teachable moments
teachable moments

The power of talking


Children on travel
when can we go swimming, dad

Have you heard of the power of open ended questioning?

As an Early Childhood Teacher this was one of the most powerful lessons I learnt during my education.

  • Whats an open ended question you say?

  • Well it is just that a question that opens up a #child’s own thinking and reasoning skills and cannot be answered with a simple yes or no.
  • For example when reading a story you could ask what do you think this story will be about? Why do you think the bear is grumpy? This stimulates your #child’s thoughts and ideas and helps encourage language and vocabulary it also shows that you care about what your #child thinks and value their opinions.
  • This form of questioning can be utilized in all areas of life not just activities and planned learning but also powerful in every environment helping #children question and think about the world we live in.
  • You can start this from an early age so don’t worry if you think they don’t understand, it will soon become second nature to share their voice and expand their vocabulary as they experience the benefits of ongoing open ended questions.

The power of reading

The power of purposeful praise

The power of curiosity

Using teachable moments


  1. […] With such experiences you can ask questions to stimulate your child’s thinking and reasoning skill… e.g. what do you see happening, why do you think it is happening etc. you can delve into the depths of the chemical reaction lesson, what colours are created when they mix the sky is the limit. Or you can grab a cup of coffee set them up and watch the delight as you enjoy your coffee minus the mini human tugging at your legs or his/her brother or sisters hair… All in all it is a super duper fun engaging experience for children of all ages to explore early science concepts and colour explosions. […]


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