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 Seven
The Three Little Pigs: Alpha Pig Game
Your child can use his letter and sound knowledge to help Alpha Pig write the word "wolf.
Neighborhood Clean Up
Daniel, Katerina, and their neighbors work together to clean up their playground. Your child can learn about recycling, community involvement, and reading skills in this story.
Music Video: Hector's Canine Rap
Your child can rhyme along with this rap about being human vs. canine.
Make the Band
Martha is taking over the recording studio. Your child will learn about instruments and new music vocabulary as she composes a song in this Martha Speaks game.
As clean as a walrus? Your child can practice using effective figurative language in this clip where Word Girl helps define "SIMILE" for a gameshow.
Becky takes a break from her "TRANQUIL" vacation to stop Chuck's crime spree (and she defines "TRANQUIL" for him, too!)
Your child can build self-confidence, reading, and performance skills as she uses printables and props to perform the play "D.W. Gets Her Library Card."
Music Video: Find The Compromise
Your child will learn about the word compromise, which occurs when everyone puts their head together to figure out a solution to a problem.
Create a “Kindness Tree”
Creating a paper kindness tree can help your child take pride in her actions of showing kindness to others.
Martha is learning new vocabulary words and their definitions. With every correct answer, your child will collect more frisbees to play catch with Skits!
Find the Ugly Duckling
Using words from the Ugly Duckling story, you can make a customized word search to help your child practice identifying letters and reading words.
Music Video: P-Star & Shock - "Chunking
P-Star and Shock rap together to teach your child how to handle reading new long words with a strategy called "chunking.
Raise a Reader with Martha Speaks
Martha is an honest, smart, confident dog who loves to eat -- and talk! Through stories and games, Martha and her friends help your child learn new words and begin to understand what those words mean.Find Activities