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
- My favorite thing to learn about in fourth grade was ______, because __________. What is your favorite thing to learn about and why?
- When I was in school, I used to dislike it when my teachers _________. Is there anything you don’t like about school?
- My favorite part of school was _______ because _________. What is your favorite part of school?
- When I was your age, I used to enjoy reading books about _______. What do you like to read about?
- When I was in school, I was once embarrassed when ___________. Does anything ever embarrass you or your friends?
- If you could change one thing about school, what would it be?
- 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?
- 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?
- If you could create a perfect teacher, what would he or she be like?
- How can I help you have a great year at school? If you could tell me three things to improve, what would they be?