Verbal reasoning is associated with the ability to understand, collect and analyse information in verbal form. This cognitive skill is essential for effective communication and decision making. Despite its importance for everyday life, verbal reasoning is rarely taught at school. Children are expected to acquire these skills naturally, through a range of educational and entertaining activities. However, sometimes children fail to do so and require additional help.
How to help children develop verbal reasoning skills?
Many parents wonder how they can help to improve their child's verbal reasoning skills. The obvious answer is to practice. There are many ways to work with your child to develop verbal reasoning, and here are some of them:
- Reading is the number one tip for developing strong verbal reasoning skills. Encourage your child to read. The more they read the better. If your child refuses to read books, encourage him or her to read comics or magazines. Reading improves both vocabulary and background knowledge.
- To improve reading comprehension, engage your child in post-reading tasks; encourage making notes and ask questions, discuss the texts after reading them.
- Ask questions, such as ““What would you do if…”, “What would happen if …”, “Why is this happening?”, “What happens when...?”, etc. Don't accept "I don't know" as an answer. Encourage your child to predict, justify and make suggestions.
- Play word games such as Scrabble or Hangman. In addition to increasing vocabulary, these games help improve critical thinking and develop problem solving skills.
- Do crosswords, anagrams, and word searches. These activities help improve spelling and increase vocabulary.
- Play other linguistics games, like “Spot the odd word out” and “Find synonyms/antonyms”.
- To develop sequencing skills, give the child a list of random words and ask to arrange them into a meaningful sentence. If your child cannot read, use pictures to create a visual story.
- Encourage your child to write creative stories.
If you find it difficult to motivate or engage your child, you can always find an experienced verbal reasoning tutor. For example, Bigfoot Tutors can find an approach that works for every child and tailor their lessons to ensure that each child benefits from the studying. With our tutors, even the least motivated children find the lessons enjoyable and achieve success.