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What are open-ended and closed-ended questions?

Q: I hear a lot about talking to preschool-aged children using open-ended questions what are they?
A: Open-ended questions are about having a conversation.  Closed-ended questions are more like a test to get the answer.

"You used a lot of purple in your drawing, can you tell me about your picture."
"Thank you for helping me set the table for lunch. How did you decide how many bowls to put on the table?"

"Is this a purple tree?"
"What color is your banana?"  "How many bowls are on the table?"

Think about open-ended questions as how you typically talk with your friends.  We don't ask our friends constant yes/no questions (closed-ended).  If we did they probably wouldn't want to see us very often. 

Open-Ended Questions with Buddy


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