How to Help Children Draw Conclusions: 5 Steps - MakeSureHow
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Ask your child questions that guide his thought process.

Do you know that moment when you sit down and really listen to a child, and wonder how in the world he got from point A to point B in his thinking? Children often draw conclusions that boggle the mind, and could give you a headache if you thought about them too much. Instead of trying to figure out how your child is processing information, teach him to draw better conclusions and save you both a lot of confusion.


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    Read to your child and ask questions. Children love to listen to stories, but the story alone doesn't necessarily engage their brains. To get your child to think about what he is hearing, stop and ask questions. For example, stop at an exciting point in the book and ask, "What do you think will happen next?" or "Why do you think he did that?" This forces your child to consider possibilities.
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    Look at pictures in magazines or books and ask your child what he thinks is going on. If he cannot come up with anything, ask questions to help get him started. For example, for a picture of kids running, ask, "Do you think they are playing or running away from something?" If he is still unsure, point out clues, such as the smile on the children's faces, and ask if that means they're having fun.
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    Watch television programs or movies that are age-appropriate for your child. Stop the program, or wait for a commercial, and ask what she thinks might happen next. Give suggestions to help get her started.
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    Play an emotion game with your child. Act out different emotions and see how many he can guess. Give a prize if he gets more than five right. This is a fun way to help your child pick up on others' feelings.
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    Write out short paragraphs describing a situation. Read them to your child and have him guess what is happening or who you are describing. He will be forced to use the clues in the sentences to figure it out.

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