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The Magic of Open-Ended Questions in Discovering Your Child’s Adventures

May 17, 2024
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There’s been a flurry of activities across Green Leaves as the children have settled into their rhythms and rituals. Sometimes it can be tricky for your child to remember everything. Asking open-ended questions is a great way to reconnect at the end of the day!

At Green Leaves, here are some of the ways we share information about the fun things that children have been a part of throughout the day:

  • Our families receive activity and photo updates through our family communication app.
  • A snapshot of the children’s daily activities is also displayed on a whiteboard/noticeboard in their learning hubs to spark conversations.
  • Some of our centres even use a special poster known as “Car Talk”, which includes information about three key things that were explored today to help families initiate conversations and sharing.

So, what’re open-ended questions and how can they prompt more than a “yes”, or “no” answer? They’re questions that encourage reflection and an opportunity for children to articulate their thoughts. It gives children a chance to communicate their experiences in their own words. Remember to provide enough time for your child to consider and respond to your question.

Here are some examples of open-ended questions you can ask your child to learn more about their day:

  • What was your favourite part of Bush Kindy today?
  • What was your favourite animal that you learned about today?
  • How many chicks hatched today?
  • Why did the firemen visit today?
  • Describe what the clay felt like.
  • What did it remind you of?
  • How did you do that?
  • Show me how you…
  • Who did you sit next to at morning tea?
  • What was the most fun part of your day?

Across our centres, the children have been practicing their tree-pose with Yogi Bears Kids Yoga, learning about native animals with Lydia from Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, tapping into their curiosity by learning about magnetic fields and electricity, turning into little green thumbs and learning about bush tucker during their culinary lessons, participating in Bush Kindy adventures and so much more. What adventures has your centre been engaging in?

We encourage families to stay curious and continue encouraging their children to share their stories and communicate in a fun and light-hearted way. This interaction enhances a child’s communication skills and language development through expressing thoughts and ideas and helps to build their confidence.