Every child develops individually, so it is important that parents and relatives understand that not every child will be ready when the adult is ready. Once the two agree that they want to do this, then the adult can begin with the concept of the story and the first line of the story. The child can add a few words or a full sentence to continue the story. I used to do this with my children on the ride to Upstate New York from Bayville, Long Island, a three hour ride.
We “wrote” short stories or poems. When we created short stories, they learned about plot, conflict, dialogue and resolution. For our car poetry recitals, they learned rhyme and rhythm. We laughed at some of the funny stories and poems we wrote, but the creativity helped pass the time and in retrospect may have helped my children become amazing poets (I think they’re amazing in everything) and writers.
© Natala Orobello