In Australia, we are almost back to school – one week to go. We get 5 weeks break which is wonderful! But sometimes it seems to go so quickly. As I get my head back into schools again (my uni work is ongoing though so it feels like I’ve been back at work a while!), I thought I’d share a couple of questions that you might like to ask your kids on their first few days back.
Whether it’s their first year of school or their tenth, they are sometimes so busy experiencing everything that they don’t remember much when we ask ‘so what did you do today?’.
Why not try these questions instead :0)
- What was the first thing you did today?
- Who did you sit by when the roll was called?
- Which books did you write in today?
- What was maths about today?
- Who did you work with for maths?
- What books did you read today?
- Did you read it to yourself or out loud?
- What apps did you use?
- Did you get to pick your apps to use?
- What did you do on your laptop?
- Did you learn any new software? What about the websites you used?
- Did you ask any good questions?
- Who gave a good answer?
- Was there anything that made sense to you today that hasn’t before?
- Was there anything that you need to look up tonight?
- What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
- Was there anything that sucked today? (no really, our kids need to be able to tell use the not-so-good stuff too)
There is certainly no rocket science involved here. Sometimes, it’s just about asking more open questions and waiting for some answers. Even it’s just a shrug and shake of the head to begin with. Be patient, you’ll get some answers some days and none on others. That’s just the way it goes.
Asking questions lets them know we are interested though – always a good thing.
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