Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Parent to Parent: Curious Kids
Kids ask a million questions. It's just a fact of life for parents, but, instead of just answering their questions, experts say you're better off if you teach kids how to find the answers themselves. Details in today's Parent to Parent.
WSVN -- What's that? But why? How come? As parents we know all too well, kids ask a lot of questions, but, in this classroom, the roles are reversed.
Teacher: "What does creative literature mean?"
The kids are the ones who have to come up with all the answers. It's called FasTracKids, a program that not only challenges kids but shows parents how to use their children's curiosity to build better brains.
Moira Duncan: "Instead of just dumping the answer on them, maybe it's how the trees grow, cut open an apple, show them what a seed is. Plant the seed, and have them watch it grow. As opposed to just answering the question, really let them figure it out for themselves."
In this class, kids as young as 3 have to figure out how to express emotions by coming up with different words for every mood like sad and role playing what emotions look like and telling stories with more expression. The goal is to expand their vocabulary and improve their communication and organizational skills.
Moira Duncan: "We are working on the formative years of children when their brain is getting the most development. We are really focused on the critical thinking, the creative problem solving, the communication skills."
From teachers to parents, these lessons can be incorporated into everyday activities.
Kara Leschiege: "My husband makes up a silly story, and then my kids make up a silly story, and we go each one of us. You know, we try and incorporate it that way. We try and be a little creative with it."
Lynn Martinez: "Experts say the take-home message for moms and dads, when your kids have questions, is to help them come up with the answers themselves."
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