Fostering Thinking SkillsWhat are thinking skills?
Thinking skills are the abilities to get a motivation breakthrough by using reasoning to solve and enjoy an unknown problem when it is encountered. Children would say “Oh, that’s it, I get it” when they find the clues to solve problems; in order to cultivate thinking skills, it is necessary for children to accumulate such “moments of understanding” Such experience will bring them great satisfactions in thinking, and make them enjoy thinking voluntarily.
Teaching Materials to Foster Thinking Skills
Nazo Paper – Thinking skills to be fostered by the age of 10
Nazo Paper is a teaching material for cultivating thinking skills and for being a fan of thinking. Because it is in the early childhood, we deal with parts where children can develop,; they are, mainly “spatial awareness”, “two-dimensional figures”, “trial and error”, “logic” and “discovery”. For example, there are problems like riddles that children can solve with enjoyment.Through these problems, we aim to cultivate the ability to break through the "barrier of thinking". Our books in the “Mathematical Brain Puzzles Nazope” series have sold a total of over 500,000 copies, and they have been popular among many families.
“Think!Think!” -– Improving thinking ability using digital learning material
Think!Think! is an application developed from Nazo Paper in order to train the ability of imagination with a full use of digital tools. It is a rapidly growing educational app that over 400,000 users currently in more than 50 countries around the world have downloaded it. Moreover, Think!Think!, has received app awards from Google in Japan and overseas.In fact, Think!Think! provides a curriculum that prioritizes working on certain areas, especially “spatial awareness” and “two-dimensional figures”. It is said that human beings could only get great improvement in these two abilities until 10 years old, while these two abilities will serve as the base to solve all problems through “trial and error”.