Critical Beginnings: Laying the Foundation for Critical Thinking in Early Childhood

November 06, 2023 | By Chad Siemer

At The Jupiter School, we believe that fostering critical thinking skills in young children lays the groundwork for a lifetime of learning and problem-solving. In this blog post, we explain the importance of teaching critical thinking in early childhood education.


Instilling critical thinking skills in preschoolers can have a phenomenal impact on future problem-solving abilities. From a young age, children have a keen sense of curiosity and the foundations for complex thought patterns. reports that children from ages three and up can gain and retain knowledge through intonation and gesture communication, which is widely used in preschools.

By nurturing this natural inclination for exploration, we give them tools to confidently approach challenges throughout their lives. The youngest problem solvers will be better equipped to handle conflicts, construct well-informed opinions, and adapt to new situations.

What Is Critical Thinking in Preschool?

Critical thinking in preschool is the development of cognitive abilities. For example, how to analyze situations, ask questions, solve problems, and make well-informed decisions based on gathered information. The theories behind critical thinking in early childhood education emphasize its essential role in successful development, leading to academic and social success.

Why Is Critical Thinking So Important?

While society moves toward relying on technology to problem-solve on the fly, we believe that innate skills learned early on are more valuable. Our teaching strategies promote thinking critically to deduce a solution or avoid an oncoming problem. Proactive problem-solving is essential and can be used when no technology is available.

Developing Critical Thinking Skills

Critical Thinking Games

Interactive games challenge young minds and guide them to problem-solving scenarios.

Books To Promote Questioning

Stories that encourage curiosity help children to ask “why” and “how” questions.

Skills Development Through Storytelling

Familiar stories prompt exploration of character motivations or different story endings.

Evaluating Critical Thinking Progression

We regularly assess your child’s growth by recording improvements in their reasoning abilities.

Critical Thinking and the Power of Play

Playtime is rife with opportunities to develop problem-solving skills. Tools often used for this purpose include imaginative toys, group activities involving cooperation and negotiation, games, puzzles, and tools for expanding cognitive abilities.


Laying a foundation of critical thinking in early childhood is incredibly beneficial for a lifetime of success. When facilitated through engaging activities, young children develop crucial problem-solving skills they carry into adulthood.

Learn More About Critical Thinking Development – Call Us!

The Jupiter School incorporated critical thinking development into our preschool curriculum before it was widely valued, ensuring a solid foundation for your child’s future success.

Our engaging activities and games foster a love for learning while simultaneously building blocks for critical thinking. Weaving fun and interactive lessons throughout our curriculum, we strengthen your child’s critical thinking skill set as they explore and grow.

Contact Us

At The Jupiter School, we nurture curiosity and creativity to cultivate well-rounded, confident individuals. Our dedicated educators create memorable experiences to spark imagination and encourage students to question, analyze, and problem-solve. We empower your little ones, setting them on the path to lifelong success.

To learn more about our curriculum for critical thinking development, contact us today!


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