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Going Beyond “How Was Your Day?”

Wednesday, 11 September, 2019 - 2:44 pm

Going Beyond “How Was Your Day?”

Do’s and Don’ts for sparking real conversations about the school day


Compiled from: Nermeen Dashoush, PhD, Chief Curriculum Officer, Marco Polo World School


If you ask your preschooler or kindergartner what happened in school today, you’re often likely to get one of these popular non-answers: “Nothing” or “I don’t know."  It’s a broad question and likely your child doesn’t know where to begin explaining what happened in their busy day! 


Below are some Do's and Don'ts for engaging your child in more substantive conversations about their day:


Do: Share events from your own day

This is a two-way conversation. Share something about your day. This will help them learn how to share things with you. After a while, trading stories will become a natural part of your relationship.


Do: Trigger their memories

Teachers are increasingly sharing pictures from the school day on parent portals and private social media accounts. Show your child these photos and ask to hear about what was happening in them. 

Don't: Ask Yes or No questions

Did you have fun at school today? Yes. Ask a yes or no question and you’ll get a yes or no answer. Try more open-ended questions such as "What did you think was fun at school today?" “Who were you nice to during recess?” “Who did you sit next to at lunch?” 


Do: Make a plan before school

Give your child something to look for throughout the day. For example, tell them to find someone they see smiling that day. This will allow your child to identify topics for discussion throughout the day and even help them notice things that they might have otherwise overlooked.

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