Critical Thinking Development: Ages 5 to 9
Critical thinking must be built from a solid foundation. Although children aged five to nine are not yet ready to take on complicated reasoning or formulate detailed arguments, parents can still help their children lay a foundation for critical thinking.
In order to develop high-level critical thinking skills later in life, five- to nine-year-old children must first make progress along four different tracks: developing basic reasoning skills and interests, building self-esteem, learning emotional management skills, and internalizing social norms that value critical thinking. The individual sections will discuss the importance of these foundational aspects of critical thinking and offer parents guidance in how to support their young children’s development.