Posted on 09/22/2014 at 10:11 AM by Liz Determan

Problem solving and reasoning are important in both literacy and mathematics.  To support children’s problem solving and reasoning consider the following recommendations:

  1. Facilitate children’s play – support exploratory play with challenging and varied materials. Encourage children to talk about what they are seeing or doing.
  2. Help children to understand the difference between guessing and knowing – assist children with simple experiments where they make a prediction and then test it.
  3. Foster categorization skills – provide lots of materials to compare and sort by a variety of attributes.
  4. Encourage children to think before answering – learn to “freeze” and then think about the best answer.
  5. Model and promote scientific reasoning using the language of problem solving – demonstrate good habits of problem solvers.
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