Printable After School Question Cards

25 Great Questions to

Ask Your Kids After School

 

“How was school today?”

“Good.”

“What did you do?”

“Ummm… I don’t remember.”

If that conversation is sounding a little too familiar, then you are going to love today’s post. We teamed up with our talented Diva Designer, Crystal from A Well Feathered Nest to bring you a fun and easy way to open up the communication with your kids!  Introducing our…

Printable After School Question Cards

Free Printable After School Question Cards and Jar Labels

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I’ll be honest, I was a nervous wreck sending my little girl to Kindergarten this year.  I thought it would be easier since she’s my second, but it really wasn’t. Worrying just seems to come with this whole mom gig. Before she left for school, she was with me 24/7. I always knew what she was doing, who she was playing with, and how she was feeling. And then suddenly, she was gone all day and I felt a little disconnected and in the dark. I’m sure most moms can relate to all the worries running through my mind.

Was she making friends and fitting in?  Did she have a good teacher?  Was she understanding what she was being taught?  Did she feel loved?  Was she happy?

I think we all know that communication with your children is so important! But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Sometimes getting information out of them can be like pulling teeth. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way. All it takes is a little intentional effort and a couple minutes of your time.

Start a New After School Tradition

My girls and I started our own little after school tradition this year – the “After School Questions Jar.” And I have seriously loved how it’s opened up the communication. It’s super easy  too!

Just take a look at the pretty pictures Diva Chrissy (the talented photographer behind Christine Naomi Photography) took to show…

How It Works:

After school, each of my girls takes a turn picking three questions out of our “After School Questions Jar” to answer.

FREE Printables for an After School Questions Jar

Instead of the general “What did you do today?” our jar is full of specific questions.

For example…

What did you do to help someone today?

Who is someone at school who needs a friend?

Who did you play with at recess today?

Who did you eat lunch with today?

Tell me something that made you laugh today.

When were you happiest today?

When were you frustrated today?

When were you bored today?

25 Questions to Ask After School to Start a Conversation With Your Kids

Now, not every question leads to a long conversation. Sometimes they just give a simple one sentence answer. And that’s okay! However, sometimes it leads to them sharing a worry or concern that we can talk about or even a happy success that we can celebrate together. There are often little teaching moments in our after-school time together that I wouldn’t have found if I wasn’t asking questions and listening.

Fun after school idea to get the kids talking!

My girls think it’s just a fun game we play, but for me it’s a lot more than that. It’s all about creating a close relationship where they know they can ask and tell me anything. I figure if I start now, they’ll be a lot more likely to keep talking to me later. One of my very favorite quotes is…

“Listen earnestly to anything [your children] want to tell you, no matter what. If you don't listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won't tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.” -Catherine M. Wallace

It’s so true! The little things in life really are the big things! Luckily, little efforts and changes can bring big results and rewards. See for yourself…

 

Make your own “After School Questions Jar!”

All you have to do is download, print, cut out the FREE printables, and toss it all in an adorable jar like this! We’ve included the jar labels and 25 questions cards already done for you. {Because we love you!}

Free Printable After School Question Cards and Jar

We’ve even included some blank cards for you to write your own questions, too.

Printable After School Question Cards

Pssstt… before you download these fun printables – make sure to stop by A Well Feathered Nest and see the other darling designs Crystal has for you!

About the Author: Becca

Besides my hilariously witty husband, I love a good book, sappy songs, old black-and-white movies, cute crafts, and all things chocolate. I have four (seriously adorable) little kiddos at home and they definitely keep life at home FUN!

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10 Responses to Printable After School Question Cards

  1. Hi there!
    These look gorgeous and are such a great idea. I’m a school counsellor and I’d love to share it with my new kindergarten parents – how would you like me to do so? Would you mind if I print a copy for them?
    Thanks!

    1. So glad you like them Hannah and thanks for asking! Yes, you are free to use and print as many as you want for personal use. As long as you don’t sell them or say they are your own designs, you’re good to go! Hope your new kindergarten parents love them! 🙂

  2. I work in a daycare mainly with 24-30 months, but also in the older afterschool (gr 3-4). I have always asked the older kids about their day at school and recently started challenging them to use their initials to tell me 2 things about their day. I am going to try these questions this week and see how it goes.

    1. Hi Mary! If you scroll down to the bottom of the post you’ll see “Click to Download” in white text on a pink background. When you click on that, the download will open in a separate page. 🙂