How was your day? Fine! the typical 5 word conversation we can have with our kids if we don’t discover how to dig deeper, ask relevant questions and be in the school know.
I found a great article over on Hands on as we grow that shares tips on how to get your kids sharing more about their day when they jump in the car or run through the front door each day.
Talking about school with the kids is sometimes like teeth pulling! Julie from Reading Row, a preschool teacher, is here to share some tips and questions to ask your kids after a day at school to get an answer more than “I dunno”.
As a parent, sometimes we forget how many activities occur within a single day of school. It’s also easy to forget how important it is to understand what happens with all of these activities.
Just the other day, as I was waiting to pick up my daughter at school, I thought about the types of questions parents can ask to learn about their child’s action-packed day at school. Here’s a breakdown of how to spark discussions with your child after a day at school.
Going beyond “How was your day?”
If you’re like most parents, asking “how was your day?” is the natural way to get information after a day at school. Often, this question elicits a brief, non-descriptive response from your kindergartner or preschooler. “Fine” is usually the mumbled response you receive from your child. As a former second grade teacher and current preschool teacher, I encourage parents to take questions to another level. In fact, you can skip “how was your day?” altogether.
The article includes information on
Learning about your child’s activities
Sample questions to ask
Why it is important to talk about school with your kids?