Our "Big People" are reading The Count of Monte Cristo and enjoying a relaxed dialogue about it...all while cuddling stuffed animals?? LOL!
Literature discussion is foundational to our program. Through dialogue students build comprehension and learn to enjoy reading in a more relaxed way.
One of those bare feet belongs to the teacher and the other belongs to a 4th grader who asked to join us and she could because our school does not place walls up to prevent young kids from learning with older kids.
Whenever a student makes a point about the book, they have to back it up by sharing evidence from the text. We always try to bring it back to the text.