By: Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP
By now, almost everyone has started back to school! It’s such an exciting time and as parents we want our children to tell us every little detail. However, our excited, “so… tell me about your day!” questions are usually met with a lot of, “I don’t know” and “I don’t remember” answers. Even if your child doesn’t have any difficulties with language, it can be hard to get them to spill the beans about their day! Here are some tips and tricks for getting a dialogue going with your child about his/her day at school.
· Avoid using open-ended statements like, “Tell me about your day.” Instead ask specific questions like “did you have gym today?” “what game did you play in gym?” or “what book did you read at circle time?”
· Know about your child’s school day so it is easier to ask specific questions. If you need to know what your child’s daily/weekly class schedule looks like, just ask the teacher!
· If you have a younger child that you drop off/pick up in the classroom, look around the classroom to see what they are working on. Use what you see in the classroom to come up with some questions to ask. “I saw that there were some books and a poem about fall in your classroom – did you learn about fall today? What did you learn?”
· Start a nightly tradition of asking the same question every night at dinner. For example “tell your high moment of the day and your low moment of the day” or “tell one thing that made you happy today and one thing that made you mad”. By asking the same questions every night your child will know what to expect and may start thinking about his/her answers earlier. Also, by including everyone at the table in the question-answering, it can provide good models for your child to learn how to answer.
Whatever strategies you use, I hope you are able to generate some good conversation and language about your child’s time at school! Good luck and happy back-to-school!
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Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP
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