As we approach the end of the school term we know that lots of learning has happened at school as well as new experiences. Unfortunately sometimes when we ask our children about these experiences we sometime get a simple yes or no answer which tells us very little about their day which can become a little disappointing or frustrating for parents to hear.
Here are 10 questions you can now ask your child which will hopefully generate some interesting conversations. Happy times!!!!
Enjoy the break and happy reading,
10 Questions to Ask That Gets Kids Talking About School
BY JOSH BOBBERMEN
It is not always easy to get information from your child about how their school day was. A typical after-school conversation might go a little something like this:
“How was your day?”
“What did you do?”
You continue on with your afternoon or evening with no further information than that, feeling frustrated or disappointed that your child doesn’t want to talk to you about school at all.
If you are tired of repeating this process each day with no change, it might be time to start thinking about some other questions to ask instead. Leading with a question that requires more than a simple yes or no is a great way to open a conversation and get your child talking about their day.
Try one or more of these 10 questions tomorrow and see how your child reacts:
- What was the best thing you did today?
- What was something different that happened today?
- What made you laugh?
- Who did you play with?
- What are you looking forward to about tomorrow?
- What did you learn about in music/PE/library?
- What’s something your teacher said to you today that made you think?
- If you could change one thing that happened today, what would it be?
- What part of your day went the slowest? Why?
- What games did you play at lunchtime?
Of course, if your child does not want to talk about school, you should respect that too. Some children need a little space and time to relax after school before they are ready to talk about it and by giving them a little space, they might be more willing to open up later.
By asking meaningful questions and really listening to the answers, you can get to know a lot about your child and how they are doing at school. It also creates a great connection between you, showing your child that you care about their wellbeing and are taking time to hear about how their day has gone.
NO BULLYING WEEK
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA).
This week at St Augustine’s, we will Take Action Together and share the Bullying. No Way! Message with school communities across the nation.
Student will be partaking in activities that promote and discuss what ‘Bullying No way’ looks like for students and families at St Augustine’s. Some students will also be presenting information about this message at whole school assemblies.
Students will be given bracelets with the ‘No Bullying’ message as a reminder of how we need to behave at St Augustine’s. This is also a great opportunity for you to discuss this message with your child at home and what this means for our school community.
How to talk to your children about Coronavirus?
Michael Carr Gregg, a leading Melbourne Psychologist, looks at how to talk to your children about the virus to alleviate any anxiety or concerns.
Click on the link below to view the short video: