Saturday, October 23, 2010

Thinking skills

Several researches have revealed that within the first few weeks of life, babies become active learners. They get busy understanding their world and achieving milestones by their ability to think and perceive. Whether thinking skills can be taught or not, is debatable, but there is no doubt about the fact, that thinking skills are learned by each one of us, daily. What are thinking skills? It is a procedure of building a well thought-out sequence of connective dealings between objects of supposed information. What can be the various thinking skills? Thinking skills include learning, understanding, analyzing, and recollection of information or action. The ability to think clearly and logically, is perhaps the most valuable skill that we can teach our kids.

Every parent have their methods of helping their children grow. The Do’s and Don’ts to help your little one develop her thinking skills can be;


Encourage questions.

Use your mother tongue to convey and explain.

Respect your child's observations, even if they are partially correct.

Keep your questions short and direct.

Use a multi sensory teaching approach. T.V, computer, books, toys as well as play dough and clay can be great learning aids.


At times, children have a tendency to ask for help and support even for minor things. At such times, restrain yourself from providing immediate solutions. Instead, encourage them to think and solve the problem on their own.

A beautiful story to share

The Butterfly
By: Author Unknown

A man found a cocoon for a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared, he sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through the little hole.

Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and could go no farther. Then the man decided to help the butterfly.

He took a pair of scissors and snipped the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily.

Something was strange. The butterfly had a swollen body and shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.

Neither happened. In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and deformed wings. It was never able to fly.

What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand, was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the small opening of the cocoon are God's way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life.

If God allowed us to go through all our life without any obstacles, that would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been.

Not only that, we could never fly.

Teach your child to fly, not with your wings, but of his own.

Take Care.

1 comment:

  1. I love that you emphasize how important it is to listen, respect and to appreciate the child’s own efforts Great post!