Tag: Curiosity and Learning

Question A Day Journal

Getting kids to think deeply and chat away is super important for their brain power and feelings. A fun way to do this? Try the “One Question a Day” way! It’s all about asking kids a new question every day, sparking their curiosity, and getting them talking about all sorts of interesting stuff. Let’s dive into how you can make this awesome idea a part of your day and see all the cool ways it helps kids grow! At the bottom of this article, there are some questions to try out and information on journals you can buy to help your child become a Question a Day Kid.

Picking the Perfect Questions

  • Go for questions that fit right with the child’s age and what they love.
  • Choose questions that get them thinking and talking—anything that doesn’t just end with a yes or no.
  • Mix it up with questions about feelings, dreams, right and wrong, and the little things they do every day.

Making It a Fun Habit

Slot the “Question a Day” chat into daily routines like during snack times, before bed, or at family hangouts and stick to it daily so it becomes a special part of the day everyone looks forward to.

Chatting It Up

  • Make sure everyone feels super comfy sharing their thoughts, knowing there’s no right or wrong answer. The chat is just for sharing thoughts and ideas.
  • Listen well, respect all ideas, and dive in with your own thoughts, showing you’re all in it together.
  • Show off your curiosity and kindness as you chat.

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Keeping a Cool Journal

  • Give the kids a special notebook or journal to write or draw their answers.
  • Encourage all sorts of creativity—they can write a story, doodle, or even craft a poem.
  • Looking back on what they’ve thought before is like a treasure hunt of how they’ve grown.

Reflecting Together

Every now and then, circle back to older questions and chat about how their thoughts might have changed. You can use these past answers to dive into even deeper chats and discover new things together.

Why It’s Awesome for Kids:

  • It gets their brain juices flowing and helps them know themselves better.
  • Boosts how they talk about their thoughts and feelings.
  • Teaches them to understand and care about others’ views.
  • Brings everyone closer with these shared chat moments.
  • Helps them get better at handling their emotions and bouncing back from tough times.

Wrapping It Up

Jumping into the “Question a Day” adventure is a super fun way to get kids thinking, chatting, and growing. It’s all about giving them the space to express themselves and connect with those around them. So, let’s get started on this journey of discovery and bonding, making every day a little more special! Check out these questions and try them out on your kid(s).

Questions You May Want to Try

If you want to encourage children to talk about their dreams and aspirations, you could try the following:

  • What do you dream of doing or becoming in the future?
  • If you could learn anything, what would it be?
  • What is one thing you would like to achieve by the end of this school year?
  • If you could have any superpower, what would it be and how would you use it?

You may wish to encourage them to consider mindfulness and present awareness. If so, here are some questions for that:

  • What are three things you are grateful for today?
  • What is something beautiful you saw today?
  • How do you feel right now, and what can you hear/see/smell?
  • What was the best part of your day, and why?

Or you may wish to promote thoughtful reflection with these questions:

  • What is something new you learned about yourself recently?
  • Can you think of a mistake you made and what you learned from it?
  • When do you feel most like yourself?
  • What is something you did today that you feel good about?

Homeschool Question A Day

If you homeschool your child or children, it is easy to incorporate a “Question a Day” session into your homeschooling mornings.

Kick-Off with Circle Time

Gather everyone for a cozy morning circle. It’s like a mini family meeting where everyone gets comfy and ready to chat.

Question Time

Share the day’s question from your “Question a Day” book. Anyone can read it out loud. It’s like the mystery box of conversations – you never know where it’ll take you!

Chat Away

Let everyone take their turn to share thoughts or feelings about the question. No right or wrong answers here, just good old sharing and caring.

Fun Activities

Spice it up with activities related to the question. Dream questions? How about drawing that dream or acting it out? Make it as fun and interactive as you’d like.

Journaling Joy

Give everyone some time to jot down or doodle their thoughts in a journal. It’s like their personal diary of daily discoveries.

Smooth Transition

Wrap up your circle time with a group high five and dive into the day’s learning adventures, energized and connected.

Look Back

Regularly glance back at past questions and answers. It’s a great way to see how everyone’s thoughts grow and change, and it’s sure to bring out some giggles and “aha” moments.
By making “Question a Day” a fun part of your morning, you’re not just starting the day off on the right foot; you’re building a family tradition of curiosity, empathy, and togetherness. Let the fun begin!

Education Question A Day

Question a day can also be used to kickstart a topic or project. Consider the following questions on critical thinking:

  • If you could design a new invention to solve a problem in the world, what would it be, and how would it work?
  • What are the pros and cons of using technology in the classroom, and how does it impact learning?
  • How would you solve a real-world problem, such as pollution or homelessness, using critical thinking skills?
  • Can you think of different perspectives on a controversial issue, and how would you negotiate a compromise?
  • How does asking questions help you learn and understand new concepts?

These are perhaps for older children and would make good projects to think and write about over a longer period.

The following questions on language could be adapted for either younger or older children:

  • What is the main idea of the last book you read, and how did the author support it?
  • Can you identify the parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.) in a sentence?
  • How do authors use literary devices like similes, metaphors, and personification to enhance their writing?
  • What is the difference between a synonym and an antonym, and can you provide examples of each?
  • Can you write a short story using a given set of vocabulary words?

You can also use science questions that can be adapted for younger or older children such as:

  • What are the three states of matter, and can you provide examples of each?
  • How does photosynthesis work, and why is it essential for plants?
  • What are the different layers of the Earth’s atmosphere, and what role does each layer play?
  • How do plants and animals adapt to their environments to survive?
  • Can you explain the water cycle and its importance for life on Earth?
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Question A Day Booklets

You can get a month of questions for children on different motivational topics in booklet form for immediate download and printing. There will eventually be a year of questions divided up into months, although the months are not named and you can complete them in any order.

Take a look at Month 1 – Dreams and Goals

The booklets are A4 size and print out easily on your home printer. The front cover contains a colouring pattern which is partialy repeated on each inner question page. Each booklet has an explanation page and each page in the booklet contains 3 questions, with a few lines for the child to write down their thoughts (or you can write them, if the child cannot write for themselves). There are 31 questions in each booklet

Month 2  – Love and Kindness is also available, as is Month 3 Spring and Growth and Month 4 Curiosity and Learning.