You can begin by asking your child to recall a recent experience or memory, for example, something that happened over the weekend, a family trip, or a community outing. You can begin to draw the scene together (artistic talent does not matter) and ask your child to think about words he would like you to write about the picture. Then invite your child to work with you to make a story about that memory. He can continue to suggest words or sentences about what is being drawn and recalled about the event. Record the sentences as he dictates them. Once complete, you can read back what was dictated.


Recalling memories helps children to think about events in their lives, but also provides opportunities for them to practice recalling stories they hear and read with an adult.