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Reading, Writing and Critical Thinking

By Lily Iatridis  January 1, 2001
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Today I came across a thoughtful article by a homeschooling mom blogger on taking reading journal prompts to a deeper level. Her ideas didn’t require more writing, just more reflection before starting to write a journal entry.

 A lot of the time we only ask kids to summarize what they’ve read, which is an important critical thinking skill. But there is a huge variety of critical thinking skills kids need, and we can practice them by asking one or two more questions, as described by Belinda Letchford in her article, “Simplifying Reading Journals,” published on her Live Life With Your Kids blog.

Want to know a few key critical thinking skills to practice with your kids daily? Parents, you can work these into a casual conversation about a reading, film, current event, or just about anything:

1) Recognizing assumptions is the ability to tell the difference between information commonly accepted and proven to be true and information that is assumed to be true but without any proof or hard evidence.

2) Judging the credibility of a source is the ability to judge a source of information as believable, reliable, valid and trustworthy so it can taken seriously.

3) Inductive thinking is the ability to draw an inference based on observations that suggest something consistently, but do not give complete data.

These three critical thinking skills are particularly important for our children to develop, especially when they surf the internet, parental controls on or off. They need the tools to know what to do with the information they're bombarded with every day.

Think about it!


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