“Why” questions for kids may be quite beneficial. The purpose of WHY questions shift from conveying factual information to combining thinking and early problem-solving abilities. We must consider the scenario in the question and explain WHY we performed an activity afterward.
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Answering “why” questions can help children answer questions in class that demonstrate their knowledge and grasp of facts, help them to comprehend the world around them, explain causes for negative conduct, and potentially keep them out of trouble.
By four, most children can answer “why” questions. That’s why preschoolers are continuously asking, “Why? Why? Why?”
To demonstrate the rationale or cause of the activity, we respond to WHY questions with “because.” (For example, why are you crying? Because you are depressed.”) Here are some further examples:
To demonstrate the outcomes of the activity, we answer WHY questions with “so.” Here are some examples:
We utilize “to” to show the outcomes or cause of activity while answering WHY questions. (For example, why do we keep detergent bottles locked up? To keep babies safe.) Here are some further examples:
To begin teaching WHY questions to kids, you should ask some questions regarding current events to children. Take a piece of paper and write “why?” on one side and “because…” on the other. Show it to your kid and remind them that when you ask them “why,” they should give you a response that begins with “Because.” Then tell them they need to give you a reason. Give them some examples. “If you’re smiling and I ask, ‘Why are you smiling?’ you can respond, ‘Because I’m happy.”
Another idea is to find an activity your child likes, but ensure you will have time to communicate during the activity. Ask your child numerous “why” questions regarding his attitude while playing and assist them in coming up with an explanation. For instance, if they destroy a building, you may ask, “Why are you destroying that?” The response should begin with the word “because.”
You ought to be able to ask regarding past or recent events now that your kid can answer questions about current happenings. If your kid needs it, use the previous step’s visual assistance to help them remember to say “Because” to start their answer. Then, continue to ask “why” questions about present incidents and ask “why” questions about recent events.
You can start asking more abstract “why” questions now that your kid is responding to “why” questions concerning their activities and their reasoning. These are questions such as “why do we sleep?” and “why do we wear shoes?” They need more difficult reasoning because your kid is unlikely to have paused to consider the reasons behind them regularly. Begin asking them “why” questions about anything and attempt to assist them in finding an answer independently. This may then be turned into a hypothetical question. For instance, if a character in the book is upset about something, you may ask, “why is he upset?” After they’ve answered that, you might ask, “Why do you feel angry?”
This was our guide to teaching Why questions to kids. Don’t be concerned if your kid is reluctant to answer your questions at first. And don’t push them to respond or go on to the next one. Allowing your child to speak at their own pace demonstrates that you are truly interested in the things they have to say rather than just asking robotically.
Make sure to participate in the fun by answering these questions as well, and making it a practice to ask kids open-ended questions regularly will result in deeper talks and better relationships.