SoWashCo Young Scholars

Nurturing Potential, Sustaining Support

January 2023

Welcome to a new year!

This month, Young Scholar groups will be taking time to talk about their strengths while having fun trying out a variety of brain-teaser puzzles and activities to build creative thinking. These activities will also help us review and practice each of the four Young Scholar thinking styles: Divergent, Convergent, Visual and Evaluative.

So far this year, our newsletter has taken a closer look at Divergent, Convergent, and Visual Thinking. This month we'll be highlighting Evaluative Thinking.

This Month in Young Scholars

  • What is Evaluative Thinking?

  • Fun Ways to Practice Evaluative Thinking at Home

What is Evaluative Thinking?

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Evaluative Thinking is something we use every day whenever we make a decision. Whether we're deciding what to eat for dinner, how to dress, or any of the other many choices we make during the day, our decisions are always based on factors, or criteria, that make sense for us.

For example, when deciding how to dress, your criteria may include what clothes are clean, what type of activity will be done, or, especially in Minnesota, the weather forecast. Each of these factors helps you make the best choice based on the criteria that fits. This process of decision-making is called Evaluative Thinking.

Fun Ways to Practice Evaluative Thinking at Home

Card and logic games are great ways to practice Evaluative Thinking skills - especially when you can get your Young Scholar talking about the why behind their choices.

Below are a few fun examples that work well for Evaluative Thinking. You might also find, though, that you've already got the perfect game at home to try. In fact, just a deck of cards and your Young Scholar's favorite card game work awesome, too!


Young Scholar Access, Affirmation, Advocates

Looking for more?

Click on the image below to access online copies of

previous SoWashCo Young Scholar Parent Newsletters.

About Me


My name is Colleen Redmond, and I am honored to work as Coordinator for SoWashCo Young Scholars.

I'm a mom, a wife, small business owner, avid biker (the pedal kind), book enthusiast, and beekeeper.

I've been lucky enough to teach in South Washington County Schools for over twenty-five years and have had the incredible opportunity to be a part of the lives of so many students and families over the years.

Now, as part of Young Scholars, I have the honor of working with the amazing staff, students, and families throughout SoWashCo to implement and grow the Young Scholars program.

I am so very excited to work with and support you and your Young Scholar. I can't wait to see where the journey takes us!

Contact Information

Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions, thoughts, or needs!

Colleen Redmond