Critical thinking skills necessary for success in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and standardized tests are taught and practiced in second grade. The engaging, highly-effective practice sessions are developmentally sequenced. Each skill is presented first in the semi-concrete figural-spatial form and then in the abstract verbal form. Students also learn essential academic vocabulary, concepts, and abilities as they analyze relationships between objects, between words, and between objects and words by:
- Observing, recognizing, and describing characteristics
- Distinguishing similarities and differences
- Identifying and completing sequences, classifications, and analogies
These processes help students develop superior thinking and communication skills that lead to more in-depth content learning in all subjects.