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
Sharing Family Stories
Your child can practice writing and storytelling skills by interviewing family members and retelling their stories.
WordGirl's Robot Buddy
Word Girl has to team up with Tobey to defeat the Coach! But first she has to explain the word "CACKLE" when she hears his evil laugh.
Cookie Monster's Alphabet Soup
Cookie Monster loves alphabet soup! Your child can make simple words from noodle letters and sound them out with Cookie Monster in this click-along game.
In the Park with Skits
Skits needs help sniffing out new things! In this game, your child can help guide Skits through the park to find pictures examples of the new words.
Make An Invitation
Writing invitations is a fun way to plan for a party. Your child can practice writing invitations or thank you notes, drawing pictures, and signing his or her name.
Whodunnit? Martha asks a lot of questions in hopes of finding out which neighborhood dog knocked over the trash cans.
Play Pretend: Encouraging Your Little Chef
Your child can create his own kooky recipes by describing, writing and illustrating the needed ingredients and procedures.
A Snack for Santa
Your child can practice printing letters and sounding out words with Princess Presto in this clip where she spells the word "SNACK" to entice Santa to visit!
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