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Parent information – after school activities

There are many ways to support your child’s learning throughout the year.

Read, Read and Read. I cannot stress enough how important it is for your child to be reading EVERY day for at least 20 minutes. Feel free to discuss their book with them. Looking for a list of questions to use, see HERE.

Want to listen to a PODCAST? Have a discussion about different topics and stories available HERE.

Sumdog – an online Maths tool to support their understanding and practice of math concepts. Their sign-in information should be in their red home folder.

Mathletics – another online Maths tool to support your child’s understanding of Maths. Challenge your child to do “LIVE Mathletics”. They can compete against other users around the world! Sign-in information should be in their red home folder.

Have a discussion about kid-friendly current events. Go to the HOMEPAGE and scroll to the “current events” area, on the right-hand side, with kid-friendly news sites. Or ask your child about their “Peruse the News” activities they do each week.

Do you want to tap your child’s creative side? Ask them to tell a story use stopmotion. Use these resources to help get you started.

Talk to your child. Have them explain their learning and experiences at school. Looking for a place to start beyond How was your day? Check out our “CURRENT UOI” which is always at the top of the blog.

OR, feel free to use these questions prompts to get the ball rolling.

  1. What made you smile today?
  2. Can you tell me an example of kindness you saw/showed?
  3. Was there an example of unkindness? How did you respond?
  4. Does everyone have a friend at recess?
  5. What was the book about that your teacher read?
  6. What’s the word of the week?
  7. Did anyone do anything silly to make you laugh?
  8. Did anyone cry?
  9. What did you do that was creative?
  10. What is the most popular game at recess?
  11. What was the best thing that happened today?
  12. Did you help anyone today?
  13. Did you tell anyone “thank you?”
  14. Who did you sit with at lunch?
  15. What made you laugh?
  16. Did you learn something you didn’t understand?
  17. Who inspired you today?
  18. What was the peak and the pit?
  19. What was your least favorite part of the day?
  20. Was anyone in your class gone today?
  21. Did you ever feel unsafe?
  22. What is something you heard that surprised you?
  23. What is something you saw that made you think?
  24. Who did you play with today?
  25. Tell me something you know today that you didn’t know yesterday.
  26. What is something that challenged you?
  27. How did someone fill your bucket today? Whose bucket did you fill?
  28. Did you like your lunch?
  29. Rate your day on a scale from 1-10.
  30. Did anyone get in trouble today?
  31. How were you brave today?
  32. What questions did you ask at school today?
  33. Tell us your top two things from the day (before you can be excused from the dinner table!).
  34. What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
  35. What are you reading?
  36. What was the hardest rule to follow today?
  37. Teach me something I don’t know.
  38. If you could change one thing about your day, what would it be?
  39. (For older kids):  Do you feel prepared for your history test?” or, “Is there anything on your mind that you’d like to talk about?” (In my opinion, the key is not only the way a question is phrased, but responding in a supportive way.)
  40. Who did you share your snacks with at lunch?
  41. What made your teacher smile? What made him frown?
  42. What kind of person were you today?
  43. What made you feel happy?
  44. What made you feel proud?
  45. What made you feel loved?
  46. Did you learn any new words today?
  47. What do you hope to do before school is out for the year?
  48. If you could switch seats with anyone in class, who would it be? And why?
  49. What is your least favorite part of the school building? And favorite?
  50. If you switched places with your teacher tomorrow, what would you teach the class?

(List compiled from https://herviewfromhome.com/50-questions-to-ask-your-kids-instead-of-asking-how-was-your-day/)