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
Children can use materials from around their homes to dress up Ruff for his next show! Help children explore which properties are best suited for different occasions -- such as a rainy day or a disco party!
Tobey Runs for President
Tobey runs for class president, but Becky finds out that he has no real reason to run, except to impress Word Girl.
Where Did All the Dogs Go?
Alice and Helen notice something strange: none of the dogs are outside! Your child can learn about the word "INTIMIDATED" in this clip with silly flashbacks.
The Three Little Pigs: Alpha Pig Game
Your child can use his letter and sound knowledge to help Alpha Pig write the word "wolf.
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.
Your child can learn about the word "PESTER" in this clip where Grannie Mae baits the bank customers to pester the tellers while she robs the bank!
The Cook-off Part 2: How to Un-toast Toast
Can Ruff figure out how to un-toast toast, or is he out of luck?
Music Video: Shock and P-Star - IE
You child will learn about vowels and the different ie sounds in new words.
You child can make a card of compliments for a friend or family member using kind words like WordGirl might use.
Create Your Own Feeling Words Book
Making a feelings book can help your child better understand and label her feelings.
Your child can play at the circus with Martha via webcam! In these mini-games, your child can learn about word categories, following directions, new words, coordination, and memory.
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.
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