Use 'Tell Me Why' Books To Answer Kid's Questions
As parents, we all know that children are naturally inquisitive and very interested in the world around them. This is normal, and is usually a very good thing, because it proves to us that they really are paying attention. However, sometimes the questions they fire at us can be hard to answer in a way that they can easily understand.
Such common childhood questions are those such as "Why does water freeze?", or "Why does it rain?". You might be able to come up with a decent answer for these age-old questions, but yet your answer may not fully explain the scientific aspect in a way your child can really comprehend. Need a little help here? Try locating a "tell me why book." Your local children's bookstore should carry something of this nature.
These 'tell me why' books take common children's questions and answer them in such a simplistic yet factual way that the child can fully understand them. Believe me; I have been very happy to have some of these books around the house when my own children began asking questions by the dozen. Sometimes, even though we as parents are expected to know everything, our kids can actually ask something that really requires thought, and requires a thorough answer. In these cases, it's great to have a reference book to look up these questions your child asks.
This can be a really fun and educational learning experience for both the parent and the child. Searching for the answers to their questions that even you cannot quite answer can be a wonderful time of discovery that you can both share together. My children's' personal library includes some great tell me why books. One is entitled simply "Why?" and the other is called "What Is A Bellybutton?" The "Why?" book is available online and is written by Catherine Ripley. "Why?" is a worthwhile purchase your child will really enjoy. It will also give mom or dad a few free-passes when asked a tough question from time to time!
These "tell me why books" in general, cover a broad range of topics such as why a door at a store opens when you approach it, why the stars twinkle, why frozen juice can sticks to your fingers when you touch it, how soap helps clean you, and many more questions pertaining to everyday topics and events that will eventually be encountered.
When searching for these types of books, the category is a little vague. However, if you search online for "children's books that answer 'why' questions" or simply inquire at your local bookstore, you should be able to find what you are looking for. These books are not only informative, but fun and educational as well. You'll be surprised at how many times a book of this nature can help children in their schoolwork in the early grades of elementary school. One time in Kindergarten my daughter was able to intelligently answer a question the teacher asked about how gelatin sticks together. She knew the answer from the book "Why?" and that it was from braids, and not the kind in your sister's hair. The teacher was impressed to say the least, and I have to admit, it was a question I would not have known before reading that book with her.
Have fun with your kids and enjoy this time when they are still eager to ask you questions and think that you are the smartest person in the world because you already know the answers... or can easily find it for them in a "tell me why" book.