2015 Sept 02: Communicate with your Child

Our world is in constant change with various innovations that were unheard of 20 years ago. But, one thing that hasn’t changed is our need for effective communication with our children. This week Sandee Calame, our Rockdale Elementary Principal, would like to provide some thought provoking questions that parents can ask their children to achieve more thoughtful responses when they come home from school.

How many times have you asked your child, “What did you learn in school today?” Quite often they utter a word or mumble an incoherent sentence.Here are a few ideas from Terry Heick: When were you most creative today? What does a successful day at school look like to you? How else could you have learned what the teacher taught? How do your teachers show they care? What do you know, and how do you know it? When did you surprise yourself today?What would you like to know more about? What is the most important thing you learned today? Tell me one chance you took today, and how it ended up. What is one thing you learned from a book? What is one thing you learned from a friend? What is one thing you learned from a teacher? Tell me your favorite moment at school today. What did you improve today? Did you experience anything at school that motivates you to make a difference in the world?

Talking with your child is great for oral language and helps your child with their thinking and learning. Even when you think your child is not listening they hear more than you think. Good luck!