I didn't get much info out of Kayla as to how her first day of school went besides her usual "Goooood!" I knew her desk was between J and S so I was able to ask her some questions about them.
"Who did you sit next to at lunch?"
"What else did you do today?"
"Who did you play with at recess?"
"What did you play?"
"Went on the slide!"
I try to ask her other open-ended questions but rarely get any specific answers about what she actually did or anything that happened in class, or what they were learning about. Eventually I let the subject drop.
We have these 'conversation dinner cards' that are like a deck of cards with questions on them. That night I pulled them out and one of the questions was "What is your favorite sound?" (Mine was silence - ha!)
After Lucas talked about his (I think he said a barking dog) Kayla came out with "Cello!"
Not sure that I heard her correctly I asked, "Your favorite sound is a cello?"
Wow did that seem to come out of the blue. And I said as much when I blurted out, "Where did that come from?" but not really expecting an answer. Or at least an answer that would actually tell me where it came from.
But she told me, "Music!"
Insert light bulb going off.
"Oh! You had music class today?"
"And you learned about the cello?"
"The teacher played the cello?"
"On the Smartboard!" (and she mimicked touching the Smartboard).
At this point Lucas asked what a cello was and what sound it made. She proceeded to pretend to play a cello and made a humming-type noise to go along with it.
Well cool! Something she remembered and took home with her and could tell us about!
And she volunteered this information on her own.
And it was exciting for me to hear she learned about the cello on her first day of school.