When you ask your child what he or she did in school, does your child say "Nothing"


The Trick is to ask about things that are specific, but still open-ended. Get your child to describe his world. It's also great to start the conversation with an anecdote from your own day. Try one of these conversation-starters:

  • Tell me about the best part of your day.

  • What was the hardest thing you had to do today?

  • Did any of your classmates do anything funny?

  • Tell me about what you read in class.

  • Who did you play with today? What did you play?

  • Do you think math (or any subject) is too easy or too hard?

  • What’s the biggest difference between this year and last year?

  • What rules are different at school than our rules at home? Do you think they’re fair:

  • Who did you sit with at lunch?

  • Can you show me something you learned (or did) today?

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