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
Socks in Space
Socks have gone missing in outer space and Martha is on a mission to find them. Your child can learn new space vocabulary by searching for and collecting the missing socks.
The Usual Dogspects
Is Martha the culprit? In this clip, Mrs. Demson defines the word "RESPONSIBLE" as the accuses Martha of knocking over her trash.
Your child can tell his own Martha Speaks story! In this microphone-based game, your child can pick parts of a story and tell it aloud.
Dog uses different motions and gestures to get other characters to guess what he wants. In this game, use gestures and words to have your child guess which B word you are thinking of. Your child can also use gestures and words to describe a B word for you to guess!
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.
Family Guide (English and Spanish)
Parents can use this printable guide to find ideas for growing a child's vocabulary using Martha Speaks and related activities.
Around Your World
Literacy and geography go hand in hand with this activity that focuses on drawing and labeling the continents of the world.
Martha and her slug friend Dylan illustrate the concept of feeling "SLUGGISH" in this clip.
Build A Word Thing
When letters are decorated to look like the word they represent, it's called a WordThing. In this activity, your child can explore new vocabulary about birds while creating a bird WordThing.
Martha's friend Skits is dreaming of pizza. Your child can learn new baking vocabulary as he sifts, shakes, pours, and mixes ingredients to make a custom pizza for Skits and his friends.
Pablum's the odd new addition to the alphabet soup factory given his specialty is punctuation! In this clip, your child can learn about the purpose of punctuation and the word "INQUIRE.
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.
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