A special type of question are prediction questions that ask children to make an informed guess about what will happen next in a story. Prediction questions develop children’s logical thinking skills. The key is this: Do not only ask for a prediction, also ask for the reasoning behind the prediction. The principle we must bear in mind is: the quality of a prediction is determined not by what actually happens next in the book but by the quality of the reasoning behind the prediction.
After all, books are just creations of authors’ imaginations. There is no right or wrong way for a story to proceed. Clues that children can use as a basis for their predictions include:
In addition to developing children’s skills at logical thinking, prediction has other advantages. First, it encourages children to listen carefully. Second, prediction heightens children’s interest in the book, because after making their prediction, they are keen to find out what the authors decided to have happen next in their book.
Dad reminder: You can start to read to your kids at ANY age. It’s fun for the kids and dad. It really is a dad duty!
- George Jacobs, Ph.D. and Wan Loh Inn, Ed.D.
Dr. George Jacobs, Ph.D. and Dr. Wan Loh Inn, Ed.D. are the authors of many books (including “The Read Aloud Guide”, textbooks for teachers and students, curriculum guides, and children’s storybooks).
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