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 Eight
The Three Little Pigs: Super Why Game
Your child can help the team stop the big bad wolf using her knowledge of opposites.
Operation Ice Cream
With new forms of technology and old-fashioned innovations, there are a number of ways to invite friends over for an ice-cream party! Your child will learn words such as communicate and connect. Take it a step further by helping your child make his or her own invitation!
Mitten's kittens are good examples of "SNUGGLING" in this clip where Helen, Skits, and Marta take care of a cat family.
De-hy-what?" Becky defines the word "DEHYDRATED" using the root "HYDRATE" for her friend when she takes care of watering his plant.
Grover's Rhyme Time
Grover is driving a train of rhyming words. Your child can help Grover drive the train and collect the items he needs to fill the rhyming train cars.
Write a Play
Just like Princess Pea and Red, you and your child can work together to write and put on a play as a way of practicing writing skills and creative thinking.
Go on a Shape Hunt Adventure
Go on a shape hunt adventure! Your child can identify and take pictures of shapes around the house or neighborhood, and then use the photos to make a shape book.
Super Why is reading his favorite stories, but he's zapping and switching out words to change them! Your child can follow along as a story is read, or read the story on his or her own.
Martha teaches the multiple meanings of the word "PRESSURE," and T.D. is relieved to know how to combat homework stress!
Martha and her slug friend Dylan illustrate the concept of feeling "SLUGGISH" in this clip.
Dogs on Ice
Your child will learn new words such as "near, around, and over" as she makes a skating routine in this Martha Speaks game.
In this clip, Skits tries to define "PREVIOUSLY," but he needs Martha's help (he prefers to play the piano!).
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