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25 Fresh New Ways to Ask "How Was Your Day?"

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Updated | 2 min read

You know that a school day is filled with hours and hours of engaging activities and active learning. But when the average kid gets home from school, and their parents ask what they did all day, the conversation tends to go something like this:

Parent: What’d you do at school today?
Kid: Nothing.

Nothing!? What about that moment when all the pieces came together, and your student finally understood a maths concept they’ve been struggling with.

Or that moment when you saw a bunch of (metaphorical) lightbulbs turn on all around the room during your lesson on sound and its properties?

There are magic moments happening every day in schools all across the country, so we decided it was time to help teachers out a bit! Here’s a list of 25 ways to ask a child “how was your day” and get real responses!

Teach Starter Teacher Tip: Print out a list of these questions plus 10 more, and send it home to the parents in your classroom!


Different Ways to Ask Kids “How Was Your Day?”

  1. What is something you did today that you’d love to do every day?
  2. What do you know today that you didn’t know yesterday?
  3. Tell me something that made you laugh.
  4. Did anything make you feel frustrated?
  5. What was the best thing that happened?
  6. Did you find out anything interesting?
  7. What made you smile?
  8. What was the most creative thing you did?
  9. Did everyone have someone to play with?
  10. What was your least favourite part of the day?
  11. Did you do something kind for someone?
  12. Did someone do something kind for you?
  13. What was the hardest part of your day
  14. Teach me something you learned.
  15. Who did you play with?
  16. Did anything make you feel worried?
  17. What made your teacher smile?
  18. Did anything make your teacher frown?
  19. Did you learn any new words?
  20. What made you feel happy?
  21. Did anything make you feel sad?
  22. What made you feel proud?
  23. Did anyone do anything silly?
  24. Did you give anyone a hug?
  25. What did you find difficult?

This awesome list of alternatives to asking “How Was Your Day?” can also be downloaded as a printable poster!

Do you have some other great after-school conversation starters you’d like to share in the comments below?

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  • Cindy Meyer
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    We use rose flower, bud and thorn. What was the flower (the good thing), what was a good start or might develop into something good (bud) and what was a thorn?

    • Kristian
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      Hi Cindy, I like this! Thanks for your comment.

  • Nichole
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    What mistakes did you make today? What successes did you have?

    • **********************
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      Thank you! They are great open-ended conversations starters, for sure!

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