The Thinking Story
By Cally Finsbury
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Table of Contents
Meet the Children
This is Johnny and Jessica Jenkins. Johnny and Jessica Jenkins are brother and sister. Johnny had a problem that drove his mum and sister crazy. Johnny was always complaining that he was bored and that he had nothing to do.
Meet Johnny’s mum
Johnny’s mum had a wonderful solution to his problem that helped John improve his attitude and develop his critical thinking skills.
Johnny’s mum, Mrs. Jenkins, wanted something that her children could do at anytime and anywhere and that needed only their ability to think and be mindful. While she was thinking, she had a suggestion for Johnny. Later on, Johnny and Jessica turned that idea into a game.
Johnny’s mum gave him a knowing stare and asked him a question. “Would you rather be bored or hungry?”
Johnny pulled a face. “That is obvious, I would rather be hungry.”
Johnny’s mum looked disappointed.
Jessica shrugged; trying to look as if is she didn’t care. Then she couldn’t help herself feeling happy when she started thinking about being happy. “Are you serious? You would rather be hungry than bored? I would rather be bored than hungry any day. I can entertain myself, but if there is no opportunity for me to satisfy my hunger because there is no food about, then I am helpless.”
“Maybe you’re right”, announced Johnny.
“Alright then, what would you rather be, rich or happy? asked Jessica.
“Rich, no happy, oh err, I am not sure. Just give me a moment to think”, replied Johnny.
Jessica confidently insisted. “I would rather be happy and I would be happy because all my basic needs are met. I would have a beautiful home with a lovely landscaped garden. Living in a house, in a clean and friendly community, with a loving and supportive family who would help me to achieve my dreams and goals.”
How you play the game
That was how Johnny and Jessica’s game began. Johnny and Jessica would challenge each other to a “would you rather be” question. Jessica and Johnny revelled in the game. Whenever they could, they took the opportunity to play the game. They even made a scoring matrix for the game:
The scoring matrix could be adapted to suit the players and a record kept to see who was doing really well.
The next morning, Johnny and Jessica told their friends about the game and they started to play it as well. A teacher on playground duty heard some children talking and asked what they were doing, they explained what happened with Johnny and Jessica and that they were playing the “would you rather” game.
The teacher informed the headmaster about the game and decided that he would do an assembly and encourage all the children in the school to develop their critical thinking skills.
No longer were children feeling bored, they could enjoy the fresh air outdoors whilst thinking about challenging questions to ask each other. The children were mindful and had so many different comparisons and weird combinations to surprise and challenge each other.
Would you rather questions
Some children asked each other which super hero they would rather be?
Some children asked “Would you rather be a wizard or a Viking?”
Some children asked “Would you rather be a cook or a cowboy?”
Some children asked “Would you rather be a super hero or a knight?”
Some asked which animal would you rather be?
Some children asked which character or object would rather be?
Some even asked which teacher in the school they would rather be?
The school was abuzz with questions and smiles on the children’s faces.
There were so many questions that the children were asking and if they were to ask you what would you rather be?
Our challenge to you
Why don’t you think of a game you could play and get your family and friends to play with you?
Thanks for reading this story and we hope that you will get thinking too.
This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or to actual events or locales is entirely coincidental.
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Read this story and you will discover how things changed for the better for some children in their school. Meet the Children Johnny and Jessica Jenkins are brother and sister. Johnny had a problem that drove his mum and sister crazy. Johnny was always complaining that he was bored and that he had nothing to do. For most children this has been a problem that they have often experienced. This is the story of how Johnny and Jessica started to get everyone in their school talking and thinking about what they would rather be and why. This new game spread throughout the school, it got children thinking, talking and convincing each other about what they think and what their preferences are. Each child felt better because they could play the game anywhere and adapt the rules to suit the players. Some children asked if they would rather be a super hero or a knight and they would explain why and try to convince the other person why it would be better to be a knight or super hero. Follow the adventures of Johnny and Jessica. This is an excellent read for encouraging early and beginning readers. Each story contains an important moral and lesson. With cute and bright illustrations for younger readers, questions and fun ideas. These stories are great for quick bedtime stories and to be read aloud with friends and family! â€¢Excellent for encouraging early and beginning readers â€¢Great for reading aloud with friends and family â€¢Fun short stories that are great for a quick bedtime story