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Free Online Video Training

In February 2017, I will be releasing a 3-part video training focusing on how parents can build critical thinking skills in children preschool through second grade.

The training will start with explaining 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 build proficient 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.

 

Cyber Security In Preschool.

Digital Dilemmas in Preschool and Beyond

Using critical thinking skills to approach cyber security and your preschooler.
With cyber-attacks inundating news reports, cyber security has been on my mind lately – especially when it comes to young children. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, so it’s the perfect time to assess your preschool child’s safety in an increasingly complex digital world. First, let’s talk about what cyber security is. Often, we think of it in terms of our passwords. Long, complex passwords that differ for each of your logins is standard (and recommended. But cyber security as a whole is more in-depth. It’s the protection of an entire ecosystem of digital data on a personal, communal, and national level. For you personally, this can mean protecting everything from your bank account to your child’s school records. Even if your children are young – say in preschool or daycare – there are steps you can take to make sure they are not being exposed to vulnerabilities.
Know where data is being stored. Academic institutions keep a record of their students. Some of these records are still following old-school paper techniques, or are housed on internal databases, but not all. In fact, it’s often more beneficial to keep student records somewhere easily accessible throughout the institution, which often means relying on an internet connection. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s a good idea to know how the data is being stored. Once you know what programs are being used, you can verify that the company creating the program has systems in place to keep the data safe.
Know where your child is spending their digital time.
Thanks to tablets and an open marketplace for app development, your child has the potential to be exposed to a mountain of digital educational resources. In many ways, this is a wonderful asset to your child’s academic growth. There are countless games designed for the sole purpose of creating a fun, educational learning environment that can be accessed anywhere. Of course, there is a flip side of the coin. Many apps, when downloaded, require access to personal information. Often within an app, users are exposed to advertisements. Taking the time to check exactly what permissions are being sought out and what is available within the app, will help keep your iPad and your child safe. Talk to your child about cyber security. It may seem like a big topic, but safety in a digital world is a reality of today’s youngest generations. Because of this, it’s crucial to teach them how to approach the Internet in a smart, critical way from an early age. This means keeping an open dialogue. Over the years, your child will be exposed to any number of digital dilemmas, whether they are exposed to cyber bullying, are contacted by someone who seems suspicious, or simply are not sure how to access information in a safe way.
Each of these issues can be tackled through critical thinking skills and an open dialogue. The Internet isn’t something to be feared, but it is something to approach with a healthy dose of caution.

Academic Boot Camp Shows Amazing Results!

Critical Thinking Boot Camp for Kids

Fall 2015 Preschool Academic Boot Camp results are in!

CTC Fall 2015 PreK Results

Student success largely attributed to parent involvement
The results of The Critical Thinking Child’s Fall 2015 Academic Boot Camp are in, and the participating students saw significant improvement.

In comparing baseline data collected at the onset of the boot camp with post-program testing, all of the participating children increased their critical thinking scores, some by as much as 150%. The vast majority of the children saw an increase of 30% – 50%. This success is being largely attributed to parent engagement and involvement in the program. Continue reading “Academic Boot Camp Shows Amazing Results!”

How do you choose the right preschool?

5 Tips: Find the best preschool for your child

How to choose the right preschool for your child

Enrolling your child in preschool can be a major transition. Trusting a stranger with their education and well-being, can be intimidating. Even worse, parents have so many options and face pressure to find the perfect fit.

It’s hard, but you don’t have to worry. With the right approach, you will find the best possible place for your child to learn and grow. There are some simple things you can do to cut down on the stress and make the process easier.

Tip #1: Start your preschool search early

You want time to evaluate all your options, and you don’t want to feel rushed into making a hasty decision. Continue reading “How do you choose the right preschool?”

5 Misconceptions Preschool Parents Make About Academic Assessments

As a parent, you want to help your child succeed. We know exactly how you feel: we’re parents, too. Thinking ahead to Kindergarten there can be a lot of pressure to ensure your child is properly prepared.

Let us help you with our academic assessments, which are designed to take the chance out of education. We will show you the exact areas where you can best help your child. No more running around for resources. No more stressing over whether you’re teaching the “right” concept. Continue reading “5 Misconceptions Preschool Parents Make About Academic Assessments”

Innovative Preschool Learning Tools from The Critical Thinking Child

The Critical Thinking Child Parent Mastermind

There are so many amazing innovations happening in the education sector. We are creating learning tools in order to build a solid foundation for scholastic success. This new partnership with aid delivering quality educational resources to children aged 3-6. We couldn’t be more excited. Also don’t forget to come to our Parents of Preschoolers Parent Mastermind that will be taking place at the Oakbrook Center, Microsoft store. That’s not until May, but we’ll be posting all of our upcoming workshops, lectures, and readings so stay tuned! Take a look and see how you can incorporate this amazing tool into your child’s education.