One thing Jenni and I have discovered throughout our intense research of the education process is the need for our children to be able to ask the right questions. So, when you feel bombarded with 50 questions, don’t despair. Instead, rejoice that your children want to become expert investigators.
Every time your child asks a question, write it down. Tear the questions off into individual strips of paper, and place them in a box or jar.
Teach your children how to use Google. Show them what words to type to research a particular topic.
Once a week, have your child pull one out, and research that question in depth. You will be amazed at what they will learn and retain by answering their own questions.
After they’ve completed their research, have them put together a presentation to teach the family what they’ve learned. This incorporates public speaking and organization — priceless skills.
Below are some questions to add to what your kids may ask, just to help them get started.
- What happens to a potato’s chemical composition when it’s deep fried?
- Why do certain shoes cause foot odor?
- Why are flamingos pink?
- Why do some chickens lay eggs that we can eat and some lay baby chicks?
- How can you purify water in the wilderness?
- Is global warming real?
- What does the moon have to do with the ocean’s tide?
- How does the rain get in the clouds?
- How deep is the ocean?
- Can I dig all the way toChina?
- How does a microwave work?
Share your questions with us. We’d love to hear what your kids are asking.