Sooo. . .How's School?
Actually, skip that question, because the most likely answer is "Fine." You'll learn a lot more with questions that are focused and open-ended — or even silly: "Is your teacher more like Godzilla or Mary Poppins?" or "Are you blowing anything up in science these days?" Don't forget to chat about nonacademic stuff, too: the school bus, the playground, the lunchroom, even the bathroom smells. You'll get a fuller picture of their social lives.