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
MICE: The Musical
In this clip, Martha problem solves to help Mr. Pangborn's mice while she defines the word "RELOCATE.
T.D. needs a little help from C.K. when training puppy Skits, but T.D. is great at teaching Skits about dinosaurs. Your child can learn dinosaur-themed words in this clip.
ABC Scrub With Me
In this activity, you'll find ways to emphasize hygiene and handwashing while practicing letters and letter sounds with your child.
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.
Make a Bed
You and your child can turn trash into treasure by making a bed for your child's favorite stuffed companion. While you're working, use key vocabulary words such as recycle, garbage, and valuable.
T.D.'s Absorbing Mystery
TD and Martha play detective in this clip where your child will learn about the meaning of the words "absorbed" and "intrigued.
I Spy the Butcher
WordGirl teaches the Butcher about the word "magnificent" while he shows her his new art collection.
Pig is Proud
Pig learns to be proud of what makes him different in this clip where your child can learn about friendship, embracing differences, and the word "PROUD.
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.
PBS Parents Play & Learn
Designed specifically with parents in mind, this app provides more than a dozen math and literacy games that parents can play with their kids. Each game builds on the natural curiosity of children and is themed around a familiar location like the garden or grocery store.
Alpha Pig Rescues Little Goat
Your child will sing the alphabet and identify printed letters to spell the word "pole" to help rescue Little Goat!
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