You get in the car, or gather for a family dinner, and ask your student,
"How was your day? What did you do today? Did you learn anything new?"
To which, your little thinker replies, "I don't know," or "I don't remember."
If you're lucky, you may get a brief story about recess or P.E. or what was served for snack!
In my kindergarten classroom, I try to always end the day with a brief afternoon meeting. During the afternoon meeting, we review our schedule of the day and I ask students to "walk me through it." We pause and reflect on each portion of the day, and I invite students to share what they remember and what they learned. It is my hope that these moments spent reflecting serve as a bookend to our day together, before we sing a goodbye song and head out the door. Despite these efforts, I am aware that those reflections may not make it home to you. You, who is really very curious about your child's day and would love to know more about their little lives in those long, noisy hallways!
I came upon this list over the weekend, and thought it worth sharing. Maybe you could post these near the dinner table for the next time you hear, "I don't know!"
The Huffington Post
Blog Contribution by Liz Evans
25 Ways to Ask Your Kids "So, How Was School Today?"
Without Asking, "So, How Was School Today?"
:) Be well!