Helping your child read: Help for ages 0-2

Scholastic has a list called: Reading guidelines that can direct you each step of the way.

Books and Your Baby

Reading to your child from day one is important. You can start with books with mirrors, things to touch and flaps to lift. This can prove to be baby-316214_640challenging and funny. Don’t worry about reading; just the act of trying will be educational to your child. By starting early, you introduce them to the wonderful world of books and learning.

From 9-18 months, your child will begin trying to say some of the words in the story. This will help to build their vocabulary. Then from 18 months – 2 years, they will begin to sit and listen to the story. They might even try to read the book to you; their interpretation can really be fun.

Reading Activities for Ages 0-2

In this section, you will find ways to help your child by:

  • Using Your Voice – Make animal sounds; change it for a different character, etc.
  • Visit the Library – Take them to the library, and let them pick out their own books, maybe the one they keep going back to.
  • Be a Role Model – When your child is playing quietly by themselves, pick up a book or magazine and read. This will show them that reading is important.
  • Familiar Faces – There are books available you can purchase with the words on the pages and places for you to insert photos of your family. Amazon has this book available: Baby’s My First Photo Album of Family & Friends.
  • Look it up – Keep in mind the things your child likes to look at when you borrow or buy books.

Online Literacy for Ages 0-2

The internet has opened a whole new world with books and games for all. Search what is available for your child on the age appropriate list of apps and books. When our oldest granddaughter was 18 months old, she taught me how to turn on and navigate an iPad.

Book Lists

This section will give you a list of books that are appropriate for this age group.

Have fun reading to your little one.

Inspire Young Writers: Help Your Children Create a Setting

Use these 4 Steps to show your children how to: Create a Setting

This is a very important step in writing a story; it sets the visual scene for the reader. They need to be able to see the place the story is taking place. A writer wants to bring the reader along with the story. The words need to give them a sense of touch, smell and view of the scene. It needs to change as the story moves forward. Using sensory language helps the person feel that they are a real part of the story.

The following is from my first book: “This Babe So Small” the nativity told through the eyes of the inn keeper’s daughter. She is going out to see if Mary and Joseph need anything while they are in her stable.

“On the way to the stable, the night suddenly gets darker.

I look to the sky above the hills behind our inn.

In front of the moon is a strange cloud.

It is low and has moving shapes! What is that?

My heart pulls me toward the hills. The cloud has wings!

I see angels! Now they are gone!

The moon is brighter again. Another sign!

Why else would angels come here?”


For this exercise go to the Scholastic website use the link to Planning a Setting. In their notebook have them write out their answers to each of the four questions, with a lot of detail. This will help them when they are developing their story.

1. Where is the story –

Is it in a house, store, building…

Once they choose the place, have them describe it in as much detail as they can. The reader can’t see it unless a complete verbal picture is made.

2. When is your story

Morning, afternoon or evening…

Tell the reader a little about what that time of day looks like. Also is it rainy, snowy, the sun just rising or setting, or high in the sky.

3. What is in your story

Name the other things that are important to your story; other people, animals, things…

Have them give more description than they think is needed. If it’s a person let us know: their name, male or female, tall or short, and any other description that will help us to picture that person.

4. Visualize your setting

Jot down important things that will help your story come together in their notebook.
The most important thing is for you and your child to have fun creating their stories. Please share the exercise with me. I want to follow the children’s progress. Maybe even share a portion of their story in my blog.

Inspire Young Writers: 5 Ways to Develop a Character and 4 Steps to Describe the Setting

Here are 5 Ways to teach your child how to develop their characters. On the Scholastic website you can use “Developing a Main Character” (you can use this printable form) to show the children how to make their character come alive.

  1. Character Likes – list the things your character like to do, see, eat…
  2. Character Dislikes – list the things your character doesn’t like to do, see, eat…
  3. Character Goals – what would your character like to be able to accomplish
  4. Character Strengths – what is your character really able to do good
  5. Character Fears – what makes your character be afraid or worried they can’t accomplish

Tell your children they now you have a list of information about their character. Ask: In this story what do you see your character being able to achieve? Can you imagine things that may make it difficult for your character in this story? It’s fun to read a story that has things that are fun and nice, but they are even more interesting if there is some suspense or drama.