Language of Inquiry

Girl-thinking-questionsKnowing how and when to ask questions to a child engaged in play can make the experience more meaningful and rich. For example, when noticing a child is stuck, a thoughtful question might move him along. Asking open-ended questions lead to problem solving, as well as, helps children consider another point of view.

Types of questions that foster inquiry:

What do you think will happen if…
I wonder why….
How do you think that happened?
What do you know about….?
How many ways can you…?
How do you think ___and ____ are alike/different?
Do you have some ideas about…?
Can you think of a way to….?
How do you feel about….?

What questions do you ask to foster inquiry during play? Please share in the comments below.