What to do with this activity?
Encourage your child to give their opinions about things they see around them, or items that come up in the news, and to ask questions. You do not always need to have answers for your child. Tell them if you don't know what to think, and let them know that there are other points of view. Ask your child what they feel about a subject, what their views and concerns are.
If you do not know about something, talk to your child about who might know about it or how you could find out more. Do some research on the topic with your child, either with books in the local library or online. Then talk about what you find out.
Help your child to develop their thoughts on different things. When you watch telly together, encourage them to think about what they are seeing. Also, help them to understand that others may have different opinions "So you think this...but she thought that...". It is better if opinions are rooted in knowledge, so keeping an open mind and constantly learning new things is important.
Why am I doing this?
Talking and listening helps your child build their language and thinking skills – this is a great foundation for them to learn more. Asking questions, finding out answers and looking up words together will help build your child’s vocabulary and knowledge of the world around them.
How can I do more?
Encourage your child to give their opinions and to ask questions about things they see around them. Help your child to make decisions by discussing their ideas. Check if your child understands different things they hear. Encourage your child to teach you new words and phrases they have learnt.
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