Engaging in conversations is an important aspect of developing social skills. When students participate in conversations, they build social and emotional learning competencies and executive function skills. When learning in a remote or home-based environment, students may have fewer opportunities to interact with others. Since conversation builds confidence and fuels next steps, it is important to incorporate time for it every day.
If your child is engaged in home-based or remote learning, chances are you will hear and/or see pieces of instruction throughout the day. Use this information as openings for conversations beyond, "What did you do at school today?"
Talk About the Day
You have news to share, too! Once your child shares information, reciprocate by describing something about your day. Model the give and take of a conversation for your child. Get the whole family involved.
Gather the family together (in-person or virtually) and try out some conversations starters like:
If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
Would you rather... or...? Why?
What is your idea of the perfect day?