Have the child read a classic. Then discuss it with them.
- What did you find most useful?
- How can you apply it?
- Use a Socratic Dialogue
Susan Wise Bauer suggests the following book questions in her 2003 book.
- What ideas do you disagree with? Why?
- Is this book an accurate portrayal of life?
- Did you sympathize with any characters? Which ones and why?
- What is the author’s take on the human condition?
- What questions is the author asking?
- Does the evidence support the link between the questions and the answers?
- Who was a leader in the book?
- What did they do that was good leadership?
Regardless of the questions you use, read a book together and discuss it together. Children love spending time with you up until about age 13. Use that time wisely. Leverage what is already captured in our literature.