Now that school is back in full swing, I’m curious to hear from my kids about how things are going at school. With two teenage girls and one pre-teen boy, starting a conversation about the school day that goes beyond a one word answer can sometimes take some finesse. Often they are tired at the end of the day, and they are still sorting out their new school year routines with schedules, new constellations of friends, etc., and I find that it is helpful to stick to pretty “safe” topics while still encouraging them to open up.
Scholastic.com has published these ten questions to ask you child about the school day as suggestions to get the conversation flowing. I tried several of them last night as I was saying goodnight to my kids, and they led to some good talks.
- Tell me about the best part of your day.
- What was the hardest thing you had to do today?
- Did any of your classmates do anything funny?
- Tell me about what you read in class.
- Who did you play with today? What did you play?
- Do you think math [or any subject] is too easy or too hard?
- What’s the biggest difference between this year and last year?
- What rules are different at school than our rules at home? Do you think they’re fair?
- Who did you sit with at lunch?
- Can you show me something you learned (or did) today?