As the end of the academic year has drawn to a close, and the long holidays stretch ahead, many parents have started to ask what they can do with their children over the long break to keep them active, thinking, creative etc?
There are, of course, many engagements that you can do with your children; cooking and shopping which are great for language and maths; Lego blocks and construction for fine and gross motor skills as well as painting and crafts; puzzles and riddles to keep the brain ticking over and of course developing a love of reading. But, one of the easiest (not to mention, cheapest) ways of engaging the students over the holidays is to ask them questions; to make them think, reflect, analyse, compare, contrast, evaluate, predict, the list goes on. All of these higher order thinking skills can be covered by asking questions.
The questions don’t even need to be difficult complex questions, 5 of the most powerful questions are:
- What do you think?
- Why do you think that?
- How do you know?
- What else can you tell me?
- What other questions do you have / want to know?
This short article gives an overview of the power questioning. Enjoy!
Contributed by: Jill Shadbolt
Primary Years Coordinator