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First Day of School Questions for the Dinner Table

Today was the first day of school for the younger two (the teen has been at high school for a week now), and I can’t wait to hear all about their day! I’ll hear everything — teachers, friends, the playground, lunch, favorite subjects, dreaded school work.

I’ll ask questions and get actual answers. You know what I won’t ask? “How was school?” Because the answer will inevitably be, “Fine.” I also won’t ask what they did today. Because “nothing” is almost always the answer. The key is to ask the right questions.

This is my third first day of school inquisition in the last week, and I’ve got it down to a science. I spent 20 minutes on the phone with my nephew last week, hearing every detail of his school day. The teen told me all about her first day of high school on our hour ride home last Wednesday.

And, tonight, my new 1st and 5th graders will spill everything about their day over dinner. Here are 12 questions to spark a conversation on the first day of school:

  • What was the best part of your day?
  • Who did you sit by at lunch today?
  • What did your teacher tell you about himself?
  • Tell me something funny that happened.
  • Did you try something new today?
  • What was the most challenging part of your day?
  • What did you play on at recess?
  • How much school work did you do today?
  • Do you have a job in the classroom?
  • Are there any new rules this year?
  • Where did your friends go on summer vacation?
  • What are you most looking forward to tomorrow?

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More from Heather:
How to Get Your Kids to Tell You About Their School Day
My Formula for Packing School Lunch

More on Babble.com:
Our First Day of School Dinner Tradition

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