Critical Thinking for Kids: An Executive Function Skill

Executive Function Skills
Working Memory
Critical Thinking
Problem Solving
[Music starts] Pediatrician and Author
Dr. Laura Jana: Critical thinking
[Critical Thinking] requires the ability to take in
new information and determine how best to use it. Now,
you may be asking yourself
[Pediatrician and Author
Dr. Laura Jana] at what age should my child
be capable of doing this? [Children play pretend as
doctors with stethoscopes
and baby dolls.]
This typical kind of role playing is not only fun for
young children, it also helps lay the foundation for critical
thinking later in life. This young doctor doesn't know
exactly what illness her patient has, so she'll have to improvise
and react to whatever her doctor partner says. At home, you can
encourage critical thinking by asking your child
open ended questions. Kate Marshke: It's not so much
a matter of memorizing specific facts but then taking those
facts, putting them into context
[Primrose Parents
Kate & Todd Marshke] about the world around him,
whether that's at a pre-K level or as he grows at
a more global level. But really just understanding that he's a small part
of a bigger world. Dr. Laura Jana: The key to
asking open ended questions is to give your child plenty
of time and practice, figuring out how she wants
to answer, rather than just giving her the answer. [Music stops]
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