Dictated stories are an excellent way to introduce a young child to writing stories when he or she is too young to literally write. Toddlers and preschoolers are always chatting about something, so why not record their words for them in a dictated story?
My kids eat oatmeal nearly every morning for breakfast. They love the stuff! We always add lots of yummy goodies to the otherwise plain oatmeal. William can make old fashioned oatmeal completely on his own in the microwave and add all the extras, except the milk. I thought oatmeal stories would be a good way to introduce dictated stories to my kids.
The following is William’s story about how to properly make oatmeal. Notice he lacks specific detail. That is because I didn’t intervene while he told me what to write. I did not prompt him, or ask him questions. I did not ask him to clarify. I simply wrote what he told me.
“Just put oatmeal in a bowl. One scoop. Add some water to it. One scoop and half. Put it in the microwave to let it cook. Push two, zero, zero. When it beeps get it out. Put stuff in it. Strawberries and brown sugar, blueberries and milk. Then you just eat it!” – William, almost 4 yrs.
Corinne also participated in this activity. While she doesn’t make oatmeal on her own, she certainly eats it and has something to say about it.
I had cut a bowl shape out of construction paper for the kiddies to glue to the top of their story. Then we added some dried oatmeal. Tip: Use more glue than you think you’ll need. the kids were so pleased to show their dad that evening!
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I am Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home mama of five! I am the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught range of levels, including preschool and college, and a little bit of just about everything in between. Right now, my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction