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
Alpha Pig Climbs to the Stars
Your child can help Alpha Pig by using their alphabet skills to climb up the hill.
Your child can sing along to this song about their mood as they learn about different emotions.
In Truman's bunch of mini-games, your child can learn new words and act them out with her favorite characters from Martha Speaks!
Tobey's Robot Workshop
Tobey needs your child's help building a hugely evil robot! Your child can follow directions to design, assemble, and give character to her robot.
Find the Ugly Duckling
Using words from the Ugly Duckling story, you can make a customized word search to help your child practice identifying letters and reading words.
Ruff's Cookie Creator
Ruff Ruffman is creating new kinds of cookies by experimenting with how much of each of 4 ingredients to add to the recipe. Choose the number of ingredients and how long to bake the cookies to find out what kinds of cookies you can make and serve to customers.
When Mice are Invited... Er, Invade!
Mr. Pangborn is NOT happy to discover Martha's solution to his mouse problem. In this clip, Martha and Mr. Pangborn discuss the word "INVADE.
In WordGirl's Word Find, your child can search for and practice spelling many of the words from the show!
Journey to the Golden Bone
Woofster is going on an adventure to find the golden bone. Along the way, your child can help Woofster by hunting for treasure chests that contain letters and word definitions to guide the way.
Architecture Scavenger Hunt
Your child can go on a scavenger hunt for shapes! Children can find shapes around their neighborhood and draw pictures of the shapes and where they found them.
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