We’ve all asked these questions and we’ve all had the same responses.
What did you do at school today? Nothing. Or I don’t remember.
Did you learn anything new today? No. Or I don’t remember.
How was school today? Fine. Or I don’t remember.
I sometimes think it would be easier to interrogate a KGB spy than to get a kid to answer one of these 3 questions.
I’m here to help you though! It’s all about asking the right questions! Ok, this was not my idea, actually this comes from Ellie’s teacher this year. When I first read these questions, I was doubtful. I gave it a shot any how. What did I have to lose?
I have to say, it’s nice to actually have a conversation with Ellie about school at the end of the day now.
1. Who did you eat lunch with today?
2. Who did you play with on the playground today?
3. Did your teacher read a book today? Which one? Can you tell me what it’s about?
4. What did you do in reading today?
5. Did you have PE or Music today?
It doesn’t have to be the exact questions. Basically, just make sure you’re specific. Once you get them talking this jogs their memory and the other questions will naturally fall into place. Once the conversation starts, it will organically grow.
Another little tip. Keep it positive on your end. If there is something going on in class, it may bother you more than your child. Your child will tell you if there is something bothering them.
Good luck! I’d love to hear your feed back!