How To Ask Your Kids About School Without Getting The Dreaded 'One-Word' Answer

August 31, 2014

Not getting the answers you're looking for from your kids? It's because you're not asking the right questions!

Two stay-at-home-moms over at Simple Simon And Company have figured out how to do it and composed this wonderful list!


Photo Credit: Holly Pacione Photography

This year Simon is in 4th grade and Grace is in 1st grade and I find myself asking them every day after school, "So how was school today?". And everyday I get an answer like "fine" or "good" which doesn't tell me a whole lot.

AND I WANT TO KNOW A WHOLE LOT!!!!

Or at get at least a full sentence.  So the other night I sat down and made a list of more engaging questions to ask about school.  They aren't perfect…but I do get at least complete sentences…and some have lead to interesting conversations…and hilarious answers…and a few insights into how my kids think and feel about their time at school.

#1.  What was the best thing that happened at school today?  (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)

#2.  Tell me something that made you laugh today.

#3.  If you could choose who would you like to sit by in class?  (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class?  Why?)

#4.  Where is the coolest place at the school?

#5.  Tell me a weird word that you heard today.  (Or something weird that someone said.)

#6.  If I called your teacher tonight what would she tell me about you?

#7.  How did you help somebody today?

#8.  How did somebody help you today?

#9.  Tell me one thing that you learned today.

#10.  When were you the happiest today?

#11.  When were you bored today?

#12.  If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed up someone who would you want them to take?

#13.  Who would you like to play with at recess that you've never played with before?

#14.  Tell me something good that happened today.

#15.  What word did your teacher say most today?

#16.  What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?

#17.  What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?

#18.  Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?

#19.  Where do you play the most at recess?

#20.  Who is the funniest person in your class?  Why is he/she so funny?

#21.  What was your favorite part of lunch?

#22.  If you got to be the teacher tomorrow what would you do?

#23.  Is there anyone in your class that needs a time out?

#24.  If you could switch seats with anyone in the class who would you trade with?  Why?

#25.  Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.

So far…my favorite answers have come from questions #12. #15, and #21.

I actually love questions like the "alien" one (#12).  They give kids a non-threatening way to say who they would rather not have in their class, and open the door for you to have a discussion to ask why, potentially uncovering issues you didn't know about before.

And the answers we get are sometimes really surprising. When I asked question #3, I discovered that one of my children didn't want to sit by a best friend in class anymore — not out of a desire to be mean or bully, but in the hope they'd get the chance to work with other people.

This was originally shared on Simple Simon And Company. For more articles like this, like their page on Facebook!

Like us on Facebook!

Click Here For The Most Popular On Sunny Skyz

feel good videoMama Ferret Really Wants Her Human To See Her Babies

feel good storiesTim Tebow's Act Of Kindness At A Baseball Game Will Warm Your Heart

feel good storiesWendy's Got Into A Hilarious Sign Battle With Pure Water

feel good storiesThis Hairy Chest Women's Swimsuit Is Selling Like Crazy

feel good stories25 Funny Married Life Memes

feel good storiesThe Actor Who Played Barney Has Finally Been Revealed

feel good videoThis Guy's Card Trick Is So Good It Makes Penn MAD!

feel good videoMama Ferret Really Wants Her Human To See Her Babies

feel good videoDisabled Former Marine Sees His Grandson In Uniform For The First Time

feel good videoThis Gorilla Dancing In A Bathtub To 'Maniac' Is The Best Thing You'll See Today

feel good videoThis Is What Happened When A Lost Kitten Strayed Into A Raccoon Feeding Area

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!