This Core Skill is all about a child’s ability to think about and make sense of the world around them. This includes observing, investigating, imitating, and thinking critically.
Educators can support these skills by providing opportunities for children to explore, experiment, and solve problems.
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Explore ways you can support young children's thinking skills
Imitation and Symbolic Representation
Model and scaffold the use of symbols, props, and roles – all foundational pieces of pretend play.
Help children explore, investigate, and be curious about the world around them.
Encourage children to observe, analyze, experiment, and make predictions.
Support the thinking process by encouraging children to explain, discuss, and justify their ideas.
Problem-Solving with Tasks
Give children the right amount of challenge and support to solve problems on their own.