At home, prompt your kid to answer questions such as “How exactly does X cause climate change? ” To answer, they’ll need to go beyond the bare facts and really think about a subject.
” — which is too big for anyone to wrap their mind around — ask “How could we address and solve cause X of climate change?
” Answering this question will require kids to synthesize their knowledge. You can start this project any time on any topic; you don’t have to be an expert on what your kids are studying.
Part of critical thinking is being discerning about terms, if only because the language we use affects the way we think.
Obviously, this applies to more than just prompts–you could create an entire lesson on word choice and thought in the construction of essays.