Children who understand the concept of cause and effect are more likely to think critically, engage in relationships more appropriately, and better understand outcomes of a situation. Using cause and effect language will help bring awareness to our thoughts and how they connect with our actions and behaviors. In order to teach our kids the cause and effect concept, we must the concept and practice the language ourselves.
- Cause: The reason why something happened.
- Effect: The result of what happened.
Examples of cause and effect sentences:
- “When I start to feel stress, I stop and take a few deep breaths to calm down.”
- “I have energy because I had a good night’s rest.”
- “If I don’t drink enough water, then I will become dehydrated.”
Be sure to use signal words that help identify cause and effect such as so, because, therefore, then, and how.