I cannot resist sharing a wonderful example of how children’s stories offer an insight into their interests.
In keeping with the practice of recording children’s story dialogues at school an enthused parent recently offered me a sample of dialogue from her 4 year old that she had recorded at home.
What is interesting is that this is a child who not many months ago was so uncertain of make believe that he would cry when we used drama as a tool.
I think maybe he has made his peace with storytelling because he now understands that he can take control. By including subjects that he knows are factually “real” he can merge the real and pretend safely in his own story worlds.
Child- I made up a little story on my own at school today.
Adult- How lovely. Did you write it or draw it?
Child- It was neither of those things. I Played it. I made it for people to play. I made it for playing characters.
It was about the big bad wolf- but it was for 4 people
The big bad wolf, the big bad pig, the big bad crocodile and the big bad Sarracenia (A carnivorous plant)
It was for Grace, Logan, Roisin and me. And do you know what was so funny ? The crocodile and the sarracenia had water in them, like some carnivorous plants do- except that in my story I made it up to be HOT water, so when they captured people they sat down and got HOT BOTTOMS!