Wednesday, December 7, 2011
15) The Whys
1) Find the Answer: Fortunately we live in a world of the Internet where the answer to any question can usually be found in just a few minutes. The Bee already knows that if you don't know you can Google it. We have also been enjoying the site Wonderopolis a lot lately, it is a great resource for all kinds of whys. With information, images and often a video clip it is a good way to answer a question. I also like the old fashioned, look in a book method. We have a few good books like The Way Things Work By David Maccauly or Almost Everything By Joelle Jolivet that have great images that can answer lots of questions.
2) Try It: I am a big believer in the best way to learn something is by doing it. So if the question is something that can be answered with an experience I always like that method. However, this method is way easier said then done. The Bee frequently asks me questions that I could easily give her the answer to and move on. It takes way more time and effort for me to stop, not answer and let her figure it out herself. I know that her figuring it our herself is much more valuable so I am working on trying this route more often.
3) Ask the Question Back: When all else fails I ask the question back. Especially when it is one that really has me stumped. I often find that the answer The Bee comes up with is way better then anything I would have said anyway.
How do you handle the Whys at your house? What are some of the questions that have stumped you most?
Posted by Katie at 8:38 PM