A Fun Start of School Year Interview For Kids

A Fun Start of School Year Interview For Kids

Last year on Essley’s first day of preschool, I shared a fun “interview” (right here) I put together with questions to ask little ones on their first and last days of school each year. The post received a lot of traffic and was pinned quite a bit on Pinterest, so I shared her responses again on her last day. And now that a new school year has begun, I decided to share once again. (Emmett started preschool for the first time this year too, but he’s still too young to answer the questions. I’m looking forward to giving him the interview at the end of this year though!)

Some of Essley’s responses on this year’s first day were the same as last year’s last day, and some changed quite a bit. It’s endearing and bittersweet to see her growth just through her answers to the questions. I hope to continue to do this for years to come.

1. What is your name? Essley.
2. What grade are you in? Pre-K.
3. How old are you? 4-1/2.
4. What is your favorite color? Pink.
5. What is your favorite thing to do at school? Play with my friends. And learn how to not be bad. (No comment on that one.)
6. What is your favorite activity outside of school? Tap, ballet, gymnastics, soccer, theatre, and swimming lessons. (She answered this question by saying NOT swimming lessons on the last day of last year, so this is a big change!)
7. What do you want to be when you grow up? A dance teacher and an artist.
8. What is your favorite food? Strawberries.
9. How old is your mommy? Old.
10. What is her job? She works a lot on blog posts.
11. What is mommy’s favorite food? Indian food and a lot of smoothies.
12. How old is your daddy? Old. I think 20.
13. What is his job? Stage Manager.
14. What is daddy’s favorite food? Kabobs. He likes cheeseburgers.
15. What do mommy and daddy like to do? Work. (Yikes.)
16. If you have brothers or sisters, what are their names? Emmett. Sometimes I call him Crispy.
17. How old is your brother(s) (and/or sisters)? 2 1/2.
18. What is your brother(s) (and/or sisters) favorite food? Mac and cheese. Also olives.
19. What is your favorite toy? Rosie (doll) and Owly (her favorite owl toy since she was a baby).
20. Where do you live? Somewhere by Chicago.
21. What is your favorite thing to do? Play with my mommy. (Awww. Me too baby girl.)
22. What is your favorite place you’ve ever been? The candy store.
23. Who is your best friend? Mommy and ….. (an endless lists of friends; too many to type.)
24. What is your favorite animal? Tiger.
25. If you could have anything you wished for, what would it be? A bunny for a pet.

And just because I can’t leave out my favorite little dude (even though he didn’t do the interview questions), here is Emmett’s first day pic. (Unlike his sis, who ran in the classroom and never looked back at his age, there were some tears from this guy. But I think he’s doing to do great).

If any of you use these question to interview your preschoolers or grade schoolers, I’d love to hear some of their replies! Oh, and we purchased the chalkboard signs we used for our photos from this awesome Etsy shop.


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Poodle suvives fire by crawling into outdoor oven

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Win Personalized Dog or Cat Ornaments | $50 Gift Card #Giveaway

Now that autumn–at least meteorological autumn–has arrived, I know it won’t be long until the holiday season begins. We just received our first holiday product email, and it’s…

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Golden Poodle awards for August

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The Mink Man wants a Belgian Malinois or Dutch shepherd

I’ve long admired Joseph Carter’s work training mink as hunting animals. He’s now getting a Dutch shepherd or Belgian Malinois as a versatile hunting dog and mink tracker.

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Happy 10th Gotcha Day, Tiki + DogTipper Blogiversary!

It’s hard to believe, but 10 years ago today we adopted Tiki at what is now Texas Humane Heroes! Tiki had been found by shelter staff when they arrived at work one morning; she was just sitting…

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The Detroit Free Press is reporting the tragic news that yet another K-9 officer has been left in a patrol car to die of heat exhaustion. In this case, at least, the officer did try to do the right thing. He started the car remotely, which should have turned on the air conditioner for the […]

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Rescued Kittens at Cat House on the Kings Find Forever Home

3 Rescued Kittens Adopted Together - Cat House on the Kings

Brie (Siamese), Cheddar (Orange), Parmesan (Calico) Photo Credit: Harvie Schreiber

The Cat House on the Kings is California’s largest no-cage, lifetime cat sanctuary and adoption center. Their mission is to place rescued cats and kittens into loving, permanent homes; to provide a safe, happy and healthy home for unwanted cats and kittens in a unique, no-cage facility; to prevent pet overpopulation through spaying and neutering; and to educate the public about responsible pet ownership.

