Learning to think “outside the box” or even think of more than one way to do something can be very difficult for some children. Often it’s a fact of their development, being egotistical and the center of their own universe. But as kids get older, they are expected to be able to blend other people’s feelings and ideas into their own to
create a new idea, fix a problem or accept an issue. Some kids find this extremely difficult and think that their idea is the only correct one. Hence the need to teach our kids to be flexible thinkers, not just in problem solving, but in how they respond to their parents, their teachers and their friends. Because of what many children may
be accustomed to, we need to directly teach this way of thinking. It can take some time and some practice. Using the terminology of being “flexible” versus being a “rock” thinker, makes this strategy more concrete and understandable for children. Also, if we make it fun, and practice outside of the times that a child is a “rock” thinker, we tend to have better results and engage the child more. The time to learn and practice these skills is not during a time that your student is a “rock” thinker. That comes later. First introduce the concepts. Have fun with them. Role play them, do some exercises. Then remember to pre-teach the concepts before a time known to produce “rock” thinkers. It would be something like this, “Remember to be flexible thinker. To do this we can put positive thoughts in our thought bubbles and say, “yes” and try new things”! In my experience, kids love the concept and are abled to be empowered with a little patience and some practice. This product includes 2 activities to check for comprehension and reinforcement.