Annual Interview

If you haven't started annual interviews yet, now is a great time (better now than never). We started in 2012 when my son was six (all his baby teeth), next 2013  (no front teeth) and again today 2014 with two adult front teeth. So cute looking back at 2012.

Here is our format.

Before you start, ask the interviewee to get their favourite toy, favourite soft toy and favourite book. If you have pets, have them close by too Find a location with lots of lovely natural light and the interviewee's face directed towards the light. Looking back at these videos, it was best when he was sitting down at the table (otherwise he's jumping and rolling around all over the place).

Start recording. Introduce the annual interview with year and date.

What is your name? Last name? Middle names?

How old are you? What is your birthdate?

Where do you live?

Where were you born?

Tell me all the people in your family?

What is your most favourite thing in the world (or if you had to take one thing to a desert island, what would it be).

What is your favourite toy/soft toy/book (child can then show them)?

Do you have any pets (skip if you don't) or If you could have a pet, what would it be (if you are brave enough)?

What's your favourite game to play inside at school? Your favourite game to play outside at school? What's your favourite game to play inside at home? As a family? Your favourite game to play outside at home?

What is your favourite family activity to do together?

What is your favourite after school activity?

Who is your most favourite person in the world?

If you have a best friend/s, who are they?

What is your favourite animal?

What is the best holiday you've had?

What is the favourite thing about your mum? dad? siblings? grandparents? cousins....

What is your favourite movie? tv program? song? video game? book?

Favourite thing to eat? vege? fruit? lunch? what food do you not like to eat?

If you could choose anything in the world to eat for dinner tonight, what would it be?

If you could do anything you wanted tomorrow, what would it be?

If you could go anywhere you wanted for a holiday, where would you go?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Do you have a girl/boy/friend?

What does love mean to you?

What does your mum do for a job?

What does your dad do for a job?

What is your favourite subject at school?

What is the funniest thing that ever happened at school? at home?

Who is your favourite teacher? best friend?

What is something your mum/dad says all the time?

Imaine you could become invisible when ever you want. What would you do? (thanks Cass!)

I am very proud because? (thanks Casss!)

What do you want to be when you grow up?

If I were president, I would….. (thanks Cass!)

I am afraid to…. (thanks Cass!)

Name one thing you do really well (thanks Cass!)

Describe what it means to be a good friend.

If you could fly, where would you go?

Where is your favorite holiday destination?

Do you have anything to say about politics/religion?

How did the world start?

Do you have a good life? What is your favourite thing about your life?

If there was something you could change about the world, what would it be?

Would love to hear your tips and ideas for questions in the comments below :)