When trying to prompt our children to speak, asking open ended questions can help get a conversation started.
- What is happening?
- How do things work? (i.e., How does the car work?)
- How did it happen? (i.e., How did he hurt himself?)
- Why questions (i.e., Why is she staying home?)
- What will happen next?
- "What if" questions (i.e., What will happen if I drop a raw egg? What would you do if I screamed really loud?)
- When questions (i.e., When will Bobby come home?)
Try to avoid these questions which can be answered with only one word:
- Yes/no questions (i.e., Is that man coming here?)
- Intonational questions (i.e., That's all I have to do?)
- What questions - asking for labels (i.e., What is that?)
- Tag questions (i.e., She's not very happy, is she?)
- Who questions (i.e., Who were you talking to?)
- Where questions (i.e., Where are they going?
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