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
Music Man: Car Wash
Music Man wins his video game by teaching about how to chunk and decode long words to read them.
Recipe for Making a "Hullabaloo
WordGirl and Tobey argue about the meaning of the word "hullabaloo." Your child can use his or her imagination to make a recipe for hullabaloo, practicing new vocabulary words!
In Truman's bunch of mini-games, your child can learn new words and act them out with her favorite characters from Martha Speaks!
Learning to Wait
Waiting in line or waiting for a turn can be difficult for children. Work with your child to create an idea poster showing what to do while waiting.
Princess Patches the Tent
In this clip, Princess Presto talks about the sounds and letters in the word "PATCH" to solve a problem for a family of bears.
Dog's Letter Pit
Dog is having fun jumping into a pile of letters. Your child can practice matching letters and their sounds to create words with Dog.
Windy McCloud Talks About Temperature
Your child can learn about hot and cold temperature in this clip where Windy McCloud defines "TEMPERATURE.
Music Video: Are We Going to Make It?
The Electric Company crew worries they might not make it to Jupiter in this musical clip where they name constellation shapes.
Music Video: Nobody's Perfect
Jessica encourages self-acceptance in this comic book-inspired musical clip.
Martha Speaks Story Maker
In this app, your child can write and save eight adventure stories featuring Martha and her friends. Then, kids can play with the characters in the storybook while Martha reads.
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