Big, Juicy Conversations! Have you heard of such a thing? They are an intricate part of the Brave Writer lifestyle. But how do they work exactly, and can you count them as “School?”
Big Juicy Conversations in our Homeschool
Conversations with our children begin by asking meaningful questions. This happens by reading great books together, watching wonderful movies together, and by exploring nature together!
Trust me, Big, Juicy Conversations, once taken root, can grow big and beautiful in your homeschool.
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One amazing book we recently read together was the novel “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio. This is a book that really grows you and your child’s capacity to think deeply. It is a story of how humans react to differences in others.
I watched, as we read this novel, as my child absorbed the words and reflected on the feelings, thoughts, and actions of the characters.
This wasn’t a book that allowed you, as the parent, to sit silently by either. It was a book that opened the way for you to share your thoughts and feelings with your children. Big conversations came by way of me sharing my past experiences of middle school as I read it aloud. Then my children started sharing their ideas and thoughts too.
Here are a few of the meaningful conversation starters that were the catalysts for big conversations:
- “This book reminds me of when I was in middle school and I was bullied…”
- “My experience was different because…”
- “Can you imagine the way Auggie felt whenever he would walk down the street and people would stare?”
- “Is it sad that all Auggie ever wished for was to be ordinary?”
- “I didn’t like Julian and yet there was a point when I felt bad for him. Do you know what I mean?”
- “Have you ever wished to go unnoticed? I have.”
Do You Count those Big Juicy Conversations as “School?”
Juicy Conversations can come from most any area of your life. But do they count as “school?”
Yes, I think they do.
These conversations are a wonderful roundabout way to also have oral book reports and oral narrations!
I’m not saying for your kiddo to try and narrate the entire book or chapter. But a Meaningful conversation can show you just how much your child has deeply absorbed and retained information.
Allow Your Kids to Talk About What They Are Learning
While testing and narration have their place, I have found instead of commanding my child to narrate or report a particular piece, we both get far more scope and depth from having a conversation about it.
Your children just need to see you actively thinking deeply and contributing to the conversation too.
Be willing to share your experiences and thoughts.
Ask meaningful questions.
This will help your children to strengthen their abilities to analyze and reflect on material all while building a stronger bond with you!
Are You Looking for More Wonder Conversation Starters?
Did You Know Brave Writer has a “Wonder” Arrow Guide?
This Arrow Guide features copywork, grammar lessons, dictation, literary elements, and writing activities for the book Wonder.
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How do you promote Big, Juicy Conversations in your homeschool?