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
Princess Presto's Soccer Game
Princess Presto is playing soccer but the team doesn't know how to pass. In this clip, your child will learn what "pass" means and how to spell it.
Build A Word Adventure: Drum
Your child can practice spelling while helping the Word friends make musical instruments.
Playing pretend restaurant can be fun and help build memory and literacy skills.
Your child can learn Becky's definition for the word "AMUSING" in this clip where the group is patiently waiting to get to the waterpark!
Your child can sing along to this song about their mood as they learn about different emotions.
Elmo and his friends are making music. Your child can play music on his own or choose the music note to follow along and play a specific song.
Alpha Pig Uses His Space Map to Find a Comet
The Super Readers are chasing a comet as it travels to different planets! To find the comets, they need to identify letters that begin planets' names.
Practicing uppercase and lowercase letters can be fun with this game of matching socks.
The Usual Dogspects
Is Martha the culprit? In this clip, Mrs. Demson defines the word "RESPONSIBLE" as the accuses Martha of knocking over her trash.
Martha Wants a Hot Dog!
Your child can learn about the multiple definitions of "APPEAL" and "APPEALING" as Martha pleads for a hot dog.
T.D. the Director
T.D. defines the word "DIRECTOR" in this clip where Helen makes an important point about responsible pet care.
Sniff and Tell
What smells fragrant and what reaks? There are so many smells around us; have your child describe the smells he or she encounters!
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