We all know the scenario: you pick up your adorable love at preschool, and hoping to glean a bit about what went on during your time apart, ask "How was school today?"
Common answers include: "Fine," "Good," and "Did you bring me a snack?"
Not exactly informative.
So how does one elicit stories about school from a two, three or four-year-old? Especially the contrarian kind? (Aren't all preschoolers contrarians?)
After a lot of experimenting and consulting with teachers and other parents who know what they're doing, we've come up with some questions that work most of the time. We say most of the time, because if a preschooler wants to stay mum, that's what a preschooler will do. Until a comment or story slips out inadvertently when you're talking about something else entirely. Like finishing up your green beans.
Anyway, the trick with these questions seems to be specificity. Ask as concrete a question as you can. And if you know a little bit about a project or event going on at school, ask about that. Otherwise, one of these ten questions will probably get your little one going. (Careful what you wish for!)
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