This week I’m giving a workshop for Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2 and 3 teachers on Developing Inference Skills.
The trick is not to teach inference, but to guide them to it. When kids listen to stories deeply, they naturally make connections.
To borrow a sentiment from the Bonnie Raitt song, Lets Give Them Something to Talk About, I think the first step is to give them something to infer about!
I have yet to meet a child who can resist the lure of Once Upon A Time… who’s heart rate, like Jack’s, doesn’t increase with the appearance of the giant at the top of the beanstalk and who doesn’t smile when they all lived happily ever after.
So much can happen in the imagination when listening to a story and it is there, in that magical world of the make-believe that inferences are made.