When you feel that a significant knowledge foundation has been laid, you can begin to watch for the signs and make the move to more logic, or dialectic, learning. Some things that you should consider is when your child begins to make connections, desires understanding, and has you prove why you know what you do. When you are being challenged, outside of disrespect and misbehavior, the time has come to adapt the learning to the child. You can declare that your child is officially in the logic stage. Typically, the time to begin transitioning is around the fifth and sixth grade.
Logic stage, or dialectic stage, learning involves much more than fact delivery. This is the time for understanding, questioning, and reasoning. This is the stage when learning the facts is not enough. This is the time for the mind to mature.
You will wake up one morning and be shocked. I remember the first time thinking to myself, “Holy crap my child can think!” Keep in mind that every mother will adore and dote over their child, believing that none other could be more perfect. I had none of these illusions. I was absolutely shocked that one of my children was able to communicate and argue with me. Making this transition the second time, I was a little less shocked. My second child to enter the logic stage was not the arguer. She was the connector. I remember her connecting events a few months ago to reason out why a particular war was inevitable. Albeit, the facts and conclusion were somewhat remedial, but the idea that she could connect individual events to conclude that the conflict was inevitable was amazing to me nonetheless. Sometimes it is a subtle event or conversation that will announce the change in their thinking. Sometimes, as with my first, it is a loud shout! I have haunting memories of some of those arguments. She was … expressive?
We have reached understanding maturation. The time has come to investigate, test, theorize, evaluate, analyze, and critique. This is an excellent time to start to challenge their thinking too. They will begin to form opinions, make connections, and discover relationships. Now is the time to teach them to infer, determine cause and effect, and distinguish fact from opinion.
Your child needs tools. During this stage it is very important to begin a formal/informal logic program. Visit www.criticalthinking.com … Challenge your child.
Lastly, do not forget to teach your child how to ask questions and how to find understanding.
Critical Thinking I and II