We hear it all the time. "I ask her about her day, but I always get a one-word answer!" At CCNS we have lots of ways that we share information with families about what is happening at school, but there's nothing like hearing it from the children themselves. Janet Strasser and Lisa Mufson Bresson, authors of the book Big Questions for Young Minds: Extending Children's Thinking, have some strategies worth trying. Here's what they suggest:
"When you ask your child about school, does he often respond with "Good" or "Okay"? Here are some open-ended questions to help start a conversation about what your child did at school. None of these questions has a yes or no answer. Open-ended questions encourage your child to really think about his day. You know your child best, so if there are words your child might not yet understand, change the questions or make up new ones. Try taping these questions to the refrigerator as a reminder to ask them!"