How many times have you experienced the, ‘why, why, why’ question? Why is the sky blue? Why are you doing that? Why doesn’t this work? And so on… This ‘why’ question is super important however in the development of great thinking skills. The 7th Habit of Minds focuses on this notion of questioning and working towards solving these very provocations.

The key to building these questioning skills is to never dismiss anything! By this I mean that your little one is in the ‘first-time’ stage of life and to dismiss their curiosity devalues their natural instinct to engage in exploration.

The idea of ‘finding everything interesting’ helps both you and your child explore deeper and for longer because of the model it provides and consequent pattern of thinking it generates. By finding everything interesting you begin exploring the obvious (to us) which leads into the world of the unknown for your child. The habits formed as a result of ‘finding everything interesting’ are well-developed curious minds.

Curious questions fuel the ‘finding everything interesting’ mentality.Curious questions are truly open-ended questions. This means that we really don’t know the answers and to truly find them out we have to genuinely explore for them. Here at Thinkers.inq we use open-ended questions too. A few examples are:

  • I wonder where that came from?
  • Ohh, that looks amazing, tell me about that?
  • Can you help me understand what you have found interesting here?
  • How did you do that?
  • Look at that, I wonder what is it?
  • I am so impressed with your thinking, are there any other ideas you want to tell me about?
  • Tell my about what you are doing?

You can also use a great little thinking tool called de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats to develop truly curious question. Each of the six hats has a job to do to help thinking go further and deeper. Children, and many adults, enjoy a little bit of dressing up and this is a great way to have lots of fun and think deeply all at the same time.

So let’s join in the wonderment of every experience and see thinking behaviour become stronger and more influential every day.