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When I ask my 4-year-old about his day, our conversation goes something like this:
Me: How was your day?
Him: I don’t know.
Me: What did you do today?
Him: I don’t remember.
Some time ago I read or heard a tip that has helped with this conversation. Ask relevant questions like:
- Who did you sit next to at lunch today?
- Did you read a book?
- Did you get a job at school today?
- What letter are you learning?”
This has helped tremendously since school has started back. I also use the aid of a curriculum sheet. Each week his teacher writes out what topic they are learning in each subject. It’s not much in terms of exactly what they are doing, but she lists books they are reading, words they are learning, and fun things they are doing. It gives me a point of reference to ask the specific questions. When I refer to the weekly sheet to ask my questions our conversations about school are much more productive and informative.
Even if you don’t know specifically what your child is learning each day,Â you can still take time to ask some specific questions about a subject or topic you know they enjoy to get them talking. Any answer is better than, “I don’t know.”