Making inferences is known to be the steps in reasoning, taking facts, and coming to conclusions, or best described as reading between the lines. Whichever way you decide to define inference, it is a necessary skill to have through education and life. Our goal with this post is to show you why it’s imperative to begin early and how to apply it to your child’s homeschool lessons.
Making inferences might seem like a natural progression in maturity from an adult perspective, and in a way, it is, but young minds have a difficult time grasping the reasonings in the way of the world. This is especially true of social situations. If you begin to implement simple lessons now, they will be more able to comprehend the nuances of everyday life.
Age Four to Six
These are the years where children take in the mood of a room, feel the atmosphere naturally, and use visual clues to try to understand their surroundings. Their minds work fervently with their natural need to feel objects to comprehend things, which helps bring information full circle. At this stage, it’s important to use pictures with simple discussions about social interactions and everyday activities.
Age Seven to Nine
Children this age are trying to work their brains from being a young kid to a big kid. The idea of getting older may scare them! Being a little kid is fun, has little to no responsibility, and keeps them in a world of imaginative fun and play. Growing and learning to do complex reading and math can provide emotional difficulties. This is why it’s important to continue the same activities as above while slowly introducing more complex discussions revolving around social interactions, literature, and history.
Dictionary of Idioms
Age Ten to Thirteen
Your child is no longer a child yet still a child (you know what I mean). It’s scary for you, but it is much scarier time for them. They need a lot of love, reassurance, and direction. They want their own space and time for friends and are learning to become more independent.
Inference Jones from Critical Thinking Co.
How is your child with reading between the lines? Do you find it difficult to implement inference during your homeschool lessons?
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