Find out how 21st-Century Skills like critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity can nurture our children’s minds for the future.
- The 21st-Century Skills
- Learning Skills: What Are The 4 C’s?
2.1. Critical Thinking
- 4 C’s Activities
3.1. Lingokids activities for Critical Thinking
3.2. Lingokids activities for Creativity
3.3. Lingokids activities for Communication
3.4. Lingokids activities for Collaboration
The 21st-Century Skills
21st-Century Skills are the 12 abilities or capacities that are necessary to thrive, both now and in tomorrow’s world.
They usually divide into three different groups: Learning Skills, Literacy Skills, and Life Skills. We don’t usually teach Literacy or Life Skills to toddlers or little children. They typically learn these abilities throughout primary and secondary education. Kids can start with Learning Skills. These are often referred to as the 4 C’s and, even if your children are as young as 2 years old, they can practice these skills.
How? Let’s find out.
Learning Skills: What Are The 4 C’s?
There are 4 different 21st skills for learning, or “The 4 C’s”:
- Critical thinking
21st-Century Skills: Critical Thinking
Let’s talk about critical thinking in early childhood education.
The first of our learning skills’ 4 C’s refers to the ability to analyze and evaluate information. But, what does it mean for little children? Certainly not pounding the meaning of life in a lab coat.
Critical thinking for a toddler means asking questions and encouraging curiosity. They can start with simple questions and then ask mature questions can become more and more complex. They can even question your (or any adult’s, like a teacher or grandparent) authority. When children question us, adults, we should welcome these challenges and answer everything with an open mind. Has your child ever asked you why the sky is blue or where babies come from? That’s the result of critical thinking.
How can we help our little ones to embrace their curiosity and critical thinking skills? A bit of problem-solving together will be significant when your child asks a question.
Besides, you can try a Tiny Talk: ask questions to your children to start a compelling conversation. For example, if they were a superhero, which super? That's a fair chance to get to know them and their world better, and usually, the answers are fun and cute. It will also help you to create amazing memories with them. You can see examples of #TinyTalk conversation starters on our Instagram channel, along with many other parenting tips.
21st-Century Skills: CreativityTo infinity and beyond! Nothing flies higher than a child’s creativity, which also falls under the 21st-Century skills and learning skills.
Children are naturally creative. Don't you feel a little jealous of them sometimes? Their imagination is endless, and they aren't afraid of shouting their ideas to the world like we adults sometimes are.
Creativity is like a muscle: you need to train it and use it to make it stronger. If you don't use it, you lose it! That's why the importance of creativity in the early years is so high.
Creativity is the ability to use the imagination to make or think of something new. Strengthen your children's (and your) imagination together: draw different situations and compare them, ask your kids how would they act if they were different characters... Your ideas, like their imagination, can be endless too!
21st-Century Skills: CollaborationHow would you describe the concept of "collaboration"? There are many ways to do it. Teamwork, cooperation, or working together are just some of our favorites. But explaining the meaning to a child can be difficult.
21st-Century Skills: Communication
Let's take a look at the 4th of the 4 C's: Why is communication important for children's learning? Childhood is when we lay the foundation for excellent communication skills. It will allow us to solve problems, express our emotions and connect with other people. In short, it makes us human!
How do babies start exploring communication? The first signs are gestures, facial expressions, and sounds. Later, they'll start developing their vocabulary, which will keep on building up throughout childhood. You can simply talk to them to help this development, regardless of their age.
Every little conversation you have with your child is cultivating their communication skills.