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30 Questions to Ask Your Child at the End of the School Day

Would you like to hear more than a one word answer from your child about his or her school day?  To help get the conversation going, make your questions interesting, fun, silly!

Here are a few suggestions when your child gets home from school:

  1. Who did you sit with at lunch?
  2. What made you laugh or smile?
  3. What new and interesting fact did you learn today?
  4. Whose lunch would you have liked to trade with?
  5. What does your school do to address the needs of children with allergies in the cafeteria?
  6. What was the most difficult part about your day?
  7. What makes you most proud about your day?
  8. What is the hardest school/classroom rule to follow?
  9. If you were the teacher, what new rule would you make?
  10. Does anyone have a hard time following the rules?
  11. What did you do in your free time/recess?
  12. Did anyone seem sad today?
  13. Out of your classmates, who is your opposite, and why?
  14. Out of your classmates, who is most like you, and why?
  15. Who is the funniest kid in your class/grade?
  16. How did you help someone today?
  17. Who helped you today, and how?
  18. Who/what made you upset today?
  19. Who do you wish would go to a different school, and why?
  20. Who do you not know well that you would like to get to know?
  21. If you could do the school day over, what would you do differently?
  22. If you could add a subject, what would it be?
  23. Have any of your classmates accomplished something unusual?
  24. What was the funniest thing that happened today?
  25. Out of your classmates, who do you wish was the teacher for a day?
  26. Have you ever seen anything inappropriate in the bathroom?
  27. Did you do anything especially nice for someone today?
  28. Did anyone do anything especially nice for you?
  29. Who is a leader in your class?
  30. Who do you think you can help tomorrow? Make smile?

Hopefully, these questions will lead to more than a one word answer and result in some interesting conversation.  You could print these out on a piece of paper, cut them up, and then put them in a “Question Jar” to answer a few a day.  Add your own questions, and some questions that your child can ask of YOU.  And on the days that your child does not feel like talking, a simple “I missed you. I’m happy you’re home” and a hug goes a long way.

What questions would you add???

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