They help students see patterns and the relationship between parts and the whole.
Critical thinking has been the subject of much debate and thought since the time of early Greek philosophers such as Plato and Socrates and has continued to be a subject of discussion into the modern age, for example the ability to recognise fake news.
Critical thinking might be described as the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking.
It could be a STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) activity, where your child is tasked with building a new machine for a specific purpose, like creating a roller coaster for a new amusement park. They encourage them to apply their knowledge and synthesize their learning, engaging critical thinking.
You might think of art as just painting and drawing, but this is just a starting point.
Here, 19-yearold Dustin poses for a Senior picture. She was thrilled to see our "Mark Kistler Draw Squad" book.
He's used Sonlight Cores A through 530 in his twelve years of Sonlight. The boys were thrilled to have their "grammy" teach them a few art lessons from the book.
A great way for students to really show what they know is by giving them the opportunity to create something new.
This could be a literacy-based activity, like creating their own comic book.
Ask your child to form an opinion on each issue and back up their opinion with at least three solid reasons or examples.
This will teach your child to really think about their thinking and decide why they have the opinion that they do.