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Open-ended questions

Open-ended questions used in Godly Play® and Faith & Play are not actually questions at all, but are “I wonder” statements that invite experiential responses.  Because they are experiential there are no incorrect answers.  The storyteller never fishes for a particular response.  The storyteller repeats each child’s response with genuine acceptance.  Children therefore readily come to feel safe in responding from their own experience. 

In time, as children attend to the rich language and metaphors of the stories and listen carefully to each other’s personal deepest responses to them, children develop a working vocabulary of faith.  Each story script is supplied with wonder statements, or wondering questions.  Some sample wondering questions, are

  • I wonder what part of this story you like best today.  (Each hearing of a story is potentially fresh because the listener is always changing.)
  • I wonder what you wonder about this story.