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
Where Did All the Dogs Go?
Alice and Helen notice something strange: none of the dogs are outside! Your child can learn about the word "INTIMIDATED" in this clip with silly flashbacks.
Snug as a Bug
Frog and Bug need help! Your child can use rhyming to help Bug figure out where he'll be "SNUG" so he can sleep.
Your child can learn about the word "PESTER" in this clip where Grannie Mae baits the bank customers to pester the tellers while she robs the bank!
Red's Rhyme and Roll
Red is collecting fruit to take to Grandma! Your child can help Red by finding the rhyming words.
Becky takes a break from her "TRANQUIL" vacation to stop Chuck's crime spree (and she defines "TRANQUIL" for him, too!)
Your child can learn about the word "INDICATE" in this clip where Truman and Martha talk about signs.
When Word Girl discovers the final ingredient for her famous coleslaw, she yells (and defines!) "EUREKA!
Alpha Pig Builds Alphabet Steps
Alpha Pig uses his alphabet tools to build steps to climb to the top of the pyramid.
Your child can learn new vocabulary while fixing the wacky mistakes in these mixed up pictures. Why is there a whale in the pool? Fix it.
Alphabet Corn Maze
This corn maze of letters will help your child practice the alphabet. Take it a step further and create a maze with other words to help your child develop spelling and writing skills.
What's Plan B?
Word Girl surprises Chuck and Whammer as they destroy a museum looking for a sandwich rock
Create a Super Dog
The new puppy needs your child's reading skills! Practice matching written words to verbal definitions in this Woofster puppy game.
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