How do children develop thinking and learning skills?
Children learn through doing and playing, which builds their brain
These connections are called neutral pathways. This is why
it’s important for children to repeat what they learn. This way the neutral
pathways become stronger. So, how do children develop thinking and
Children are constantly learning new skills at their own pace. They go
through different stages of development. Once children learn the basics of
one area, it is easier for them to expand on that area, building upon their
How children develop thinking and learning skills:
There is certainly no one-size-fits-all with learning. This is why it is useful
to teach children in different ways. Some may be auditory learners, who
learn best when there is music playing or background noise. While others
may learn by doing, remembering more through a hands-on approach.
Teaching children that there are different methods of processing
information will help each individual to grasp it in their own way.
Encourage your child to be curious and explore new ways of thinking. Try
to ask them how they reached a certain conclusion by asking “why?”
Similarly, get your child to go beyond “what?” and instead question
“why?” and “how?” This will open up a new discussion and let them
actively think about what they are asking. It is also worth teaching your
child that it is okay to agree and disagree with things. If they don’t
understand or support someone’s statement, let them know that they can
ask more about it. Then they can form their own opinion on the subject
and provide a reason for thinking this way.
Thinking critically about information and scenarios children are presented
with will help them come to their own conclusions. This way of thinking
requires a lot of thought and analysis. It will encourage children to think
for themselves and challenge things more.