- It can be a sort of diary about what she did that say or what she wants to do another day. ("We saw a red bird today. It landed right in front of us." or "Today I shopped for shoes.")
- It can be what he's thinking about on any topic. ("Joey has a big dog, but he doesn't have fish. I think a dog is more fun.")
- It can be what she's feeling that she may not have had a chance to express; any emotion at all is acceptable. (I really don't like it when I have to make my bed!")
- It can also be a story that he made up.
This helps to develop the understanding that words we say translate into letters on the paper. Then other people can read what we are saying.
Occasionally, take out all the dictation and read them to him He will be proud of his "writings" and he will get even more ideas of what he wants to say next time.
Source: Bev Bos, nationally-recognized expert on Early Childhood Education, turnthepage.com