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
Duck Meets Shark
Your child can learn about making new friends and sounding out new words in this clip where Duck befriends Shark.
Duck is swimming around his pond looking for WordThings. Your child can explore the pond with duck to find the words.
In this game from Martha Speaks, your child can practice listening skills by carefully listening to Martha's radio and then picking 5 pictures that match the theme.
The Land of Snow
Your child can practice printing letters and sounding out words with Princess Presto in this clip where she spells out the word "SNOW" to save the Super Readers' winter fun.
Super Readers Challenge
Super Why and friends are practicing the alphabet, spelling, rhyming, and reading! With this game, your child can practice recognizing letters and their sounds, identifying rhyming words, spelling, and reading sentences.
Comic Strip Capers!
WordGirl is fighting villians in these fun comic strips. Your child can choose the words to create his or her own comic strip story and help WordGirl defeat these troublesome characters.
In this clip, Skits tries to define "PREVIOUSLY," but he needs Martha's help (he prefers to play the piano!).
Celeb Cam: Andrea Burns
Manny's mom can teach your child about using the word "HOW" in sentences or to ask questions in this clip where she brags about Manny.
Pig has a room full of words! Help your child find hidden words in the room and spell them together with Pig.
TD made this website about his research for a school report. Your child can learn some new words while learning about how bubble gum is made.
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