Rational thinking – a skill for young minds

Learning is a tendency. Thinking is a skill.

Learning begins at birth. Thought begins with practice.
Learning promises growth. Thought promises to live.

Using children’s learning abilities from day one can help them become rational thinkers. In fact, the child’s natural curiosity forms the basis for the development of these life skills.

What is rational thinking?

Rational thinking is a process. It refers to the ability to think logically. It includes the ability to draw the right conclusions from facts, logic and data.

Simply put, if your thoughts are based on facts, not emotions, it is called rational thinking.
Rational thinking focuses on solving problems and achieving goals. It is largely developed with regular practice.
This concept requires different skill sets in different situations and is based on some essential parameters such as developing approaches, making connections and communicating ideas.

Why is it important to develop rational thinking in children?

It is often said that rational thought is the key to a child’s unbroken existence. It not only helps in the holistic development and character development of children but is also essential for solving problems. Rational thinking is considered a stepping stone to success, especially at a young age.

Rational thinking is done in such a high context because:

  • It enhances analytical power
    This disciple has a great role in improving the vision of children. This increases their ability to understand things more easily and absorb them more quickly. This increases their brain power and helps them become more logical and reasonable people.
  • Helps to form personal opinions
    Rational thinking is the process of thinking, accessing, managing, and analyzing relevant information and then reaching a systematic conclusion. Through this process, children can sort out different ideas, choose the aspects they like, and express their opinions with more confidence.
    This helps them gain respect and attention from the community, enables them to excel academically, and helps them to align themselves with the demands of the rapidly changing times.
  • It enhances insight and intellect
    Rational thinking encourages young minds to intelligently observe, think, and question. This technique helps children to understand situations and problems more holistically. It enables them to be prepared for both the best and the worst, by expanding the results they can think of. This is an important attribute that makes them suitable for survival in the outside world.

How can rational thinking be promoted in schools and used to develop young minds?

It is not surprising that rational thinking has now become an inevitable part of the ever-evolving elementary education system. Research says that by carefully planning classroom experiences, it is possible to train young minds to practice the art of developing logic and reasoning skills. It can help them make better decisions in life.

Here are some logical thinking exercises for kids

  • Challenges to Think – Offer a range of intriguing manipulations. Ask them to classify objects, compare quantities, and create personal perceptions by exploring concepts from multiple perspectives.
  • Open Questions – Give children the opportunity to apply what they have learned, think about different situations, think at their feet, solve problems and boost their self-esteem.
  • Different learning styles – Give kids plenty of random content to explore. See if they like to watch an activity or ask questions and help them strike a balance between the two.
  • Decision making – To help children apply knowledge and evaluate solutions, encourage them to weigh the pros and cons and choose the ideas that work best for them.
  • Brainstorming – An excellent learning tool, this serious thinking exercise can give birth to more creativity, better imagination and original thinking. This can lead to academic and constructive inventions in life.

Contrary to popular belief, not all ideas are rational. It is important to adopt the right techniques that will prepare children to face the challenges of living in a diverse, complex world.

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About the author

Author: Rohan Parikh

Rohan Parikh holds a BSc in Economics from Wharton Business School, an MBA from INSEAD and more than 10 years of experience in the real estate and hospitality industries.

In 2013, Shri. Parikh entered the field of education by founding the Green Acres Academy in Chembur and also obtained a postgraduate degree in education from Johns Hopkins University.

Their aim is to provide affordable but holistic and holistic education by accepting the latest research in teaching and learning techniques in the Indian context. Launched as a campus of Green Acres Academy at Chembur, Mumbai, it has grown to a total of 3 campuses in Mumbai and Pune, as well as the latest Seven Rivers International School.
(IGCSE affiliated schools).

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