5 Skills Every Child Should Develop Early

Monday - November 03, 2014

In school and at home, it's vital for children to develop these skills early.

 

Education is a lifelong process, but children who have a solid, early head start tend to fare better as they get through high school and college. While it’s important to focus on subjects like science and math, there are certain fundamental skills that can be applied to almost any subject, and those are the skills most important to develop early on.

Work with your child to develop these five critical skills:

1.       Reading. Reading might be a hard habit to cultivate, but a child who enjoys reading every day will have a far easier time in almost every subject—reading is required in almost every class they’ll ever take.

2.       Critical thinking. Critical thinking helps a child see things in more than just black and white terms; it allows him/her to think outside the box, and attempt to find alternative ways to solve a problem. Developing critical thinking will help your child ask questions and be naturally curious about his/her environment.

3.       Application. Textbook knowledge doesn’t mean much if it always stays confined to textbooks. Help your child find new, exciting ways to apply any new knowledge to real-world situations. It’s a habit and a skill that should extend throughout his/her education career.

4.       Independence. It’s not a skill directly tied to academic learning, but independence is an incredibly valuable skill to establish early on. Independent children will work hard on their own to solve problems, and will have more confidence in adulthood.

5.       Collaboration. While independence is important, it’s also important that your child learns to work with others productively and amiably. Set up play dates and allow your child to develop his/her social identity.

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Education is a lifelong process, but children who have a solid, early head start tend to fare better as they get through high school and college. While it’s important to focus on subjects like science and math, there are certain fundamental skills that can be applied to almost any subject, and those are the skills most important to develop early on.

Work with your child to develop these five critical skills:

1.       Reading. Reading might be a hard habit to cultivate, but a child who enjoys reading every day will have a far easier time in almost every subject—reading is required in almost every class they’ll ever take.

2.       Critical thinking. Critical thinking helps a child see things in more than just black and white terms; it allows him/her to think outside the box, and attempt to find alternative ways to solve a problem. Developing critical thinking will help your child ask questions and be naturally curious about his/her environment.

3.       Application. Textbook knowledge doesn’t mean much if it always stays confined to textbooks. Help your child find new, exciting ways to apply any new knowledge to real-world situations. It’s a habit and a skill that should extend throughout his/her education career.

4.       Independence. It’s not a skill directly tied to academic learning, but independence is an incredibly valuable skill to establish early on. Independent children will work hard on their own to solve problems, and will have more confidence in adulthood.

5.       Collaboration. While independence is important, it’s also important that your child learns to work with others productively and amiably. Set up play dates and allow your child to develop his/her social identity.

Stay tuned for the latest news and tips from Columbia Academy! Be sure you like Columbia Academy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

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