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21st century skills: How to Prepare our Kids for an Ever-Changing World
By Nuria Santamaría Wolfe

All parents want to prepare their kids for the future, whatever it may hold. But given how quickly the world is changing, how do we make sure we help our kids learn what they need to succeed in the 21st century? As technology continues to evolve faster and faster, new careers are created and legacy jobs are eliminated all the time. With so much uncertainty about what jobs will be available in the future, children need to be taught a set of skills that will help them succeed, no matter what the future of our technology-driven, digitally-connected, global society looks like.  

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s 2016 report New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning Through Technology, the gap between the skills kids are learning and the skills they actually need, is widening. Now more than ever, they need to learn 21st century skills. 

The term “21st century skills” refers to a set of core competencies that educators believe are critical for students to thrive. These skills include things like creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, compassion, resilience, and cultural awareness. These skills are different from traditional academic skills, which are primarily knowledge-based content.

At Encantos, we group 21st century skills in three categories:
1. Literacy: core skills & knowledge,
2. Learning: ability to solve complex problems, and
3.
Life: dispositions for approaching an ever-changing world. 

Our brands, including Canticos, Tiny Travelers, and Skeletina, were all designed with these competencies at their core. Canticos products help preschoolers develop creativity,  second language, and social-emotional and cultural awareness skills through stories and songs inspired by nursery rhymes. Tiny Travelers helps parents raise global citizens by exposing them to world cultures and building civics, cultural, environmental, and language skills. Skeletina was designed to teach kids all about grit, perseverance, and other social-emotional skills. 

 

Check out the Encantos brands which come to life through digital tools (video, audio, apps), and physical tools (books, toys, games) to support your child on his/her journey to become a 21st century citizen of the world.  

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