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
Family Guide (English and Spanish)
Parents can use this printable guide to find ideas for growing a child's vocabulary using Martha Speaks and related activities.
Tobey Crashes the Party
Tobey's unexpected empathy provides a good lesson on the word "SENSITIVE" in this clip.
Red Uses Her Manners
Little Red wants a piece of cake! In this clip, your child can learn about good manners, letters, and spelling.
What's Your Favorite Word?
In this online game, your child can watch favorite word videos or select favorite words to create and send messages to family and friends.
Draw Your Super Self
In this activity, you and your child can use large pieces of paper to trace outlines of each other and then decorate the outlines with fun outfits and descriptive words.
Super Why's Super Celebrations - Halloween
Your child can learn along with Alpha Pig that the things that might be scary on Halloween are just pretend.
The Alphabet Song
Your child can sing the alphabet song and name objects and characters that begin with each letter in this musical clip.
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 sing along to this song about their mood as they learn about different emotions.
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