Children's Realism

Leading question
Media and other materials needed
Personal ideas or experiences to share
Supplementary titles/activities

Leading question: Who am I and how can I deal with my everyday challenges? (One of the biggest and most real problems for children is that adults don’t listen to them.)

Objectives: Discuss children’s realism, children in their own settings, for their own sakes. Also, acknowledge the real problem adults have in listening to children.

Duration: Evening

Location: Home

Media and other materials needed:

Munro (1961)

Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

• Treats


1. Munro is a funny animated film and is a good way to introduce the topic. Not much discussion is needed—the kids will get it. Munro says “no!” a lot, and the adults don’t hear him.

2. Rabbit-Proof Fence is a film that shows the inconsiderate way children (and Aborigines of Australia) are treated like paperwork, without concern for feelings or familial ties. The camera is often from the viewpoint of the child, looking up at menacing adults, etc.

3. This sequence is mostly sitting and watching films, so treats are of utmost importance.

Personal ideas or experiences to share:

• The idea of the resilience of children and the vulnerability of the virtue of children as the core of realism and myth.

Supplementary titles/activities:

Mary Poppins (the 1964 film or the book by P.L. Travers)—this is not realism exactly, but certainly addresses the issue of children not being listened to by adults.

The Black Stallion (1979)—kids will identify with the horse who is ordered around like a child without the idea that the horse might have an opinion.

• There are dozens of appropriate films and books for child’s realism.