Because nothing grows without a seed
Think wrongly if you please, but in all cases think for yourself - Doris Lessing
We hear so many competing messages each day – which one to believe?
Last week we wrote about how much your child learns when you read to together.
Reading together gives you a wonderful opportunity to practise and develop critical thinking skills.
Asking for predictions is a great place to start before you even open the book. Feel free to offer your opinions and make predictions too. Be sure to make some mistakes!
• what do you think this book is about?
• who do you think this story is about?
As you read, ask questions about the story:
• what do you think will happen next?
• is there a better way to solve this problem?
• do you think they will be happy?
• who do you think did that?
It is important not to correct the child’s answer – it is merely a prediction. After your child has heard the story, you can discuss the predictions and why you each made them.
Share predictions about your lives together: the weather, what you will eat for dinner, what colour somebody will wear tomorrow, what time you will wake up…
Your child learns about cause and effect and that there are many ways to look at a situation.
We really do need to teach our children how to think = not what to think!