I once heard a statistic that the average four-year old asks 400 questions per day. I’m really not sure if the information was supported by any real scientific study. Based on the suggested data, I am grossly aware that all of my children are over achievers!!
Columbo is my most inquisitive child. He’s a facts guy. There are many things to know in life, and he has an avalanche of questions. Not being a child to be pacified with vague answers, one day I handed him a notebook to record his question to look up later. That began his first question book.
Today we made new question books. It was Magoo’s first, so I added a pencil holder. He’ the kind of guy that can never find a pencil when needed, so I’m hoping having one attached will help.
I had some composition tablets that I purchased at the beginning of the school year. I had some ribbon and tacky glue to make bookmarks. I purchased a roll of colorful Duck Tape.
I used the Duck Tape to make the pencil holder. I took about a four-inch long piece of Duck Tape and folded it in half, sticky sides together. I held it onto the side of the tablet with the pencil for sizing, and put a second piece of tape over that to hold.
For the bookmark I used a thin ribbon. I glued it inside the back cover with Tacky Glue.
Dad made cool labels for the front of the books. Printing on standard copy paper, the kids glued their label onto the cover.
Here is the question book cover document to print. Be sure to set your printer to landscape.
After labels were added, each of the kids added their own decorations. Little Bear was in the middle of the action decorating her own mini-book. I firmly believe that if you have a toddler or preschooler in the house, you cannot have enough stickers. I usually buy them in bulk from Oriental Trading, or get them at the dollar store.
Personal touches added and the books were completed.
We use our question books often. With three little voices chatting non-stop, I sometimes feel my sanity waiver. When the questions are about how things work or how things are made, I suggest writing it in their question book. I have used some of their inquiries to create short unit studies. Making short lessons out of their questions is a fun way to add to our school time.