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 Five
Lazy Belly Dragging Dog
Your child can learn about fitness vocabulary in this clip where Dr. O'Mayhem tries to sabotage the fitness of the group to make them "LAZY.
Bottle Cap Hockey
Children can play bottle cap hockey to learn about forces and motion, while predicting which bottle cap will win the game! With this activity, your child will learn to predict, test, and reflect on properties of objects that influence motion.
A Spring Is Not the Thing
Pig and Duck learn that a spring is not the thing to make a frosting machine stop bouncing! Your child will learn about phoneme sounds and spelling the word "spring.
Pin the Word on the Target
Right? Left? Straight? Your child can develop directional vocabuary and spatial awareness skills by guiding you to a target in this movement game.
Woofster Defines Energy
In this clip, your child will learn about the word "ENERGY" from Woofster, who explains it to Martin.
Who is the Masked Bagger?
In this clip, your child can learn about "FLASHBACKS" as Mr. Hardbargain recounts his tricky dealings with the Masked Bagger.
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.
Princess Prestos Spectacular Spelling Play
Princess Presto needs your child's help in deciding what uppercase and lowercase letters make certain letter sounds to spell words.
The 3-Way Hi-Five
Violet solves the problem of how three people can successfully high five. Your child can follow along with the directions she gives for a 3-way high-five!
Find the Ant
Playing this family game can help your child quickly read words from word families such as "-ANT" and "-ALL.
Abby's Sandbox Search
Abby is digging in her magical sandbox. Using a magic shovel, your child can help Abby uncover items that start with the letter shown on the sand bucket.
Raise a Reader with Super Why
Super Why introduces children to the power of reading -- and helps kids develop problem-solving skills along the way. Through engaging stories and games, your child can practice key skills like letter identification, word decoding, spelling, vocabulary and comprehension.Find Activities