The Importance of Meaningful Conversations
is food for the soul” (Guy de
From my experience, I know that children can talk and talk and talk… until they have completely forgotten the topic of conversation they began with! They begin with talking about what they did in their maths class and end up on what their favourite pizza topping is. Honestly, these conversations are not groundbreaking, however, they are an extremely important factor in children’s social development.
Encouraging children to converse with each other about how they feel or what they think will certainly help with their ability to assess and deal with social situations. A simple conversation about how they feel towards something allows the other children listening, to develop understanding and compassion. At School of Play, we have created an environment where each child feels comfortable enough to express their feelings, either through conversation or by showing us visually on a ‘mood chart’.
These conversations are especially important now, after the
COVID-19 lockdown. The children have been deprived of having face-to-face
conversations with their friends and have been subjected to an online method of
interaction for months. Showing emotion through a screen is difficult and not
as effective as genuine interaction.
Our staff not only encourage the children to talk about their
interests and thoughts but they are always intrigued by the stories they have
to tell each day. I know I always look forward to hearing all the crazy things
they have been up to and I truly believe that the best way to hear a story is
through a child’s words.
mothers learn about motherhood by talking with other mothers, children learn
what it means to be a child by comparing experiences, discussing emotional
responses to events, and debating values” (Mayall, B., 2008). At our Breakfast, After School, and
Holiday Club at Urmston Primary School, we ensure that these meaningful
conversations are taking place daily, maximising their social interaction with
other children and adults.
Thanks for reading.