When your child hops in your car after school or hops off the bus it’s probably second nature to ask, “How was school?” Their answer is usually less than informative though, right? Even though Gia is only 5 and still very chatty, she usually answers with “good!”. That would be the end of the conversation if I didn’t push a little more and ask more questions.
Want to get more info from your child? Try to stick with who, what, when and how questions because they require more detailed answers. Also, try to think about the whole school day and ask some questions about every part of it from the morning to lunch and recess to the end of the day.
Here are some suggestions to guide you.
20 Questions to Get Your Child Talking about School
- When you get to school, what is the first thing your class does in the morning?
- What was your classroom job today?
- What did you eat for lunch?
- Who did you sit with at lunch?
- Who did you play with at recess?
- What did you play with/do at recess?
- What books did your teacher read to you/did you read today?
- What was the best part of the day?
- Why was that the best part?
- What was your least favorite part of the day?
- Why was it your least favorite?
- What did you do in gym/art/music?
- What’s your favorite: gym, art or music?
- What is 1 thing you learned today?
- Who did you sit with in class today? (For older kids ask if they have assigned seats or if they get to choose their seats.)
- If you could choose to sit with anyone in your class, who would you choose?
- Did anything funny happen at school today?
- How much homework do you have tonight?
- What part of your homework do you think will take you the longest/hardest for you to do?
- What part of your homework will be the easiest?