about questions (for children)

surreal-acrilic-oil-paintings-samuli-heimonen8Your teachers probably like questions with long answers:

When does it get cold in the winter?

Why is it important to be fair?

Why is it healthy to eat spinach?

These three questions are actually a little bit sneaky.

 

Did you notice?

Read them again, and I’ll underline the sneaky parts:

When does it get cold in the winter?

Why is it important to be fair?

Why is it healthy to eat spinach?

Just by asking a question, I told you something:

It gets cold in the winter

It is important to be fair

It is healthy to eat spinach

…..I call these “Telling Questions,” because I’m telling you something inside the question.

**warning**

You have to be careful with these! Sometimes people can be very sly (quietly sneaky) and tell you things that might not be true:

Why does thunder make it rain?

Why is it warmer when it snows?

Do cats sing opera in the summer or in the winter?

Why do unicorns ride the bus to work?

They can even be quite unkind:

Why did Naomi eat my cookies?

(Actually, Ken ate them.)

Why do I smell like ass?

(Actually, I smell like fresh lemons!)

Are you ugly, or just dirty?

(Neither. You are beautiful!)

…These Telling Questions don’t just tell you something true or false, but they also tell you something about the speaker. That they think it is important to eat spinach, or that they don’t understand how thunder works, or maybe just that they’re not nice people.

I like to give people a good feeling with these Telling Questions.

Why are you so kind?

When will you show me your beautiful smile?

Where did you learn to sing so well?

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