ASK DIRECTED QUESTIONS:
"How was school?" "Fine." This is probably how most parents and children talk about the school day. Depending on whether a child processes out loud or internally can determine how you approach your child. If your child processes out loud ask more directed questions like "Tell me 2 things you liked and two things you didn't. What was the funniest thing that happened?" Tell your inverted child that before the night is over you would love to have them share 3 things that that happened at school.
Be part of the 6 hours your child spends at school by using your questions in a way that helps them share their day with you.
Some sample questions might be:
- Tell me about the best part of your day.
- What was the hardest thing you had to do today?
- Did any of your classmates do anything funny?
- Tell me about what you read in class.
- Who did you play with today? What did you play?
- Do you think math [or any subject] is too easy or too hard?
- What was one thing that was awesome & one that you didn't like.
- Who did you sit with at lunch?
- Can you show me something you learned (or did) today?
- Did you learn anything that helped you see God in the world?