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 Four
Race to the Kitchen
Your child can learn from Becky's frustrations about having a super-competitive little brother as she tries to follow her Dad's advice about ignoring his pestering.
Build A Sign
In this activity, your child can go on a sign hunt to practice letter recognition and sign reading skills.
The journalists talk about the word "DETAILS" in this clip where Becky denies her secret identity.
Compose “My Favorite Letter” Song
Music can make learning the alphabet even more fun. In this activity, you can help your child write a musical ode to her favorite letter or look through song lyrics to find those favorite letters.
Lickety Letter Bingo
In this game, your child can practice identifying letters with Alpha Pig. At the end, he will uncover a fun picture from Super Why!
Princess shows what she learned from the story about what it means to cooperate by applying it to help fly the kite.
Princess Presto's Spelling Word Find!
Princess Presto loves to spell. Your child can practice spelling words such as crown, dress, and wand in this printable Princess Presto word search.
Martha's Shakespearean Monologue
Dramatic Martha wants to take center stage as Hamlet in this clip where your child can learn about Shakespearean dialect and the words "MONOLOGUE" and "DIALOGUE.
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!
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 learn about figurative language and helping friends in this clip where T.D. wants to cheer up Martha.
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