• Parent and Child Engagement Questions


    As a parent, we all have the same results when we ask our children, “How was school today?” and “What did you do?”  The answers are generally, “fine” and “nothing.”  So let us try something different this year!  Thanks to www.herviewfromhome.com, we have borrowed 50 great questions to help your engagement with your child.  We challenge you to try them when it has been a long school day and your little one does not want to chat.

    1. What made you smile today?
    2. Can you tell me an example of kindness you saw/showed?
    3. Was there an example of unkindness? How did you respond?
    4. Does everyone have a friend at recess?
    5. What was the book about that your teacher read?
    6. What is the word/letter of the week?
    7. Did anyone do anything silly to make you laugh?
    8. Did anyone cry?
    9. What did you do that was creative?
    10. What is the most popular game at recess?
    11. What was the best thing that happened today?
    12. Did you help anyone today?
    13. Did you tell anyone “thank you?”
    14. Whom did you sit with at lunch?
    15. What made you laugh?
    16. Was there anything in the lesson that you did not understand?
    17. Who inspired you today?
    18. What was the peak and the pit?
    19. What was your least favorite part of the day?
    • Was anyone in your class gone today?
    1. Did you ever feel unsafe?
    • What is something you heard that surprised you?
    • What is something you saw that made you think?
    • Whom did you play with today?
    • Tell me something you know today that you did not 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?
    1. How were you brave today?
    • What questions did you ask at school today?
    • Tell us your top two things from the day (before being 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 do not know.
    • If you could change one thing about your day, what would it be?
    • Who did you share your snacks with at lunch?
    • What made your teacher smile? What made her frown?
    1. 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 favorite part of the school building? And favorite?
    • If you switched places with your teacher tomorrow, what would you teach the class?
    • (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 also responding in a supportive way.)