7 STEPS TO SIMPLIFY YOUR QUESTIONS
Learning new skills and being confident in our growing world can be overwhelming for some, especially those who lack confidence, or have specific learning needs.
We hope you find our advice on helping children to be more confident in engaging in life skills an important tool for their success. Here are 7 Steps to Simplify your Questions when you are reading with your children.
Get your child’s attention before asking a question. Eg. Look at this picture. What are they doing?
STEP 2 – REPEAT YOUR QUESTIONS
Repeat your questions to your child. Eg. How are they doing that? How are they doing that?
STEP 3 – RE-WORD
Re-word the questions in another way. Eg. Lift the box off the floor…. Can you pick the box up?
STEP 4 – PROVIDE PART ANSWERS TO PROMPT
Allow your child to complete the sentences with a helping part answer. Eg. What isthe tractor doing? It is ploughing the……..
STEP 5 – GIVE MULTIPLE CHOICE OPTIONS
Help your child by providing them with more than one answer to choose from. Eg. Where is the car?Is it under the couch or TV?
STEP 6 – RELATE YOUR QUESTION TO SOMETHING FAMILIAR
Relating a question to something familiar to them. Eg. How will the cake feel after we cook it? Do you remember when we cooked the biscuits. How did they feel?
STEP 7 – ANSWER AND REPEAT
Answer the questions and then have your child repeat your answer. Eg. What is the car doing? It is driving up the hill.
IDEAS – Drawing/painting problem solve how you will make it, what you will do next. Books, predict what will happen, describe what will happen. Play – prentend you are going in the car, what are you going to do, where are you going to go