Social skills are an essential part of a child’s development, not just for the joy of being able to make friends and maintain relationships, but also for academic success. Research shows that children who successfully make friends tend to enjoy school more, engage more in classroom projects and activities, and perform better than their less social peers.
This week’s activity focuses on asking questions, a challenging but important part of social language. (Children generally know how to ask questions—they ask them all the time!—but it’s important to help them develop an explicit understanding that the thing they’re asking is called a question and that it’s designed to help them get more information.)
1. Say, “I’m going to think of an object, and it’s going to be your job to figure out what it is by asking me questions about it.”
2. Remind your child what a question is: “A question is something that you ask when you want to know more information.”
3. Challenge your learner by asking, “Is ‘I like your shirt’ a question?” The idea is to help them understand what qualifies as a question and what doesn’t.
4. Think of an object and prompt your child to ask you questions to figure out what it is. The question can be open-ended or require a “yes” or “no” answer. If needed, give examples of questions your child can ask, like:
- “What color is it?”
- “What does it do?”
- “How big is it?”
- “Is it alive?”
5. Continue with the questions until your learner figures out what the object is!
Whether your child needs help with a task or simply wants to carry on a conversation, being able to ask another person a question—and understanding that they’re doing so—is an essential aspect of social interaction.
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