Watch how the child solves a complex problem.
Present a toy or situation where the child needs to solve a problem. This can be an unfamiliar puzzle or complicated cause-and-effect toy or a situation like setting up an obstacle course in the living room.
The child talks about what he is thinking and planning. This is a common characteristic of children as they process thinking and language simultaneously.
Encourage early childhood educators and parents to model talking through a problem. Also ask the child, “Tell me what you are thinking.”
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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