Top Ten Questions to Ask Your Child About School

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I’m always so excited to see my kids after school but the rush of collecting kids, backpacks, and coats while talking to other parents means I don’t always connect the way I wish I had. After we get home and settle in to our routine, I try to ask the “how was your day” set of questions. There are a lot of great suggestions out there, but these are the few I’m working through this week. It’s a nice way to connect but also learn more about their experience in school while I am cooking, cleaning, or helping them with homework. Do you have any go-to questions that you ask your children?

Ten Questions to Ask Your Child About School

  1. My favorite thing to learn about in fourth grade was ______, because __________. What is your favorite thing to learn about and why?
  2. When I was in school, I used to dislike it when my teachers _________. Is there anything you don’t like about school?
  3. My favorite part of school was _______ because _________. What is your favorite part of school?
  4. When I was your age, I used to enjoy reading books about _______. What do you like to read about?
  5. When I was in school, I was once embarrassed when ___________. Does anything ever embarrass you or your friends?
  6. If you could change one thing about school, what would it be?
  7. Do you think your teacher and principal are fair to the kids in your school and to you? What could they do to be better?
  8. If you could create the perfect friend from scratch, what would they be like? Go ahead and be creative! For instance, would they have purple hair and live in a candy house?
  9. If you could create a perfect teacher, what would he or she be like?
  10. How can I help you have a great year at school? If you could tell me three things to improve, what would they be?
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