Dear Diary,

This fall, Caitlynn started school. My little girl–who wasn’t even on earth a few years before–was sitting in a classroom, learning letters, singing songs and making friends. So much goes on in the span of six hours. Although I would love to call off work and spend the day in pre-k, I have to make money to pay the tuition that posts to my bank account on the first of the month. To make sure I don’t miss out on anything, I generated a list of questions to find out how my daughter’s day went. Here are 21 questions to ask your preschooler that are guaranteed to spark a conversation.

  1. What was the best part of your day?
  2. What new word did you learn?
  3. What fun activity did you do?
  4. What story did your teacher read today?
  5. What was the story about?
  6. What letter did you practice?
  7. What things begin with that letter?
  8. What made you laugh?
  9. What was your favorite food served at lunch?
  10. What were you thankful for?
  11. What games did you play with your friends?
  12. What song did you sing?
  13. What activity did you do during circle time?
  14. Did someone do or say something silly?
  15. Did someone do or say something mean?
  16. Did you listen to your teacher?
  17. Did you cry or get upset over something?
  18. If you were the teacher, what would you teach the class?
  19. Who is your best friend and why?
  20. What didn’t you want to do?
  21. What do you want to do tomorrow that you didn’t do today?

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About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

One Response

  1. Erica @ Healthy Christian Mom


    I ask my daughter the first question on this list everyday. What was the best thing about your day. It is pretty funny. I think she works all day to have a specific answer to that question when she gets in the car. I also ask her: “What is one thing you know now that you did not know when I dropped you off this morning?” There is always never just one thing. I will definitely integrate some of these questions into our commute home after school.

    Thank so much for compiling this list:-)


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