Open-ended questions to get your child talking about school

If you find it anything but easy to get your child talking about their day at school, you’re not alone.

The usual conversation in many households or school pick ups could sound something along the lines of “How was school?” “good…” “What did you learn?” “I don’t remember…”

Receiving the same three word answers over and over can often become disappointing.

Sometimes our children might be tired, or not in the mood to answer questions after school, and that’s ok. But if you’re looking to take a deeper dive and determine a way to find out more about their day, try asking some open-ended questions.

Try these eight open-ended questions

  1. What was your favourite part of your day, and why?
  2. What made you laugh today?
  3. What did you do at lunchtime?
  4. Who did you have the most fun with, and why?
  5. What’s something you learnt that you didn’t know before?
  6. What are you looking forward to about tomorrow?
  7. What did you do that made you feel proud today?
  8. Who would you like to sit next to in class?
  9. What did your teacher do that was funny?
  10. What made you really happy today?

These are just a start. Each day you could aim to focus on 1-2 different questions, focussing on ones that will give you a variety of answers to better understand your child, and their school-life.

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