Why Do Children Ask, “Why?”
5 Ways to Encourage Your Child’s Curiosity
-Rebecca A. Palacios, Ph.D.
Thursday, Jun. 9, 2016 7:57:13 AM America/Los Angeles
Have you ever wondered why children ask “why” so often? For children, “why” questions help them make sense of the world around them.
What can we do at home to foster children’s questioning abilities and support their learning?
Read below to find out!
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Encourage “why” questions! Respond in a supportive way by giving an informative answer or even another “why” question to get your child thinking.
If your child asks why it rains, you can say, “Great question! It rains because the clouds have moisture in them, and when they get full, it rains.” Or, you can say, “Great question! Why do you think it rains?”
Ask a lot of “why” questions yourself to show that learning is a lifelong skill.
Read books to your child that contain many questions.
Post a page on the refrigerator or in your child’s room with the answers to “why” questions he or she has asked.
Learn about higher-order questions and why they are important to children’s learning.
Children’s innate curiosity about the world around them builds concepts, skills, vocabulary, and an understanding of the unknown. Adults can help channel children’s need to know “why” in positive ways to get them learning more about the world around them!
“ My kids love the integrated science content. The new lesson path is very motivating to them. They want to do their lessons because they are curious about what the next environment will be! ”
– Mother of three children
Rebecca A. Palacios, Ph.D., is a Senior Curriculum Advisor for Age of Learning, Inc., the company that produces the ABCmouse.com website and ABCmouse mobile apps.