinking Boot Camp for kids, is a compassionate student who decided to tackle homelessness in Chicago head on. Noting the difficult living conditions of the homeless population in the Windy City, especially during the winter months, he decided to help by creating and distributing 5,000 ‘Blessing Bags’.

These Blessing Bags contain basic necessities, such as soap, toothpaste, shampoo, socks, and snacks. He met his 5,000 bag goal on December 28, 2017, and received special recognition from former president Barack Obama for his efforts. On December 29, Obama tweeted about Jahkil’s program and its success. Continue reading “Critical Thinking Child Success Story: Jahkil Jackson Creates Blessing Bags for Homeless”

4-Year Old Caleb Green Reads 100 Books in One Day

Who is Caleb Green?  How did he read 100 books in one day?  He’s a 4-year old critical thinking boot camp kid who achieved an amazing reading goal with the support of his parents and community.  Caleb’s parents adhere to a consistent reading routine,  maintains a home library of fun and engage books and promotes critical thinking skills at home. Congratulations to Caleb Green for inspiring a nation of readers young and old.  This holiday season share the gift of reading. Read with a Child. It’s the Most Important 20 Minutes of Your Day.”

Click here to watch Caleb’s reading video.

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Raising Smart Kids in a Digital World

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We’re excited to have our critical thinking boot camp kids featured on ABC 7 Chicago News.  As parents, we know smart kids will find a way around parental blocks on your phone or iPad.  The Critical Thinking Child LLC is committed to empowering parents with the tools and resources they need to help kids build healthy cyber safety habits.  Want peace of mind while your child learns and plays online?

The benefits of abstract puzzles

Our abstract puzzles are a great way to help encourage students to focus and think. When abstract puzzles are introduced into a child’s learning environment it requires both listening skills and a long attention span.

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How to Confront Other Parents at School

As parents, you want what’s best for your children. Sometimes, this means you become frustrated with decisions made by other parents: perhaps they sent their sick child to school and that child ended up getting your child sick. It might be behavioral; they taught your child a bad word or an unacceptable behavior that your child is now using. Worse still, another child could bully your child.

Which begs the question: Are there ever circumstances under which it is okay to confront another parent? And if so, how should it be done?

First, determine whether a confrontation should happen

To do so, consider the following factors: Continue reading “How to Confront Other Parents at School”