What did you do in School today?  Nothing….

Sound typical?  Here’s some great ideas to get your preschooler talking!  Asking your child specific questions will help them spark their memory and pinpoint specific language scripts!  Taken from Pelligrino, J. (2014, April 16). Talk about school with your kids: Questions to ask. Retrieved from Hands on as we grow: http://handsonaswegrow.com/talk-about-school-questions-to-ask/

These questions ignite conversations beyond “fine.” At the end of the day, children get excited to share information when you give them a topic they’re excited about.

Sample questions to ask:

To give a more concrete example, here’s a set of questions that can be used to help facilitate discussions.

  • Which story did your teacher read to the class today?
  • What was your favorite part of the story?
  • What was [insert another child’s name] favorite part of the story?
  • What does your teacher have planned this week?
  • What are you looking forward to at school tomorrow?
  • What has been your most favorite activity this year (ask this at various points throughout the year)?
  • What was your favorite part of your day?
  • Did you get frustrated with anything at school today?
  • Were you able to finish all of your work today?
  • Do you have any questions that maybe your teacher couldn’t answer?
  • What did you have for lunch (or, snack)?
  • Who did you sit by during lunch? What did you all talk about?
  • Who did you play with today?
  • What are your friends doing this weekend?

 

Why it is important to talk about school with your kids?

Specific questions about activities are helpful in many ways. On one hand, the answers to these questions clue me in on whether my daughter is paying attention and focusing in school. Secondly, the answers convey whether the teacher is engaging his/her students in literature each day (something you should look for as a good component of a reading program).

Questions pertaining to social aspects provide information on social development. By asking questions about recess or group activities, you can easily understand how your child is interacting with others. In addition, these questions help to identify any issues that may be brewing amongst students.

Ultimately, if you ask your child three specific questions after school, you can gain some valuable insight. Aim to ask one academic question, one social question, and one open-ended question such as “What was your favorite part of your day?”


Pelligrino, J. (2014, April 16). Talk about school with your kids: Questions to ask. Retrieved from Hands on as we grow: Click here for website