At Cranium Academy, we believe children must develop critical thinking skills at a young age. Teaching young children about analysis, interpretation, and evaluation has numerous benefits that can last a lifetime.
In addition to advanced reading and math, we offer our exclusive Cranium Explorers program featuring Montessori-type critical thinking lesson plans that cover the four scientific domains: life, earth, physical, and process science. Through Cranium Explorers, children build creativity, focus, communication, confidence, critical thinking and cognitive skills while exploring topics such as:
- Earth Science
- World Travel
Students learn about the weather and become junior meteorologists who can predict the climate using critical thinking skills. They don’t just learn about dinosaurs; they become young paleontologists embarking on journeys through time to explore what life was like in prehistoric times.
Children with strong critical thinking skills can analyze a situation, identify the problem, and find the most effective solution. For example, if they can’t reach a toy, they will find ways to get it with different strategies instead of simply giving up. This type of thinking is essential for future learning as it promotes confidence and creates a lifelong learner.
In addition, critical thinking skills make children better decision-makers. In preschool, they choose which book to read or what toys to play with, and the decision-making process can be used in their life beyond the classroom. By weighing the pros and cons and examining potential outcomes, students can make informed decisions in the future.