Teachers spend the day trying to create memorable learning opportunities for children. Parents collect their child from school, eager to hear about the fun of the day. The standard question “How was your day?” elicits a bored “nothing” or “good” from the sweet little cherubs. You try again: “What did you do today?” and again you hear the same bored: “Nothing”. What next? How do you entice your child to volunteer more detail about their day at school? You know they’ve played, they’ve had various learning opportunities. They’ve even eaten lunch!

Next time, try being more specific with your questions. Keep your questioning open-ended so your child needs to divulge more than just a “yes” or “no”.

Here’s a list of questions to help you out:

  1. What made you happy today?
  2. Who made you laugh today?
  3. What did you do that was creative?
  4. Where’s the best place to play in the playground?
  5. What did you do that made you feel proud?
  6. Who did you help today?
  7. Who helped you today?
  8. What was the best thing you ate today?
  9. What book did your teacher read today?
  10. What new word did you learn?
  11. Was it anyone’s birthday today?
  12. Who did you play with outside?
  13. What made you feel confused today?
  14. What did your teacher do that was funny?
  15. What did you do that was kind?
  16. What was difficult about today?
  17. What was easy about today?
  18. What superpower did you wish you had today?
  19. Who did you sit next to while you ate lunch?
  20. What didn’t you like about today?
  21. What did your teacher do that was nice?
  22. What was something interesting you learned today?
  23. What was the hardest thing you learned today?
  24. What book did you read today?
  25. What part of today would you like to do again tomorrow?

It’s also a great idea to give your child some time after school before you start asking about their day. Kids are usually tired after a busy day of learning. Sit down with them and have a snack together. They’ll probably be more inclined to share information with you if they have your undivided attention.

What questions do you ask your children? Leave a comment below to let me know!


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