As a parent, or as someone who works with children on a regular basis, it can be hard not to fall into the same habits of conversation every day. Asking kids about their day at school is one moment in which we can easily default to this familiar one:
Adult: “How was your day?”
End of conversation.
There are some really simple ways you can encourage kids to share a little more with you. The most simple of all is changing the way you ask them about their day! With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of 35 different ways you can ask “How was your day?”.
35 Ways to Ask “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. Did anything make you feel worried?
14. What was the hardest part of your day?
15. Teach me something you learned.
16. Who did you play with?
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?
26. Was anyone away?
27. What are you reading?
28. Did you see anyone feeling sad?
29. Did you help someone?
30. How would you rate your day from 1 to 10?
31. Did you feel scared or nervous at all?
32. Who did you have lunch with?
33. What is your favourite lunchtime activity?
34. What is your favourite word right now?
35. What made you feel grateful?
This awesome list of alternatives to asking “How Was Your Day?” can also be downloaded as a printable poster!
You may like to share this list with parents, include it in a class newsletter or print the poster to display outside your classroom for parents and carers to see when they are waiting at drop off and pick ups each day.