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Parent perusal
Southside ISD students and their mother examine a computer program the boy in the hat created.

I’ve learned a few things as a mom that have helped my girls open up more about school. My usual questions used to be, “How was school today?” Their response–“okay, good, fine.” “What did you do at school today?” Their response–“I don’t know. Nothing. I don’t remember.” What?! I know their teachers are engaging their minds and I sure want to know all about it!

What I learned is that I needed to ask very specific questions and keep asking until they respond, such as:

  • What book did your teacher read to you today? Tell me about the dinosaurs in the book (or whatever the book was about).
  • Tell me about your friends–who did you eat lunch with today?
  • What made you laugh at school today?
  • How were you a good friend today?
  • Did anything make you sad at school today?

In this week’s Parent Perusals, I’ve shared some good quality questions that can get your child to open up and share what they are learning and experiencing at school! Have them handy for the commute in the car or as you eat dinner together.

I also share some tips for you as a parent to provide some guidance on what questions to ask your child’s teachers to help you know what is expected during the school year and how you can help support your child at home! Very important!

When parents and children talk regularly about school, children:

•Perform better academically;

•Tend to have fewer behavioral problems;

•Have better attendance; and

•Are more likely to complete school.

Enjoy the Back to School Conversations!

~Kimberly Baumgardner, ESC 20

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