"What did you do today?"
How you can find out more about your child's day at school
Posted: 20 April 2010
by Liat Joshi
Break It Down Try asking for their three favourite things that day, or a game of taking it in turns to answer a question each about what you/ they have been up to.
Keep questions specific For example, ask: “Did you do PE in the hall or outside?”, or "What book did your teacher read to you today?"
Allow For Spontaneity Snippets of what happened during the school day might come out spontaneously at unexpected times. Children often don’t stay on the same subject for long but may revisit it later.
Tell Stories Of Your Own Day Discussing what you’ve all been up to that day over the evening meal might draw out some more stories.
Share Your Experience Talking about what you liked/ disliked at school might also help: “when I was your age, I loved singing in Mrs. Foster’s music class. Do you do anything like that?”
Read Together Reading stories about school could lead you into talking about what is the same/ different for them.
Relax Don’t worry too much about whether you’re getting the complete truth. Young children’s imaginations can be very vivid.
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