Reading the classics with kids is fun! I remember, when I first started, I felt intimidated at the thought of facilitating a book conversation with them. I don’t have a literature background. I was afraid I wouldn’t know the answers. It didn’t take long for me to catch on to the truth. The best facilitator learns alongside the group. She doesn’t lead them like a teacher. This means anyone can enjoy a classical reading group. Let me show you what I mean.
Have you read or watched The Wizard of Oz?
Let’s pretend that you and your children and their friends and parents are in my living room. We just shared a themed meal:
- fruit arranged in the shape of a rainbow
- over the rainbow spiral cookies
- straw and hay pasta
- melting sherbet punch
The kids presented their boardgames and played each other’s games. Now we’re ready to talk about The Wizard of Oz. I would ask these questions and listen to what everyone has to say. It’s that easy. Below the questions are possible answers I would have up my sleeve in case no one has an answer to the questions.
- What did Dorothy want? Go home.
- What did she spend her time doing? Helping others get what they wanted.
- Which of Jesus’ parables does Dorothy remind you of? For me, it is the story of the Good Samaritan. She could have kept going for her goal. Instead, she saw another, listened to his needs, thought about ways to help, and told him what he needed to do.
- Define joy? Psalm 16 says, “I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand I shall not be shaken. Therefore, my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices.”
- What gave Dorothy her joy? Was it getting home? I’d say that made her happy. I think she got her joy by sacrificing her desires for the good of others.
- We see Dorothy having intentional conversations. What was her motivation for the conversation with the scarecrow? A brain.
- The tin man? To help him find a heart.
- The lion? To help him find courage.
This is how a LITClub discussion goes.
We look at the characters: actions, motivations, situations, and choices.
You can do this!
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