Prompting kids to explain helps them learn abstract concepts.
This is great advice. After reading your newsletter, I'm definitely leaning into curiosity more. This morning, my daughter was complaining about not wanting to go to school. I was bracing for a meltdown, but then I asked her: "Why don't you want to go to school?" To be honest, I didn't understand her answer, but she did stop to think about it! And there was no meltdown!
I really enjoyed this post. As a teacher I find it necessary to allow my students to ask me “why” questions. My kids aren’t my friends, but I still want their curiosity satisfied when they ask personal questions about my family and me. I’m not just the guy who teaches English and has no heart. When I allow that time in the classroom, my students open up more about themselves and their struggles. Thanks for the advice. I’ll definitely use it.