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 Three
Learn about solids, liquids, and predictions while you make delicious rainbow popsicles! This recipe will guide you and your child through discussing predictions and observations, and how freezing turns a liquid into a solid.
Your child can learn about the scientific method and the words "ANALYZE" and "THEORY" in this clip of Truman's imaginative daydream.
Eating the Alphabet
What letter does "apple" start with? Let your child practice beginning letters and sounds by creating weekly grocery lists together.
Is your child interested in another language? Help him create a simple bilingual dictionary to practice fun words in another language.
Magician Sheep Performs a Magic Trick
Sheep needs to spell the word "HAT" to finish her magic trick. Your child can sound out and spell the word together with Sheep.
Dogs Do Not Wear Sweaters!
Martha does NOT want to wear clothes, but Helen convinces her to tell a nice "FIB" about liking her new sweater.
Dogs on Ice
Your child will learn new words such as "near, around, and over" as she makes a skating routine in this Martha Speaks game.
Super Stuff Design Center
It's time to get creative with Super Why! Your child can decorate a card, poster, or bookmark with Super Why characters and phrases in this online game.
Cross Worrrd Up
In this printable activity, your child can help WordGirl complete a crossword puzzle by figuring out the antonyms or synonyms for each clue.
Jennifer Garner Sings A Capella
Jennifer Garner explains (and demonstrates!) what "A CAPELLA" means.
Singing together as a family can be fun. Take turns being the vocalist or the conductor to learn about tempo and beat.
Every pup has special skills. In this game, your child can select a pup and learn new vocabulary while playing unique doggy games.
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