Teaching is about imparting knowledge, but when the homeschool teacher is wondering about just how much their homeschool students are actually picking up, there is a simple tool that can help. It’s encouraging your children to begin asking questions.

Asking Questions

Learning is made easier when your Homeschool Students are encourages to ask questions. Sparking their natural curiosity is a great way for the Homeschool Teacher to ensure that they stay focused on getting to know more about the topic being discussed. Instead of giving the children all the facts and data, it makes it a lot more interesting and engaging for them, when the teacher has them asking questions and sharing their own opinions about the topic.

Good and Bad Questions

Asking “Good Questions” is a tool that allows your homeschooled child to gain more knowledge in a relevant manner. A “Bad Question” may give them details that they were not really after. Helping them understand how framing their questions can allow them to gain the information that they want, is a good practice for future good communications skills. Oral communication skills are so very important.

What makes a “Bad Question”?

If you don’t frame your question correctly you can end up with the wrong content. A bad question is often sloppy, or confusing. It may also contain too much jargon or technical terms. There may be grammatical mistakes which make it difficult for the teacher to understand. Practicing how to frame questions is good idea, and a fun way to do it is to play the 20 Questions game where they try to guess what is being spoken of using a set of descriptive questions.

What makes a “Good Question”?

A good question is usually open ended, and aimed at gaining more information about the topic. It may use parameters to narrow down the content that is being sought. The homeschool student may be able to these questions to assess what they are being taught, clarify doubts that creep up, or tidy up the knowledge that they have already gained.