Why do they keep asking them?
Be encouraged, research suggests that children can ask around 200 to 300 questions a day. Parents are some of the most quizzed people. Asking questions is part of learning and it is what children do naturally. Children learn something new, get curious and then continue to add a little more information with each new discovery – learning is a lifelong endeavour, we firstly learn a little about something which then opens up opportunities to learn more.Every time your child asks a question their learning grows.
Be encouraged – asking questions is part of the development of a child’s thinking skills – effective problem solvers know how to ask questions in order to fill gaps between what they know and what they don’t know. Posing questions is the beginning of exploring and testing ideas and solutions. These are the skills for the future.
Be encouraged – asking questions also gives our children the opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills. It’s important to not simply accept things as they are presented. We want our children to analyse what is presented either in the books they read or see on TV or the internet. Questioning helps your child think through what they read or see. It helps them to distinguish between fact and fiction, between entertainment and advertising messages.
Be encouraged – you can extend their learning and thinking skills by responding to their ‘Why’ questions that help give them more information and build on their knowledge. You can support the development of their higher order thinking skills by encouraging open ended questions through conversation. Asking open ended questions that don’t have the right answer gives children confidence to respond in creative ways without being afraid of being ‘wrong’. After reading a book together, you might ask questions such as: ‘If you were the character, what would you have done?’
Here are some other open ended questions you can use:
When reading a book:
1. What do you think might happen next?
2. Why did he/she act that way?
When you are visiting another place:
1. How is this place similar to or different from ………..?
When making a decision:
1. What do you think a solution might be?
2. How do you imagine ……..would look?
3. Why did you decide to choose…..over……..?
4. How would you rank those options?
Be encouraged - questions grow our children’s thinking skills and development.
Mrs Ruth Brown, Master Ed (Admin), B Ed, Dip Teaching
Cedars Christian College