Open-ended questions can help improve children’s association
Written by: Peng Zhihua, Certified Educational Psychologist

Many parents hope to improve their children’s thinking ability. In fact, as long as parents properly guide their children to connect some small things in life, and then ask leading questions, they can make them consciously think about the things they see and related things. knowledge. For example, when children see apples, ask them to think of any objects that are also round or red; when they hear the chirping of birds, they will think of any animal that can fly.


Ask your children unrestricted questions



When parents ask young children questions, do not force them to answer or ask for a definitive answer, or even ask them to answer the question right away, because they may still be making an association. Parents don’t need to ask any restricted questions, they can ask whatever they want, such as what chopsticks look like, who needs to wear uniforms like students… In addition to making them think more, parents can also think together with their children and discussion, as a parent-child activity, help to enhance mutual feelings.


In addition to asking individual questions, parents can ask young children to answer questions with siblings or friends. For children with higher ability, parents can ask them to answer more and different answers; children with ordinary ability can answer less answers; for children with relatively weak ability, parents can guide them to answer through appropriate prompts and demonstrations.


Parents can look for problems in life


Parents can find questions to ask in life, and even try to ask questions that have room for imagination and discussion, so that children can use their imagination and association. For example, parents can ask their children what is round outdoors, what is made of iron at home, what food is red, etc. On the contrary, some questions with definite and definite answers, such as math questions (what is 1 plus 1 equal to), we generally call these questions “closed-ended questions”. Since there are only specific answers, they do not actually improve children’s associative power much. help.

In fact, creative association should start with the smallest things, which is a good way to train young children’s association and thinking skills. So parents may wish to start today to improve children’s association ability!