that is what we call it….every time. it’s quite a mouthful, but it has stuck. when we sit for snack time, there is a lot of straggling in as kids finish washing hands, then we all settle and it’s loud. then we announce what food there is more of and what has been given all out, etc. then we announce that it is “school family conversation time.”
mr rob or i will ask a question or pose a “what would you do if…” scenario. sometimes we’ll simply invite children to tell us whatever they would like. it brings a warm smile to my face to hear children talk who started they school year with very few words. in fact, the older kids catch on too and recognize the new surge of language. such is the joy of a multi age class.
dare i say this can feel a lot like home for me? it can be hard to listen to each other and to save our ideas, but it is important. we started passing something around to “talking stick” style…for us it was the magic mushroom. and really, when i hear a preschooler ask for “school family conversation time,” i remember the purpose.