Dad: Hey Brian, how was your first day at school?
Dad: So how is your teacher?
Dad: Anything exciting happen today?
If this conversation sounds familiar, there is an easier way to find out not only how your kids are doing, but to guarantee they’ll be successes at school.
If you say “How was school?” or “What did you do today?” you’re likely to get simple answers. Instead, ask targeted questions and you’ll do much better.
What cool things did you do today?
You’re targeting a question to ask your kid about exactly what they enjoyed most about school that day.
Who did you sit with at lunch/play with at recess?
This works well in the beginning of the year, especially as your child gets new classmates. Find out the names they drop the most, and then ask more targeted questions about who their friends are and what those kids are about.
If you help your kids with homework the night before, you can focus on specific assignments. You can ask how their lab experiment went, or presentation, or spelling test. You can also find out what interests them, and spend some time online learning about sharks, volcanoes, or dinosaurs.
Even with targeted questions to bring out the stories, kids can still reveal very little about school. People For Education zeroed in on 5 areas where parents can have the biggest impact on the success of their kids at school.
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