Children usually ask a lot of questions. From the moment they learn how to communicate, they start asking questions about the world that is so vast and amazing to them. If they get a proper response, these questions can even spark great conversations. It is a well-known fact that during the early years, children learn everything. Therefore, if taught how to communicate and comprehend a conversation properly, you are helping your child or your student for their later life.
Why do children ask questions?
Rule #1: Make Sure You Understand the Question:
As the whole reason behind answering the questions of a Blossoms Montessori student is to make them feel confident and to satisfy their thirst for knowledge, so to achieve that you must know what the student is inquisitive about. If you do not pay attention to what they are curious about, you might extinguish their thirst for knowledge.
Therefore, first, inquire from them what they want to know. This will encourage them to ask about other things from you.
Rule #2: Just Enough Information:
One important thing to know is, if you do not give a satisfactory answer, the student might not ask you again. Or worse, you might accidentally make them feel ignorant. The students of Blossoms Montessori are at a curious yet observing stage of their age. Therefore, giving too much or too little information can be harmful to their fresh minds. Give them just enough information that their minds can handle at that particular time.
Rule #3: Talk to Children Respectfully:
As mentioned above, Blossoms Montessori students are at a very observing age. Therefore, if you are condescending or they sense any discouragement on your part during the conversation, it might damage their self-esteem apart from shying from asking questions again.
To them, their questions are of a lot of importance. Therefore, if dismissed as something unimportant or ignored by you, it might cause damage more than you think.
Another factor in this rule is to use proper language and be precise. This will teach them to be precise, as well.
Rule #4: Encourage their Observation:
A good conversation with a child can be very fruitful for them. Even though a child of that age does not know how to use big reference books or knowledgeable websites, you can still encourage the child to think, observe and be creative. These tools will take them very forward in life.
Ask them what they think about a certain topic. This way, they would not only implore their own question but try to explore the world on their own as well.
The truth is, sometimes the questions children ask seem annoying and hard to answer. Despite this, make sure you answer them properly as this is an important part of their learning process.
I love that you talked about how fruitful it would be for the kids to have a good conversation with them. I make sure that I talk to my daughter a lot in a normal way to help her learn to communicate well. And I hope that I find a preschool with that kind of philosophy as well so that my child will have trouble with her social skills which is as important as her learning.
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