This afternoon in school, I had a very interesting experience with the older kids in school. I was summoned in by the teachers for an interview session by the children. The teachers were sharing about how we should introduce ourselves when we meet new friends and of course, the Q & A comes in when the kids want to know me better.
Seriously, you might not believe, but I was kind of experiencing some stage fright when I stood in front of 40 kids and having 80 eyes starring at me. Anyway, I braved myself and went on to do a self introduction to them (of course, they knew who I am) and what I do in school. There are many things I do but I try to make it simple. I asked the kids what they thought I do and one came up with a great answer.
“So what do you think Ms Yvonne do?”
Yes, I do help with the daily visual screening before they enter the classes. I guess that’s the only contact they have with me thus the impression.
After a short introduction, I began to throw a Q & A to the kids. It’s really interesting to see the children raising their arms with enthusiasm. I felt like a superstar in a interview conference or something.
And of course, I had an enjoyable time having my 5 minutes of fame.
In contrast to most adults being impatient with the endless questions kids ask, I believe that the child can learn so much more when they are inquisitive and is allowed to be curious as well.
Here are some of my thoughts on answering questions from your preschoolers:
Sound and be (sincerely) interested.
This is a basic respect for the little kiddo. Period.
Keep your answers simple.
Yes, know your audience.
In doubt or when you are tired from the endless questioning, throw them back the question.
Sometimes, you will be surprised that they DO know the answers.
|they might just one day.|
Do your kids ask you questions? How do you deal with that?