Great question but is it huge, too much, too broad?
We all want to know something about what happened while we are apart. We all want to learn more about the thoughts of the people we love. We all want to share our experiences and be heard.
What opening starters might help initiate meaningful conversations after a big day?
Slipping easily into talking about weather conditions is common and OK but the weather is the weather. Should it be our main topic if we want meaningful interactions?
A few helpful ideas might help promote engaging conversations.
Perhaps asking who was the Friend of the Day (FOD)? This is a big responsibility at Sugarwood School. The FOD loves performing these important leadership skills. The FOD leads most of our morning activities: choosing songs, counting the number of days in school, reading our sentences, hiding something in the box, reading us a book at Storylove time, leading mindfulness practice and lots more . . . These lead into engaging topics of conversation. ( And if not now, perhaps later. . . Each of us wants to be heard, to share, to feel valued. So not tomorrow or the next day, but later today!)
A few other ideas are:
Would you like to make up a story to tell me?
Would you like to share something you thought was really fun that happened today? What was it like for you?
Would you like to teach me something? (Perhaps a new word in Spanish, ASL or Japanese? A new idea or thought?)
Would you like to share what you are grateful for right this moment?
Did you read something interesting today?
Did anything catch your imagination in a book or in the words to a song today? Do you want to tell me about it/sing it to me/teach it to me?
What songs did you play on the recorder/violin? What tap steps did you practice? Can you teach me?
Would you like to tell me about the book Peggy read? What or who it was about?
What was super interesting/fun for you today?
Remembering to be completely present when we engage in conversation appears fundamental . . . If we need to be doing something else, let’s wait until we have time to be fully present.
Important conversations don’t need to be long, they just need to happen.
Active listening is key to the quality our relationships. Full-out, open minded, attentive listening skills are essential to meaningful interactions. Listening skills take focused practice like the other important aspects of wellness.
Practice sharing helps us verbalize what we learned today.