Statistics show that the stimulation of the environment in which a child grows up is a major factor affecting the occurrence, type, and frequency of questions. When children asking, they come to different knowledge about themselves and the world around them.
Have you had situations where you failed to answer your child’s question? The question, question, question … never-ending. Such questions are every day in childhood, but adults are not always concentrated and patient enough to give answers at the same moment. Such curious questions can get tired parents, especially when the answer is not yet complete and the child asks the next question. It’s a period that’s very interesting for everyone.
Why do some children have difficulty asking a question?
- They do not know how to put together words and form questions.
- They do not have the thinking ability to successfully request information.
- They don’t know how to ask questions to get the most information from their listener.
All three areas affect each other. What, where and what questions are the easiest children to understand. They are linked to the names and locations of people and things in the children’s environment. Why and how questions are the most difficult because they are based on the child’s knowledge of what causes certain events to happen. Kids get information by asking questions. Questions are the most common way of seeking information. They allow us to learn new things and ideas, satisfy our curiosity, and test how the world works. They have endless curiosity and are very bold in seeking out new information.
Answering questions is a complex language task. Kids must understand the vocabulary and the meaning of the question. They must understand that when someone asks you a question, you are expected to give an appropriate response. Different types of questions demand different types of responses.
Children who have language disorders generally do not ask many questions during everyday life. Or, if they do, the type of questions they ask is often limited. Many students with language disorders have trouble understanding questions and responding to them. Some of these students may confuse wh- questions types and give a what response to a why question, or give a how the response to a when question. Even if these students understand the type of response needed, they may lack the vocabulary, experience, or thinking skills to formulate an appropriate response.
As a parent, you can help your child to ask questions. Adults play an important role in the development of a child’s language. Asking the right types of questions can encourage linguistic “interaction”. “Interaction” is the “giving” and “taking” of information and ideas. In addition to encouraging language development, good questions can improve a child’s thinking skills.
Good questioning will require your child to organize information and solve problems.
- Give your child interesting things to do and toys to play with. They will stimulate the child to learn more about the world.
- Do everyday activities with your child. Talk about what you are doing as you do it. Ask and answer questions your child might be thinking. “What will we do next? Add the chocolate chips!” Even if you are not a mind reader, you’ll show your child how people think and how people ask questions.
- Give your full attention when your child is trying to ask you a question. Get down to your child’s eye level. After your child gets your attention, allow enough time for the question to be asked. Be patient if your child has difficulty putting thoughts into words.
- Answer your child’s questions. When you give information in response to a question, your child has been successful. Answers encourage more questions and stimulate your child’s curiosity.
- Praise your child for asking questions. If you didn’t understand the question, ask your child to repeat or show you. If you do understand let your child know.
- Repeat your child’s questions in a simple, correct way. Then answer it.
- Ask questions often to get information. This provides a model or example for your child to imitate.
What makes a question good?
A good question:
- It makes you think.
- It is one that does not have an immediate answer because it requires some thinking, feeling, and application to previous knowledge.
- Opens doors. It demands more than a yes or no answer.
- Penetrates the structure and meaning of the knowledge base to seek understanding.
Sometimes adults have no patience for the boundless issues of their children. But some answers are creative, so the conversation looks ridiculous.
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