Have you ever noticed that children love asking questions? Children learn a lot and develop from the environment that surrounds them and will often ask questions about the things they have observed. Asking questions is a great way for children to learn. In an educational establishment like our preschool and daycare in Astoria, New York, we encourage children to explore their environment, be curious, and ask questions.
From us here at The Day School of Astoria, here are a few things parents can do the help encourage their children to ask more questions:
- Allow them to explore their environment
Children ask questions because they are curious. Promote this curiosity by allowing them to explore their environment or take them to new places. When children explore, they discover new things and when they discover new things they do not understand, these prompts them to ask questions to gain an understanding. In places like our universal pre k in New York, playtime presents children with a great opportunity to explore.
- Encourage them by asking them questions too
To encourage your child to ask more questions, it is important that you also promote their curiosity. You can do this by also asking them questions, as this often leads to the child asking questions back especially when they cannot find an answer to the question or have trouble understanding it.
- Try your best to always entertain their questions
When a child gets an answer to their question, they gain a new understanding of the world around them. This can feel very rewarding to them. By entertaining their questions, you are teaching them that the easiest way to find an answer is to first ask a question. Most daycares like our Astoria daycare in New York incorporate activities that encourage asking questions such as playtime, group activities, storytelling, and many more.