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Effective After School Talks

The drive home and the chat around the dinner table are precious moments in life. What can seem like routine daily life can be transformed into “aha” moments of learning about each other. It’s all in how we ask the questions. Below are just a few questions that help move us parents off the, “How was your day?” rock and into a more stream-of-consciousness flow of learning about each other:

  • On a scale of 1-10 (with 1 being “worst day ever” and 10 being “most awesome day!”) how would you rate today at school?  What would have made it better? What would you have changed if you could?

  • When did you have the most energy today? During a group time or during individual work time?

  •  What was your high today? What was your low?

  •  Are you more comfortable asking another Learner for help or a Guide for help when you need it?

  •  Did you help someone else today?

  • What core skills work did you do today? Do you feel you did your best work? Are you happy with your progress?

  • Play the “Two truths and a Lie” game: Each person shares three things that they did today. Two statements are true and one is a lie. The others have to guess which is a lie.

Each question can be followed up with: “Tell me more!” or “Why do you think that?” Have fun and feel free to share questions that are your favorites for getting your children to talk about their day. By listening carefully and showing genuine interest in what your children share, they’ll hopefully feel even more encouraged to keep opening up. 

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