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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
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. Click Here
So, how can you help your child have strong self-esteem, so they thrive in school and into adulthood? Here are five simple strategies:
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. Click Here
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.
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”
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.
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.
It’s a familiar scenario for parents: your child is struggling with a school subject, or you decide they need additional enrichment. Given your own busy schedule, you find that an outside tutor is your best option.
Once the decision to hire a tutor is made, you have to actually find one. If you’ve never gone through the process before, it can quickly become both overwhelming and confusing. There are so many considerations: What qualifications should you look for? What makes a good tutor? Will my child and the tutor get along? What if I make the wrong choice?
Is your child frustrated with common core math or lacks attention and focus in school? Critical thinking skills can help. On February 9th the first parent training video will be released but you must be registered to receive the notifications. I’ll explain the “what” and “why” of critical thinking including it’s potential for academic motivation in preschoolers, struggling students and gifted learners.
Then we’ll review assumptions that prevent parents from fostering (and children from gaining) “good thinking” experiences, and the impacts of these pitfalls on a child’s ability to focus. build their attention span to develop strong reading skills and math number sense.
The last video will give you some quick & easy tips to implement into your already (time-strapped) busy schedule. If you are interested in this training, just click here to you’ll be signed up to be notified when the videos are ready.
Many parents and teachers dread their child asking this question, and it can be an intimidating one to answer. If disregarded, it can allow the child to internalize a negative self-belief. If approached with care and consideration, it can become a powerful, teachable moment and lead to valuable dialogue. As a result, the child can learn how to not only think of themselves in a more positive light, but also how to think critically about how they learn. Continue reading “How do you respond when your child asks: “Am I Stupid?””