SO MANY QUESTIONS, SO FEW ANSWERS
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Hi Motherburg Readers,
This post is about something simultaneously endearing and maddening in young children. No, it’s not the amount of artwork they bring home daily from school or daycare or how quickly they grow out of their clothes. It’s about their curiosity and building time and opportunities to ask and answer questions each day.
According to Zero to Three, the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families: “Babies are born learners, with a natural curiosity to figure out how the world works. Curiosity is the desire to learn. It is an eagerness to explore, discover and figure things out. The more curious a child is, the more he learns. Nurturing your child’s curiosity is one of the most important ways you can help her become a lifelong learner.”
SOME WAYS TO DEVELOP CURIOSITY:
Here are some children’s books to support question development:
Wordless Picture Books:
The Red Balloon by A. Lamorisse,
Do You Want to Be My Friend? By Eric Carle,
Good Dog Carl by Alexandra Day
Inquisitive Picture Books
When the Leaf Blew In by Steve Metzger
Where are Maisy’s Friends? By Lucy Cousins
Where’s My Teddy? By Jez Alborough
Down Comes the Rain by Franklyn Mansfield Branley,
What’s Up What’s Down by Barbara Bash,
Growing Like Me by Anne Rockwell,
Here are some activities and games to build questions too:
Question Routines: At bedtime, talk to your children about highlights from their day. With very young children ask and answer the questions out loud (Who did you see?... Grandma visited today. She had big sunglasses on). With older children, ask them what they liked best about the day, what they didn’t like, what they’d like to do tomorrow, what they think they will dream about, etc.
As you finish this blog post, think about what questions you might ask your little ones next and try in simple ways to encourage curiosity throughout your child’s day. Thanks, as always, for reading this post! Till next time, take care. Vanessa
Vanessa D’Auria is a licensed speech-language pathologist providing home-based services Brooklyn, Queens and Midtown. For more information about Vanessa, visit speechtherapyvanessadauria.com or to ask speech/language questions, email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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