Questions to Increase Critical Thinking Skills and Discernment


Thursday, October 7, 2010

These are questions that I used to ask my kids when we would watch a movie.  It helps to increase their critical thinking skills. This is great for ages 8-12, since that is when they are able to start thinking abstractly.

Questions to Increase Critical Thinking Skills and Discernment:

• “Which character did you admire most? Why?”
• “Do the themes in this movie reflect reality? Do they reflect truth?”
• “How do the morals on-screen compare with the values you’ve been taught at home, in school or in church?”
• “Do you think movies like this have any effect on how close you feel to your family, friends or God? Explain.”
• “How might you imagine God reacting to this movie? Why? Would you feel comfortable if Jesus sat watching it with you?” (See Matthew 28:20)
• “Beyond God’s opinion of the movie, does the movie have an opinion of God? What is it?”
• “What would happen if you imitated the lifestyles or choices of the characters?”
• “How does it make you feel to know that, by renting this video, you are supporting the morals and ideas it’s promoting?”
• “What would you say is the main point of this movie? Do you agree or disagree with it?”

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About Professional Parenting

Wife, mother, motivational speaker, author, counselor and teacher. I have 3 adult children and a husband of 27 years. For the past 13 years I have served the youth and their parents at Liberty Church in Marietta Georgia. I loved everything about being a mom: I loved the terrible twos, and the terrifying teens, and the cake in my hair, and the spilled punch. I loved the chaos, the noise, the craziness of tons of kids. It was everything I wanted in my life. I loved that constant overwhelming feeling of someone being completely dependent on me as well as that joyful, aweful feeling of watching that same someone just 18 years later leave me and go off in the world on their own. Interests: * Christian * wife * mom * child training * pre-teens * teenagers * youth group * young girls * young women * seasoned sisters Favorite Books: * "Praying for Your Adult Children" By: Stormie Omartian * "Life on the Edge" By Dr. Dobson (Note: This was required reading for my kids when they turned 13.)
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One Response to Questions to Increase Critical Thinking Skills and Discernment

  1. Kim Halliday says:

    Great questions! My favorite is: “Beyond God’s opinion of the movie, does the movie have an opinion of God? What is it?”
    Brilliant stuff for any age Naomi, thanks!

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