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 Finds the Word "Apples
Alpha Pig is spelling the word "apples"! Your child will sing the alphabet and identify printed letters to spell the word "apples.
Super Why Makes More Candles
Your child can help Super Why change Judith's story so she has enough candles to celebrate the 8th night of Chanukkah.
April Fools! Dad plays a silly trick on the family and defines the word "PRANK.
Martha and her slug friend Dylan illustrate the concept of feeling "SLUGGISH" in this clip.
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.
Wonder Red & Miss Meow Find a Note
Your child can learn about "-OP" words that rhyme in this clip where Wonder Red explores words like "HOP" and "TOP" to solve a problem.
Your child can spell "DINOSAUR" and other fun words in this hide-and-seek letters activity.
Lily's in Trouble
Uh oh! When Lily accidentally destroys a pillow with a "TEAR," Martha and Skits try to comfort her and hide the evidence.
In this game, your child can practice reading skills by matching words and pictures to the missing pieces of four different stories.
Alpha Pig Makes Chocolate Coins
Your child can learn about Chanukkah traditions like dreidel in this clip where Alpha Pig spells "COINS" so the Readers can play dreidel.
In this game from Martha Speaks, your child can practice listening skills by carefully listening to Martha's radio and then picking 5 pictures that match the theme.
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