Sunday, September 8th, 2019
Hello Redfish families,
I want to share a resource I came across that I think you might be interested. I found it by accident, but it resonated with me because in our first week of school I asked most of our students how their summer was. A surprising number of students said ‘fine’ or ‘boring’ or ‘I just played video games’… Of course I know that they did a huge range of wonderful things, it is just that in the moment it is hard to remember all of the adventures, connections and learning they experienced. I changed from ‘how was your summer?’ to something specific for each child, based on what I know they are passionate about. The answers instantly shifted to wonderful stories of exploration, accomplishment and funny mishaps. From the website mother.ly, below is an adapted list of more specific questions to ask your child if you too are sure more happened at school that day than one word can convey:
Questions a child will answer at the end of a long school day:
What did you eat for lunch?
Did you catch anyone doing something funny?
What games did you play at recess?
What was the funniest thing that happened today?
Did anyone do anything super nice for you?
What was the nicest thing you did for someone else?
Who made you smile today?
Which one of your teachers would survive a zombie apocalypse? Why?
What new fact did you learn today?
What is one interesting thing in someone’s lunch today? What was it?
What challenged you today?
If school were a ride at the fair, which ride would it be? Why?
What would you rate your day on a scale of 1 to 10? Why?
If one of your classmates could be the teacher for the day who would you want it to be? Why?
If you had the chance to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you teach the class?
Did anyone push your buttons today?
Who do you want to make friends with but haven't yet? Why not?
What is your teacher's most important rule?
What is the most popular thing to do at recess?
Does your teacher remind you of anyone else you know? How?
Tell me something you learned about a friend today.
What was your favorite subject to study today? Why?
What is one thing you did today that was helpful?
When did you feel most proud of yourself today?
What rule was the hardest to follow today?
What is one thing you hope to learn before the school year is over?
Which person in your class is your exact opposite?
Which area of your school is the most fun?
Which playground skill do you plan to master this year?
What is one challenge you overcame today?
What was the hardest thing to focus on today?
What is one subject that you will really have to stretch in and you know it might be hard?
If you were to write a book about today, what would you call it?
Thank you for reading. If you ever come across resources that you think our school might be interested in, please share them with me.
On that note, here is a link to a wonderful resource geared to families with children age 8 and under with lots of ideas of how to incorporate play: