As the school year comes to a close, I’m going to share with you the end-of-school interview questions I use with my kiddos. It’s a short list of only 20 questions, but the answers will last a lifetime.
Before I share though, take a peek at this end-of-school checklist before things get crazy. It helped me remember all the mom stuff I need to do to help minimize the stress that comes with the end of the school year.
Creating Lasting Memories With an End-of-School Interview
Picture this: years from now, your child opens a box you’ve kept for them that’s filled with mementos from their school days. There will be packets of school photos you never gave away, pictures they drew on construction paper, and report cards. They may even find a precious craft they made with an old soapbox.
The very best thing they may find among the keepsakes is the end-of-school-year interviews you did with them each year. They’ll love remembering all the things that happened and the feelings they had.
How To Get The Best Answers
I’m going to share the end-of-school interview questions I ask my kids because they’ve worked so well for us.
Find a time to talk about their year when they’re pretty chill. Make sure they’re rested and in a good mood or you might get answers that make the school year seem like a horrible nightmare they barely escaped.
Ask each question and give them plenty of time to think it over and answer. The questions I have for you are written to prevent those one-word answers kids are famous for.
After Your End-of-School Questions and Answers
Once you’re all done, you can easily transform their answers into a tangible keepsake. You could compile the list of answers each year in a beautiful binder or scrapbook or maybe put them in a cute box you decorate together.
Don’t forget to share the joy! Make copies of the answers as sweet gifts for grandparents or other family members, like favorite aunts and uncles.
20 End-of-School Interview Questions
- What was the funniest thing you can remember that happened during recess?
- Tell me about a time when you felt proud of yourself for something you did in school.
- What’s your favorite memory about lunchtime?
- Think about a book you read this year that you really liked. Tell me the title and why you liked it so much?
- What was the hardest part about getting up every morning to go to school?
- What were your favorite after-school snacks?
- If you could magically be any teacher in your school, who would it be and why did you choose them?
- Did you face any fears this year? Tell me about them.
- What were some of the nice things you did this year for your friends or classmates?
- Who was your favorite teacher? Did you help your teacher sometimes? What did you do?
- Think about a time when someone in school was kind to you. Who were they and what did they do?
- What new things did you try this year?
- Who was the funniest kid in your class, and what kinds of things did they do?
- What was one thing you learned this year that made you go, “Wow!”?
- Name some things you liked or didn’t like about your teacher?
- What project or activity at school did you really like? What was it and why did you like it so much?
- Did you make any new friends this year? Who were they? Was it hard or easy to make friends?
- Did you see anyone get hurt at school this year? What happened?
- Describe your principal. Was he (or she) nice or grumpy or funny?
- What will you miss most about school this summer?
And finally, if you want to throw in just one more end-of-school question, try this one. What’s one question you want to ask ME about the school year?
Sher Bailey is a writer in the Midwest who believes the power of humor, Mod Podge, and grandkids can fix most problems in life. You can find her at SherBailey.com.