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
Ruff Plushie & Game
Help your child make a plushie that can be pushed with different forces towards a target.
Red's Rhyme and Roll
Red is collecting fruit to take to Grandma! Your child can help Red by finding the rhyming words.
Music Video: Nobody's Perfect
Jessica encourages self-acceptance in this comic book-inspired musical clip.
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!
WordGirl Doesn't Get Tricked... Much
Your child can learn about journalism, facts, and opinions in this clip where Becky is upset over a newspaper article written by Scoops about Word Girl.
T.D.'s Tomato Story
In this silly clip, T.D. recounts his family's huge argument on the pronunciation of "potato." Your child can learn about pronunciation wordplay and the word "IMAGE.
Music Video: Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon rocks out while teaching about adding the letter H to words to change their meaning.
Becky takes a break from her "TRANQUIL" vacation to stop Chuck's crime spree (and she defines "TRANQUIL" for him, too!)
Dogs looooove treats! Your child can guide the neighborhood dogs to their favorite treats by tumbling, sprinting, gliding and using other movement verbs that Martha teaches!
Snow day! After the kids work to collect information on school closures, they celebrate (as cautious Truman defines "RISKY.")
The Three Little Pigs: Alpha Pig Game
Your child can use his letter and sound knowledge to help Alpha Pig write the word "wolf.
Music Video: Punctuation with L.L. Cool J
You child will learn about punctuation as they hear this song from the The Electric Company.
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