Open ended questions 

"I dunno"



Open ended questions encourage your child to think about their answer and develop their language skills.  They open the door to a world of answers that aren't just one-word answers like the dreaded "I dunno", "fine" or "nothing".  It's so easy and natural to ask "How was your day?" but with questions like this it is as easy for your child to simply say "good, fine" or "alright".  Often "open ended questions" are not technically questions, but might be statements which prompt responses from your child.

To help encourage your child to think about their answer and engage in a conversation that helps develop their language skills try using open ended questions. These questions are also more likely to give you some insight into their day!  You can start by trying these 9 open ended questions after school.

9 Open ended questions to ask kids

  1. 1
    Tell me about something that was funny  & made you laugh today?
  2. 2
    Re-tell a story about the BEST part of your day.
  3. 3
    Tell me about something that made you sad or annoyed today.  
  4. 4
    What subject did you love doing today and why? 
  5. 5
    What do you think might happen tomorrow?
  6. 6
    If you could do anything and I mean ANYTHING at lunch time tomorrow what would you do?
  7. 7
    What would be THE BEST LUNCH you could have at school?
  8. 8
    I wonder if your teacher had a good day today? What makes you think that?
  9. 9
     Tell me about the thing that was the hardest today.

Let's all work together! If you have an open ended question that get's your child talking about their day share it in the comments section!

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