In my opinion, there are many things six-year olds shouldn't know about. A little girl should not know about her grandma's car "getting jacked" or that her family doesn't have any money until her dad gets up and goes back to work. The children in my class know not to talk about boyfriend/girlfriend stuff. I think they need to be little kids for as long as possible.
Whole group read-aloud time is a perfect opportunity for little kid fun and today's book selection has been a classroom favorite two years running.
After reading, we've started a daily Share the Pen activity. Instead of bad news (there's too much of that in their little lives) two children share good news and very good news. These sentences are proudly displayed in the hallway.
This book earned a five-star rating in our class. Try to check it out sometime.