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
Chuck's Extreme Crusher
In this game, your child can learn new vocabulary as they pick the sandwich and word that matches what Chuck is describing.
Your child can tell his own Martha Speaks story! In this microphone-based game, your child can pick parts of a story and tell it aloud.
Y Do I Love the Letter Y?
In this musical clip, your child can learn about what words begin with the letter Y.
Missing Letters Mystery
Determining an item missing from a sequence of items can help your child develop critical thinking skills. In this activity, your child can also practice literacy skills by identifying which letters of the alphabet are missing from an alphabet puzzle.
In this clip, Skits tries to define "PREVIOUSLY," but he needs Martha's help (he prefers to play the piano!).
Your child can practice writing the names of the planets after making a space mobile with you.
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.
Chuck Gets Embarrassed
WordGirl reminds Chuck about the word "hustle" and then he makes a silly mistake.
Something Special for Dad
Daniel is sending a letter to his Dad to show him how much he loves him. Your child can read along with this interactive storybook as Daniel describes how he made and sent the letter.
Reading the Nutcracker
Your child can read along with Super Why and Princess Presto as they learn about the story of the Nutcracker and discover similarities to other stories.
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