Do you wish you would hear more than a quick “good” when you ask your child “How was school today?” Do you wonder how the bus ride or walk to and from school is going? Wondering how to talk about bullies, assignments, the new teacher or that test that is coming up?
Children actually love to talk about their day and what they are doing, but sometimes it takes a little bit of prompting and creating a relaxed and welcoming environment to get to all that information flowing. Plus, children really respond well when we really listen by paraphrasing what we heard, and just taking the time to be there and not so much trying to fix or weigh-in on everything. Talking about school daily is a really great opportunity for children to feel like parents care and to share important information about their life.
These questions are some examples of fun, open and even serious questions that typically encourage children to share the most about their day – the good, the not so good and even the really tough stuff like talking about bullies, worries and fears about school.
25 Questions That Encourage Children to Talk about School
1. What was your favorite part about school today?
2. What activity did you like the most today? And the least?
3. What did you think of the first assignment you had to do today?
4. If you could do any moment at school over today, what would it look like?
5. What was the funniest thing that happened in your class today?
6. Which assignment/activity did you feel most confident about today?
7. How is it going with your school activities and assignments?
8. What’s the most interesting thing you heard at school today?
9. If you could change just ONE thing about school, what would that be?
10. What made you laugh/worry/smile in school today?
11. What 3 words would you use to describe your best friend in school?
12. If you were stranded on a deserted island with one person from your school, who do you wish that would be? How come?
13. If you had $1,000 to buy something for your school, what would you buy and where would you put it?
14. What qualities do you like most about your teacher?
15. What is something your teacher said to you today that you are still thinking about?
16. If you could plan tomorrow’s lesson, what would you make it all about?
17. Who did you play with/talk with at school today?
18. What is your best friends favorite part of school? Is that the same for you or different?
19. If a famous person could come to teach a class at your school, who would that be and what should they teach?
20. What parts of school today went by the fastest? Slowest?
21. When I went to school there were some kids that were a bit mean, teasing and such…have you noticed anything like that at your school?
22. There was a boy/girl in my school when I was in grade x that was bullied all the time, I never quite new what to do about that. Have you ever felt that way?
23. Was there anything you wanted to learn more about today but didn’t have time to ask the teacher about?
24. What is your favorite spot in your school/classroom?
25.What are you looking forward to learning in school tomorrow/this month/this year?
Talking to children about school gives us a really wonderful opportunity to discover how our children are doing, adjusting, learning and getting along with peers and teachers. So, has your child shared a special moment about school with you this year?
Happy Back to School!
Peace & Be Well,
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