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.
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.
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.
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.
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 In fact, sometimes it feels like as soon as we purchase a device it’s out of date.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?
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’.
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.”
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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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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