Do you find it hard to know how to talk to your kids about their school day? The simple question “How was your day” is typically too open-ended to get constructive answers out of a student. Younger children may have trouble explaining the day’s events. Older children may simply want to spend time with their friends and hobbies rather than talking about school. Instead of asking this question, you should consider asking your kid’s more engaging and thought-provoking questions about their day at school. Consider these examples to get the most out of your kid’s time.
“Tell Me About What You Read Today in Class”
Reading comprises a portion of almost every student’s day. Asking a specific question about your child’s day not only shows them you are genuinely interested in what they are learning but it also encourages them to think back to the material covered during the day, potentially boosting retention.
“What Was the Funniest Thing That Happened Today?”
The social aspect of a school is an important part of your child’s education. Every day, your kid builds relationships that could become lifelong friendships. Asking them about something funny that happened at school allows them to fondly reflect on their day. This will give you insight into their developing sense of humor along with their thoughts about their friends and teachers, and the things they enjoy most about school.
“Who Did You Sit With at Lunch?”
Lunchtime is a chance to rest and refuel during a school day. It is generally a good time for your child to socialize. Asking your kids about their lunch pals is a good way to learn more about the type of social connections they are making.
“What Did You Do During Recess Today?”
While this question will only really apply to younger kids, asking about recess time is a good way to start an engaging conversation about your child’s school day. Many younger kids consider recess the best part of a typical school day. For them to think about recess can lead to other thoughts about their day. It’s also a good way to keep track of your child’s daily physical activity levels.
“What’s the Biggest Difference Between This Year and Last Year?”
This may not make much sense to ask your child every day. Therefore asking this question every few weeks or months might work better. It is a good way to keep tabs on your child’s view of their education. This question could lead to a conversation about what your child likes and dislikes about the current school year. Or maybe they will talk about the subjects they find the most stressful.
When you simply ask your students how their day was, expect a vague answer to a vague question.
These are just a few examples of more thought-provoking and specific questions you can ask that can help provide you valuable insights into your child’s school day. Click here for more information on how to talk to your kids.