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 Six
The Next Electric Company Star
It's time to determine the next star for The Electric Company. Your child can be the judge on this reality television competetion based game and decide which contestant reads words and sentences the best.
Golden Crown Spelling Bee
Princess Presto is spelling words with her magic spelling wand! Your child can match letters with the sounds they make to spell words.
Your child can work on math and literacy skills at the same time with this fun activity that includes counting the number of vowels in the alphabet or the number of letters in a certain word.
Setting a Good Example
In this clip, Ronald uses the word "THOUGHTLESS" to describe people who litter in the park (though his own behavior might also be a little thoughtless!).
Daniel and His Friends
In this interactive storybook, your child can read along with Daniel Tiger as he thinks about ways that he is different from his friends and ways that he is the same as his friends.
Martha and her slug friend Dylan illustrate the concept of feeling "SLUGGISH" in this clip.
Get the whole family involved in this game to play in the car! Your child can learn new words and practice map reading skills while you go from place to place.
Build A Word Adventure: Truck
Sheep & Dog are on their way to a party, but their truck broke apart into letters. Your child can help rebuild the truck by identifying each letter that spells the word truck.
Your child can practice letter recognition and letter sounds by creating and completing his own alphabet puzzle.
The itsy bitsy spider is in a web of letters. Your child can practice writing letters and words, and connecting letters of his or her name to form a web.
Saving Santa's Toys
Alpha Pig has to help Santa save the toys falling from his sleigh! Your child can learn to idenitfy letters and name words that start with those letters as they catch falling toys.
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.
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