Saturday, November 23, 2013
What Does the Fox Say?
“What does the fox say?” queries a popular song.
After hearing my teenagers sing this around the house, I finally asked, “What does the fox say?”
“I don’t know,” my son replied. “Do you know, mom?”
“No, I don’t know, either.”
At this point of the conversation, there are three possible things I could say next:
1. Let me find out and get back to you.
2. Let’s go find out!
3. Find out and let me know.
As a homeschool mom or just as a parent, maybe you want your children to think that you know everything, but I don’t. I want them to know it is okay to not know everything, but there is a way to learn what you don’t know.
So, in this case, option number one is not correct. That option is more for a salesman to a customer. You want to provide service to your customer and finding the answer to their question is a service.
Option number two is the answer you give when you are teaching your children how to find the answers to questions. If they want to know what the fox says, I would take them to the encyclopedias, pull out the F and look up ‘fox’. In the process we would probably learn more about the fox, too. The internet is also a source of information for learning about the fox.
Option number three is used once my children have research skills. I not only have them find the answer to their question, but also report back to me. This lets me know they actually looked up the answer, but if I didn’t know the answer, I learned something, too.
In the above scenario, since my son is 17 years old, I did not even have to tell him to look up the answer. It wasn’t long before I noticed he was looking up “What does the fox say?”
Now he knows what the fox says.
I know what the fox says.
But do you know what the fox says?