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25 Questions to Ask Your Kids After School Besides: How was your day?

My cousin and I had lunch over the weekend and were chatting about our preschool aged children and their first week of school. We talked about how difficult it can be to have our kids tell us about their day beyond, “it was good” or “it was fun”. I know they want to tell us about their school days… they’re obviously not the age yet where they don’t want to talk to mom. It got me thinking: sometimes it’s even hard for me to get my 2nd grader to tell me about her day.

So here are 25 probing questions you can ask your kids without saying, “How was your day?”

  1. What made you laugh today?
  2. Did anyone do something silly?
  3. Did you witness an example of kindness today?
  4. Did anyone cry?
  5. Did you use your imagination today?
  6. Did you get to do anything creative? If they don’t understand the word creative yet: Did you get to use paint or color?
  7. Did you help anyone out today?
  8. Did you say ‘thank you’ today?
  9. What part of the day was unpleasant? Or what did you not like about today?
  10. Did anyone miss school today from your class?
  11. Who did you sit next to at lunch?
  12. Who did you play with at recess?
  13. Did the teacher get upset with the class today?
  14. Did you raise your hand today to ask a question?
  15. Did you feel brave and strong today?
  16. What was your favorite part of your lunch?
  17. Did anyone from your class get in trouble today?
  18. Who was the line leader today?
  19. Did you play outside today?
  20. What were the 2 best parts of your day?
  21. Teach me something new.
  22. What was your least favorite part of the school day?
  23. Did you feel happy today?
  24. If you could be the teacher, what would you teach the class?
  25. How are you feeling about going back tomorrow (or Monday)?

 

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