As the Summer holidays draw to a close, many children will be in a state of anxiety about moving to a new school or even to a new class, they will be thinking about having to make new friends or how to deal with a new teacher and for some children it can be an overwhelming task.
When they come home at the end of the day we often ask just one question 'How was school today?' which usually gets us the answer 'it was ok.'
Here are 50 questions we can ask that can not only open up a series of discussions but also invite thoughtful and revealing replies that allow children to share their feelings and deeper thoughts.
What made you smile today? Can you tell me an example of kindness you saw/showed?
Was there an example of unkindness?
How did you respond?Does everyone have a friend at break time?
What was the book about that your teacher read?
What’s the word of the week?
Did anyone do anything silly to make you laugh?
Did anyone cry?
What did you do that was creative?
What is the most popular game at break?
What was the best thing that happened today?
Did you help anyone today?
Did you tell anyone “thank you?”
Who did you sit with at lunch?
What made you laugh?
Did you learn something you didn’t understand?
Who inspired you today?
What was the peak and the pits?
What was your least favourite part of the day?
Was anyone in your class gone today?
Did you ever feel unsafe?
What is something you heard that surprised you?
What is something you saw that made you think?
Who did you play with today?
Tell me something you know today that you didn’t know yesterday.
What is something that challenged you?
How did someone fill your bucket today?
Whose bucket did you fill?
Did you like your lunch?
Rate your day on a scale from 1-10.
Did anyone get in trouble today?
How were you brave today?
What questions did you ask at school today?
Tell us your top two things from the day (before you can be excused from the dinner table!).
What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
What are you reading?
What was the hardest rule to follow today?
Teach me something I don’t know.
If you could change one thing about your day, what would it be?
(For older kids): Do you feel prepared for your history test?” or, “Is there anything on your mind that you’d like to talk about?” (In my opinion, the key is not only the way a question is phrased, but responding in a supportive way.)
Who did you share your snacks with at lunch?
What made your teacher smile?
What made her frown?
What kind of person were you today?
What made you feel happy?
What made you feel proud?
What made you feel loved?
Did you learn any new words today?
What do you hope to do before school is out for the year?
If you could switch seats with anyone in class, who would it be? And why?
What is your least favourite part of the school building? And favourite?
If you switched places with your teacher tomorrow, what would you teach the class?