20 Great Questions To Ask Kids After School

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Going Beyond “How was your day?”

Parent: “How was your day?”
Child: “Fine”.
Parent: “What did you do today?”
Child: “I dunno…”

If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone! I’ve surprisingly gotten this response from my kidlets quite a bit this school year. Obviously they didn’t just do “nothing” at school all day…  as a parent, I feel it is my duty to take a special interest in my child’s day. I think it’s important to be involved, show that we care, ask questions and look for opportunities to teach whenever we can. Making this extra effort also helps stay tuned in to any problems that need to be addressed such as questionable behavior or issues that may be arising between friends . Sometimes it’s easy to get into a natural routine of simply asking “How was your day?” and nothing more. This has been the case for us lately so I decided to come up with a list of new and specific questions to get the kids talking and hopefully spark some fun conversations!

20 Great Questions To Ask Kids After School:

  1. What was your favorite part of your day?
  2. Who did you play with at recess?
  3. Did you raise your hand in class today?
  4. Who did you sit next to at lunch? What did you eat?
  5. Did you learn something new today? Can you tell me about it so I can learn too?
  6. Were you able to finish all of your work today?
  7. Who is the friendliest person in your class?
  8. Did you make any new friends?
  9. Does anyone in your class need a time out? Why?
  10. What kinds of things do you have in your desk right now?
  11. Was there anything that made you sad today?
  12. Do you have any homework that I can help you with?
  13. What are you looking forward to at school tomorrow?
  14. Tell me about something kind you did for someone today. Did someone do something nice for you?
  15. What did you do in P.E./music/library today?
  16. Did you do anything you that you don’t enjoy today? Why don’t you like it?
  17. Who is someone at school that could use a friend?
  18. Is there anything you heard at school today that you don’t understand?
  19. What are you learning about in class tomorrow?
  20. Tell me something that made you laugh today?

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to hang on your fridge for quick access!

It’s important to talk to your kids about school. Here’s why…

Kids learn, grow and develop differently and at different rates. Getting to know more about your child’s school day will not only make them feel important but it will provide you as a parent with information that you may otherwise miss out on. Specific conversations with kids may clue you in to any behavioral problems, possible developmental concerns or any social/academic issues that need your attention. It opens opportunities for you to connect and bond. You can definitely go beyond the sample questions we have listed here and come up with some great ones of your own. A variety of social, academic and open-ended questions is great way to keep things well rounded and fun!

Do you have any other great questions for kids after school? We’d love to hear your ideas!

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