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.

With as much success as his Blessing Bags have seen, it would be easy to call the project complete. But Jahkil is not yet finished. In fact, he wants it to grow even larger with a goal of 6,000 bags in 2018!

Once the bags are created, his family members take to the streets. They drive around with Blessing Bags on hand, so they are always prepared to hand one out to a person in need. As the volume of bags created increases, so does the number of individuals who can be helped.

Jahkil is a graduate of our Critical Thinking Boot Camp for kids, in which students learn to solve real-world problems and collaborate with their peers in creative and innovative ways. At The Critical Thinking Child, we’ve always believed that the learning process is most applicable outside of the classroom.

It makes us so proud to see Jahkil apply his critical thinking skills to solve real-world problems at home. Keep up the great work, Jahkil!

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.”

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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

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How to Boost Your Child’s Confidence

5 cool ways to increase self-esteem

Most parents have one vision in common: they want their children to be happy and confident. Confidence can help your child perform better in school, navigate social situations, and grow into successful, happy adults. The good news is that confidence can be cultivated from an early age. Unfortunately, it can sometimes feel challenging, especially if your child is shy or introverted. That said, finding ways to boost your child’s self-esteem is key for children who are faced with high-pressure situations, like standardized tests or the first day of school.
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So, how can you help your child have strong self-esteem, so they thrive in school and into adulthood? Here are five simple strategies:

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Is Your Child Smartphone Savvy?

How to help your child appreciate and respect smartphones

Smartphones are everywhere. They appear in classrooms, at home, and at the grocery store. We rely on them for everyday activities, like checking our bank account, looking up recipes, and connecting with old friends on Facebook.
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It’s no wonder our children are interested in having their very own smartphone, and giving them access to one is a great way to encourage learning. Many smartphone games are geared for children and are educational, and even simple apps (such as the calculator) can be used to promote critical thinking in day-to-day situations.

But how do you give your child access to this technology in a safe, secure way? You can’t police them all the time – they need to learn to appreciate and respect smartphones on their own. Continue reading “Is Your Child Smartphone Savvy?”

Math: How Teachers are Teaching

Math instruction has transformed over the years, moving away from rote memorization and formula-based problem solving and to (the much more effective) critical thinking and number sense. This might be different from the way you were taught, but you can still support your child at home. A few basic numeracy skills will go a long way, so you can help your child with greater confidence. These skills will help form a strong math foundation, so your child can be successful in math at school. Continue reading “Math: How Teachers are Teaching”

Tips to Improve Your Child’s School Success

Setting your child up for success doesn’t have to be difficult. A few simple action items can go a long way. Being present is key, whether it’s reviewing your child’s homework and schedule, or making sure you’re up-to-date on emails from the teacher (and sending them questions you have!). If there’s a parent portal available, make sure you use it. Helping your child get organized at the beginning of the year, and checking in with their system periodically, can also be a big help. Make it a fun project, finding notebooks, planners, and calendars your child is drawn to.

Finally, nurture your child’s education by promoting a growth mindset. Remind them that mistakes are okay, and a part of the learning process. Help them take care of themselves emotionally and physically, providing appropriate praise and making sure they (and you!) get plenty of rest.

 

Tips for Surviving AP Exams

Each May, Advanced Placement (AP) exams are taken by students all over the world. These standardized exams are designed to measure how well students have mastered the content and skills taught through the course. A qualifying score could potentially earn the student college credit, testing them out of the corresponding college-level course.

But what, exactly, are Advanced Placement exams, and how can you best prepare for them? Continue reading “Tips for Surviving AP Exams”