You: "What did you do in school today?"
Your child: "Nothing."
How many times have you heard that?? I am sure many of you can relate to the above conversation! So...to stimulate productive and engaging, thoughtful discussions with your third grader, below is a list of suggested questions to ask your child throughout the year!
One of my favorite poems...although about a five year old...can certainly apply to first graders: What Did You Do Today?
When children come home at the end of the day,
The question they're asked as they scurry to play,
Is, "Tell me, what did you do in school today?"
"NOTHING! I did NOTHING in school today!"
Maybe nothing means that I played with blocks,
Tied my own shoes, or found precious rocks.
Maybe our monarchs hatched today,
Or maybe I learned a new game to play.
Maybe today was the very first time
My scissors followed a really straight line!
Maybe I sang our song from beginning to end,
Or maybe I made a brand new friend!
When you're only five, and your heart has wings,
NOTHING can mean so many things!
General Questions to Ask Throughout the Year - Try using some of them!
-What is your class job for the next two weeks? What is your responsibility for it?
-What are the rules when you are on the playground?
-Who did you sit with at lunch today? What did you talk about?
-Who did you play with today?
- What did you read this week? What was it about? What happened in the story? Did you like the book? Why or why not?
- What was the best thing that happened at school today?
-What was the hardest thing you had to do in school today?
-Tell me something that made you laugh today.
- Who is at your table this month in class?
- Can you show me something you learned today?
- What was the most interesting thing your teacher said today?
- Which class rule did you follow the most today?
- What are you looking forward to at school tomorrow?
- Were you able to finish all of your classwork today?
- Tell me about a new word you heard at school today.
- If I called your teacher right now, what would s/he tell me about your day?
- Where did you end up on the clip chart today?
- Did you help someone today? Did someone help you today?
- Did someone do something nice for you today?
- What was your favorite lesson today?
- On a scale of 1-10, with ten being the highest, how would you rate your day? If it isn't a ten, what would make it a ten?
- If you could switch seats with anyone in class, where would you want to sit and why?
- Tell me when you used your pencil the most in school today.
-What did you learn in reading group this week?
- Did you learn something new about a classmate today?
- What special did you have today? What did you learn in the special?