We’ve been doing this whole school thing for approximately six months now and if there’s one thing I’ve learnt in that time, it’s that children rarely give anything more than one-word answers about their school day.
I’ll pick B up from his grandparents after school and our conversation will usually go something like this:
Me: How was your day?
Me: What did you do today?
B: I can’t remember… And don’t say ‘But you’ve only just got out of school’ because I haven’t, silly!
He’s too smart. (And sassy.)
Their attention span may be short, but five year-old’s can hold on to more information about their school day than we give them credit for; there are an abundance of things that B will talk about regularly that have happened months ago. And if it’s something he’s excited about, the boy will chew your ear off for a good hour on one subject (and his favourite thing at the moment? Bullet trains.) However five year-old’s can also be super lazy. I’ve found I can get much more conversation out of my son if the questions I ask him are little more direct, to spark further conversation.
Questions to ask about the school day
Who did you play with at break time?
What games did you play in class?
Did anyone make you laugh?
Tell me about something you learnt.
Did you learn any new letters / words / diagraphs today?
What did you eat for lunch? Who did you sit with?
Tell me about the best part of your day.
I try to vary what I ask or how I phrase the question, otherwise B is too smart and will always second guess what I’m going to ask him at the end of the school day!