Foster parent, Harvie Schreiber, told us about three kittens named Brie, Cheddar and Parmesan. He wrote:

“The Cat House on the Kings rescued three tiny kittens who were covered in fleas, battling an upper respiratory infection, and underweight. After getting treated and lots of tender loving care in a foster home (which, of course, includes high quality food like Halo), they blossomed, grew up, and were adopted TOGETHER.”

Amazing news! We’re so happy that this trio was able to find a forever home together. Thank you Harvie and Cat House on the Kings for making a difference for pets in your community.

Three Rescued Kittens from Cat House on the Kings

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Links I Love, Right Now

Madewell x Karen Walker skirt

Right now is a very busy time for my husband’s job (for those who don’t know, he works in the music industry and is on the road about half the year for work), which means lots of nights of putting the kids to bed myself – and lots of early mornings getting them ready myself. A logical person would go to bed as early as possible for this reason, but for me, it somehow means staying up even later than usual to worry about things that deserve no worry and mindlessly browse the internet. It’s a win for you though, friends, because it’s one of those weeks where I get to share all of my random finds with you.

Plantains are one of my favorite foods. Need to try this baked plantain recipe, stat.

I lived in a school bus in Leadville, Colorado back in the late 90s. True story. And this tiny bus home is giving me all the nostalgic hippie feels.

Emmett starts preschool a week from Tuesday. While Essley was all, “BYEEEE” on her first day at his age, he’s much shyer than she ever was, and I’m a little nervous about how he’ll react. This article on how to deal with separation anxiety in little ones was helpful.

Interesting: what young women think about the midterm elections.

I’ve been eyeing a whole lot of denim skirts lately, but this one (seen in image above) takes the cake.

The late great Aretha Franklin was a truly incredible women. I learned so much about her life reading her obituary. (And did you know that she became a mother at the age of 12?!)

I just ordered these custom “first day of school” chalkboard signs for the kids and am excessively excited to get them, despite the nightmare that will undoubtedly occur when Emmett is expected to sit still and hold a sign for a picture.

Anybody else surprised by (but embracing) Birkenstock’s unlikely rise back into fashion over the last few years? (While cleaning out boxes a few months ago I came across an almost unworn pair of mine from the late 90s that I have, for better or worse, been wearing all summer.)

I used to design eco-friendly clothes for a living, so I’m feeling super inspired by this woman’s journey into remaking old clothes into new ones.

Guys, microplastics are being found in drinking water, fish, sea salt, and freaking beer. Scary.

I am nowhere near ready for fall (or fall clothes), but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t coveting these boots in a big way.

Love her or hate her (but really, how can you not love her?), here are 12 things we learned from Joanna Gaines.

This week dragged for me, but that means I’m especially grateful it’s Friday. Emmett is getting his first ever haircut today you guys! His hair is shoulder length right now, so the chance of tears (from me, not him) is high. I’ll try to share over on my Instagram Stories.

Do you have anything fun planned this weekend? I’m mainly going to be going through my kids’ clothes and getting things organized for school to start (don’t be jealous), but I think we’ll plan for a few fun activities too. I sure wish summer didn’t fly by so quickly…


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Harzer Fuchs tricks

I’d love to have one of these dogs someday. I don’t know if anyone is breeding them in the US, but I’d love to be able to have some over here. They are so much of what I like in the standard working GSD. The expressions are so much of what I love about Anka.

These dogs are so sporty that I’m actually surprised there isn’t a larger international following of them. They are sort of a GSD meets border collie.


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