Logical reasoning is the ability to “foresee” implications beyond decisions. Honing this skill promotes active learning, whereby the child would be encouraged to ask good questions that could aid his/her own learning. It is also a skill that helps the child get more engaged in his/her own learning process and promotes making the correct and right decisions (based on reasoning logically).
One key academic area that is related to logical reasoning is Math problem solving. Answering these problems would require the child to evaluate the outcomes and implications before making a decision.
Another key area would be reading comprehension. Answering the questions would require the ability to understand the text beyond its direct meaning. For example, “Pick out a phrase from paragraph two that shows King Wang was really sincere about helping his people”. Such question requires the child to evaluate the paragraph and logically pick out the sentence that best describes “sincerity”.
Besides reaping academic benefits, improving your child’s logical reasoning skills could also help your child be better at self-regulation. That is, being better able to handle his/her emotions and behaviours. For example, instead of throwing tantrums, your child would evaluate and think “What would happen if I throw tantrums?” “What is a more effective way of getting my point across?”
Improving this skill also helps the child be a rational thinker instead of being impulsive. With these skills, he/she would be more adept to solving complex problem solving situations calmly, which also assist the decision making process.
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