Children’s questions play an important role in mental development. When children encounter a problem with their current knowledge state asking a question allows them to get targeted information exactly when they need it. This information is available to them when they are particularly interested to it. The ability to ask questions is a powerful tool that allows children to gather information they need in order to learn about the world and solve problems in it. Their curiosity about the world around them helps to build concepts, skills, vocabulary, and understanding of the unknown. As parents, teachers and guardians we can help channel their curiosity and need to know why so that we help foster learning in a positive way.
So, how do we support our young children’s need to know? We need to love the questions. Kid’s study questions should be less like a chore and more like police investigations. Together with the children we need investigate these questions and come up with a solution. Like police investigators the most important and first step is to have a plan. Designate a specific time frame for the exercise to be completed. Creating a regular routine will increase productivity. For instance if your child asked you why a certain educational concept is the way it is agree to set a time frame with your child in order to go through the concept and come up with an answer. It is important to be active in your kid’s education. Keep yourself up to date on their grades, homework assignments, and overall progress.
The minute we have set the proper time we need to provide a quiet and well-lit location. Create a spacious work area and all necessary items to complete the assignment. Preparation is half the battle.
Just like a police investigators we need to concentrate in order to get to the bottom of the concept. Our homes are filled with distractions such as televisions, cell phones, and video games just to name a few. The use of these items should not be allowed during your guidance session. The mind should be focused on the task at hand.
For instance if a child asked you an academic science question; why can’t I see the moon during the day? We have the option of saying that it’s because it appears at night. But as good investigators we need to love the question. We need to make this question enjoyable to the child and do investigation with them in order to find out. To answer this one can take time in the evening with your child and show them that the moon is the brightest object in the night sky. Explain that it travels in a circle around the earth. The moon looks bright at night because of light from the sun reflecting off the moon’s surface. The sun always lights up half of the moon.
Always show support and give encouragement. This can be done by asking them questions on what they learnt the previous day. Reward strong effort as well as results. We want our children to always give their best and help them improve in their academic performance. By challenging the curiosity of our children we can not only ignite it but sustain it as well.
Written by Sheila K