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Friday, October 26, 2007

Teaching Pre-schoolers Logical Thinking

What is Logic?
Logical Thinking Skills include classifying objects, recognising patterns, showing awareness of time and consequence, the ability to distinguish right from wrong, and make deductions based on evidence.
This skills are highly crucial to the development of a child.

Training your child in learning to make the right decision could affect the choices that he makes in life as he grows older. For eg., using logic, a child will realise that he should study for the exams instead of playing computer games when the exams are looming ahead. Thus the ability to understand action and consequence will mean choosing the most logical option of studying instead of playing.

At the pre-school age however, the child's ability to think logically is still limited. This is the age when your child is beginning to learn how to reason, but there will still be some aspect of everyday life that continues to bewilder him.

When water is transferred from a tall glass into a mug, a child will be confused as to why the amount of water appears to be lesser in the broader and shorter mug. Another example is when the parent gets irritated with the loud Whopping of small kids playing. As far as they are concerned they are having the time of their life, so why is Mum asking us to play quietly?

By teaching logic, you teach children how to think for themselves and find easier ways to sort out problems.

The ability to reason inevitably gives rise to the need to ask plenty of question. It is no wonder then, the pre-schoolers are particularly inquisitive and want to know all the whys, whats and hows. Thus its important for you to be patient with your child and be willing to explain things in simple terms so that he can understand.

Children learn better when all their senses are involved. They need to examine, touch and play with objects.

Developing logical thinking is best done with fun activities such as sing along sessions and games involving role-play.

Here are some ideas on how to encourage your child's Thinking Skills.

Supermarket Cashier - Teaches him to count objects and money.

Get artistic - Provide a large selection of crayons, pencils, markers and different kinds of coloured paper so that he is encouraged to develop his imagination and his thinking mind.

Measure up - To teach your child the concept of measurement, use pieces of string. Show your kids how to measure and compare the lengths of different objects; encourage them to think of other ways of measuring items.

Sink or float - Fill a tub with water and give your child a variety of objects to experiment with. Make it a game to see if he can predict whether the object will sink or float.

Share chores - Together, create picture charts for the chores and activities you would like your child to help out in the house. These will help him understand the concept of responsibility and cooperation.

Play pretend - The age old children's game of Doctor and Let's have tea, may be more valuable than you think. These role-playing activities help develop a thinking mind and grow a child's imagination. So give your child a chest of different clothes and accessories so that he can pretend to be a sailor, police etc.

Garden - Teach your child a little about nature by growing a green bean plant. Kids love to watch plants grow and gardening teaches consequences, responsibility and concepts about life.

Go on field trips - So that your child learns from seeing and doing first hand. Zoos, pet farms, vegetable gardens and markets are some example of fun learning trips.

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Blogger lessca01 said...

Hi - what a great page and with great content. Teaching pre-schoolers logic - I think sometimes we parents need to learn some first. I like your content and have added you to my favourites. Cheers Les

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October 29, 2007 at 11:10 PM  
Blogger Lian said...

Another thing I do to make them think is to have them answer their own questions first. They usually come up with better answers than me :)

October 31, 2007 at 3:38 PM  

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