Observe the child in the science center exploring a phenomenon, such as magnetism.
The adult can ask, “What do you think will happen if I hold this tennis ball up to the magnet?”
The child understands the causal nature of the question and tries to answer it, even if incorrect.
Encourage early childhood educators and parents to help the child think about alternative scenarios and outcomes. Adults can ask about personal and event outcomes. For example, the adult may say, “What might happen if you don’t go to bed?” or after reading a story, “What could happen if the people didn’t help each other?” In the classroom the early childhood educator might ask, “What would happen if we add too much liquid to the mixture?”
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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