January, 2019, Newsletter
Jan. 7: School Resumes
Jan. 17: AM Class: Walk to Mill Pond Park
Fun Things to Do
*Head outside together and build a snowman or go sledding.
*Go for a winter walk. Collect items along the way and use them to make a winter collage.
*Visit the library and choose books together. Snuggle up at home and have fun reading.
Asking Open-Ended Questions
A questions like “What color is that block?” evokes a one-word answer. But an open-ended question, “Tell me about the blocks you are using,” encourages a child to describe the blocks or explain what she is doing. There is no right or wrong answer here.
An answer to an open-ended questions gives us a winder into what the child is thinking and feeling. And the response is sometimes wonderfully creative. In explaining or describing, children also use language more fully.
In our program, we try to think of good questions to ask children. You might her one of us say to a child,
- Tell me about your picture.
- What else can you do with the playdough?
- What could you use to make the tower stand up?
- What do you think would happen if ____?
- What is another way to ____?
When we ask open-ended questions, children reap great benefits as they think through their responses to express what they want to say. And with their answers, we find out more about what they think and feel. Give it a try next time you are talking with your child about preschool!