One of the most powerful ways to develop your child's literacy skills is also the simplest: talk with your kids! Regular, meaningful conversations help kids learn new words and understand how to listen, and provide opportunities to share their own stories and ideas. When caring adults talk to kids about the world — explaining how a recipe works or the rules of baseball — they are planting seeds of knowledge that will grow as kids become independent thinkers, readers and writers.
How to Raise a Reader at Age Two
Super Readers Help Baby Dino
Woofster uses his doggy dictionary to define "herbivore" and "carnivore.
Oscar's Bumper Cars
Oscar is in charge of the bumper car rides. In order to earn a ticket for the ride, your child will need to choose objects that start with the requested letter of the alphabet.
The Alphabet Song
Your child can sing the alphabet song and name objects and characters that begin with each letter in this musical clip.
A Surprise Party
Your child can use her creativity and letter writing skills to decorate for a surprise party for a friend or family member. Try these decorating ideas.
Duck needs help catching the correct letters to complete a code. Your child can practice her upper and lower case letter identification skills by helping to catch letters in the waterfall.
Princess shows what she learned from the story about what it means to cooperate by applying it to help fly the kite.
Princess Patches the Tent
In this clip, Princess Presto talks about the sounds and letters in the word "PATCH" to solve a problem for a family of bears.
Inventors are often inspired by nature when they invent! Your child can learn how nature has inspired different inventions, and learn new vocabulary words along the way.
Your child can practice fast-paced reading and rhyming skills in this game where Jessica needs to collect rhyming words to catch up with Danny!
Music Video: Lisa's song, "Follow Through
In this song with Lisa, your child can learn about what it means to "follow through.
Huggy Dance: Flummoxed
Huggy shows what "flummoxed" means by being flummoxed himself -- that is, confused.
Supermarket Scavenger Hunt
Your child can develop early language and literacy skills by matching beginning letters and their sounds to items found at the supermarket.
Raise a Reader with Sesame Street
On this very special street, children learn early language and literacy skills such as letter knowledge, vocabulary, and reading and writing fundamentals.Find Activities