How can you spark a post-school conversation with your young child about what they did during the day in care? The time your preschooler spends in their child daycare center is filled with lessons, explorations, and activities galore. But you want to learn more about what your child does, learns, and enjoys.
Take a look at the top conversation starters that can help them to talk about their daycare day.
Talk About Your Day
Is your child reluctant to talk about their preschool day? If they don't know where to start or what to say, act as a conversation model. Instead of jumping into their day, start with yours. Talk about what you did at work, places you visited, people you met, or anything else that might spark a conversation with your child. After you've recapped your day, ask your child to follow your lead with a few statements about their day in care.
Ask for Highs and Lows
Whether you call them highs and lows, peaks and pits, or anything else, this type of starter can help you to learn more about your child's interests, the subject areas they enjoy, the people (other children and teachers) around them, and more.
It can also help you to discover areas that challenge your child. While there are some activities your child may not like as much as others, negative feedback can also clue you into problems your preschooler has learning, socializing, or in other developmental areas (such as emotional regulation or motor skill development).
Talk To the Teacher
The teacher can provide you with first-person insight into your child's day. But that's not all. Take what the teacher says and turn their comments into conversation starters. If the teacher tells you that the class painted portraits today, ask your child open-ended questions (questions that don't have a yes or no answer) about the process they used or the activity in general. If the teacher talks about a story the class listened to, ask your child to recap the narrative or what their favorite character was.
You can use this strategy with any activity, lesson, or general experience from your child's day. Along with the information you get from the teacher about your child's day, you can also ask the early childhood educator for tips that will help your child to talk about daycare. These could include specific starters, questions to ask, or specific vocabulary to use.
Contact a local child daycare center to learn more.
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