Encouraging your child to talk about their day

Conversations starters

By Felicity Hutton, St Leonard’s College Head of Junior School


After a full day at school, many children are exhausted and don’t want to talk in detail about their day. Whilst this can be frustrating for parents, one way of encouraging richer discussions is by using conversation starters.

Conversation starters are questions that encourage in-depth responses and promote greater connections.You may choose to use these at the dinner table or when tucking your child into bed at night.


  • What was the best part of your day?
  • Tell me something funny that happened today.
  • What was something new that you tried today?
  • What was the most challenging part of your day?
  • What did you play at recess?
  • Was there someone new that you interacted with?
  • Tell me one new thing you learned today that you didn’t know before?
  • What are you most looking forward to tomorrow?
  • When did you surprise yourself today?
  • When were you most curious and interested today?
  • I noticed on Seesaw you did ….. today. Tell me more about this.
  • What does your classroom look like at the moment?
  • What was the nicest thing you did for someone else?
  • Who made you smile today?


We encourage you to try some of these conversation starters to enjoy more insights into your child’s day and their learning experiences at school.