Asking and answering questions is an important part of communication. We can learn a lot by asking questions – like how someone is feeling or what they’re thinking.
Asking your child questions helps them to feel heard and to express themselves. It can also help you understand more about how they see the world.
Make sure to give your child plenty of time to answer after asking them a question. Remember that asking several at the same time, or one after another, can be overwhelming.
Try to use open–ended questions as much as you can – these are questions that they can’t answer with a single word or yes or no. For example, when you’re sharing a book with your child try asking “I wonder what will happen next?” instead of “Do you think he’s going to hide?”
Try to ask questions at the level your child can understand. Make hard questions easier if you think they’re struggling. Remember to give them enough time to think about the answer, too.
Every child develops at a different pace, but a rough idea of different the stages can help you use questions your child will understand:
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