Like most kids do, my son is always asking me questions, and while I'd like to pretend I am an all-knowing mom, I usually don't have the answers. (Sad, but true.) To combat this challenge and to encourage scientific inquiry we started an "I Wonder Why" page in his journal to write down his curious questions.
When he has a question I can't answer, he writes it down. I'd like to tell you that we head to the library to search hardcopy of the encyclopedia, but I have fallen victim to the total easy of internet search. We usually ask a search engine...
Sidenote: Don't worry, we had a little chat about the proper use of apostrophes afterward. I have a pet peeve about (adults) using apostrophes in plural words! Gah! I do, however, find it a bit charming that he misspelled "because" and "cemical" but correctly spelled "Capsaicin!"
The benefit of writing down the question even though answers are only a click away, is that it reinforces his memory. Personally, I think we forget a lot of data since we find the answers to easily and brains do not create all those extra pathways during our journey. (That's my thoroughly un-scientific theory!)
It's also quite nice for him to have a record of all his inquiries, and sneaks in a bit of handwriting practice.
How do you keep up with the gazillion-billion questions your child asks?