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Loving Your Child’s Mind: How to Have Fun Intellectual Conversations With Any Child Ages Four and Up

Michael Strong


Can young children engage in intellectual conversations?

The answer is yes, once one realizes that by means of working within the child’s understanding of the world one can expand their understanding by means of asking them questions about their world.  Michael Strong shows how to start by asking them simple questions about concepts such as “love,” “animal,” “fair,” “flying,” etc.  With any concept one can ask them about examples, counterexamples, and boundary cases without pushing them towards any particular direction, but sincerely inquiring how they understand each concept.  One can do so lovingly, gently, and authentically in a manner that shows that one loves and cares about how they think and understand the world.  By means of such casual conversations interspersed into daily life, one can develop a child who develops the habit of engaging in intellectual dialogue as a normal human interaction.


Michael Strong

Michael Strong is the founder of Expanse, a virtual middle school based on warm peer relationships, including Socratic dialogue, team projects, and personal mentoring.  He is an experienced school creator whose projects include Moreno Valley High School, a charter school in New Mexico ranked the 36th best public school in the U.S. by Newsweek; Winston Academy, a school for highly gifted students in Florida who successfully completed AP exams; and The Academy of Thought and Industry, the high school model for the largest U.S. Montessori network. He is the author of The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice and Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems.

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