Logical thinking is a skill that can be nurtured in children

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Logical thinking is a learned process in which one uses reasoning.It is a bent of mind that needs to be nurtured in children. It is less concerned with accumulating undigested facts. It is the kind of thinking process that will be required by children not only in taking competitive exams but also throughout their life and in every field of their life. Logical thinking means not to take things at their face value but to research and analyse available facts. Logical thinking can be improved through constant observation and experimentation. A logical thinker is a person who not only reacts to the stimuli, but he also creates new things and ideas. ”Trial and error“ method is very important for developing logical thinking.Trial and error method allows room for making mistakes and learning from them rather than leading an inert existence like a Wall. With trial and error method children, come to know about new relationships in old thinking. A superior logical thinker is a person who is able to find out new relationships in old things.

Means for improving logical reasoning in students:
1.CREATING SPACE FOR HANDLING REAL LIFE SITUATIONS
Logic comes through practice, it is really a skill. If children apply logic to everything then they will be automatically better at it.
Introduce small activities relating to real life situations or allow slots in your real life for your children where they have to apply logic and think .
Example situation 1:
Give them small duty to repair something that needs attention at home. Pay them for that. Let them think —
How to repair that thing?
How to manage the repair in money given to them ?
Let them answer whether repairing it themselves will be economical or outsourcing that work will will be economical.
Example Situation 2:
Allow your children to manage a small party: it may be any occasion at home eg a birthday party,
anniversary etc. Give them the budget.

Allow them to think :
What kind of menu they are going to arrange ? Does their budget allow them to arrange the kind of menu they are thinking of?
How many guests they are going to invite ? How many guests they can handle ?
How to invite?
What timings will be suitable to everybody?
What decorations need to be made?
How much crockery will be required ? Is the crockery at home enough or they need to arrange for paper plates etc.

Note: You need not guide them on what they need to think let them handle and learn by “Trial and Error” method. Don’t shorten their experiences and stop the development of their logical thinking.

2.GAMES:
Playing certain set of games also allows the improvement of logical thinking:
• Playing chess(helps improving strategy and logic)
• Doing Sudoku(logic based number placement activity)
• Brain teasers such as solving puzzles and riddles
• Doing crosswords
• Number and letter sequencing games

3.SOLVING CERTAIN SET OF QUESTIONS:
• Taking up amplitude test helps to improve logical thinking.
• Let them do problems related to premise and conclusions (i.e. which premise leads to which conclusion) , identifying correct and erroneous logical deductions, identifying hidden premises. Lot of material is available in the market in this section.
• Doing maths word problems also helps improve logical thinking.
• You can create small paragraphs on real life situations and let them answer the questions regarding it or how would they handle the situation if they were put into it.

2 thoughts on “Logical thinking is a skill that can be nurtured in children

  1. Indeed logical thinking is essential for modern child development. Our Certified Armis Instructors teach critical thinking to children around the world on a daily basis.

    Armis is a high strategy board game that is played in over 130 countries. At first glance many people think Armis is Chess, or a type of Chess, however when you compare the two games you realize that they are far apart.

    Strategy games rely primarily on a player’s mental capacity to outwit his opponent, this differs for most other games that rely primarily on luck (roll of the dice, and/or pick of a card) to win.

    Brain games are often distinguished from strategy games in that they primarily focus on what static info you know and how fast you can process it. Strategy board game are also considered brain game because they are often accompanied by lots and lots of meaningful thinking.

    Checkers, and warri (also called mancala) are perhaps the most basic of strategy board games although they are not usually referred to as strategy games. These games are played more for fun then competition so they often don’t get to enjoy the ‘strategy game’ cache. In both games all of the individual player pieces essentially have the same power, duty, and movement ability.

    The board game called “Go” is very similar to checkers and warri in the power, duty and movement ability categories, however it is often played competitively as such is called a strategy board game.

    Chess is the most well known of all strategy board games. In our opinion it rises above the previously mentioned strategy games in that it has different powers, duties, and movement abilities for various player pieces. These differences add a layer of complexity to the game.

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    Armis is designed for logical and strategic game play. With Armis it is very easy to teach children critical thinking and how to apply it to academic achievement.

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