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
It's time to read with WordGirl! Your child can make story choices and learn new vocabulary as stories about Pretty Princess, WordGirl, and Becky Botsford are read aloud.
Francine has ordered the bots to dump compounds words into the trash pile. Your child can practice identifying and breaking apart compound words to stop the bots.
Your child can follow these instructions to create a dog feeder or a cereal dispenser while learning about the meanings of words such as directions, assemble, and materials.
The kids define the words "SURE" and "CERTAIN" when talking about their memories for the ball game the previous day.
A Parent's Guide to NonFiction
Parents can use this guide to understand ways to introduce non-fiction into your child's reading and help them understand and learn from it.
A Tale of Two Soup Cans
Your child can follow along as Martha reads this story about reusing and recycling items and learn new words, such as landfill, consequences, and environment.
Learning to Resolve Conflicts with Role Play
In this activity, your child can work on conflict resolution skills by using two stuffed animals to role play and brainstorm solutions to solve a conflict.
WordGirl needs to stop the Butcher from stealing from the museum. Your child will learn new words while reading this wacky comic book adventure.
Recipe for Making a "Hullabaloo
WordGirl and Tobey argue about the meaning of the word "hullabaloo." Your child can use his or her imagination to make a recipe for hullabaloo, practicing new vocabulary words!
Make a Poster to Help Your Child Learn to Make Waiting Easier
Waiting in line or waiting for a turn can be difficult for children. Work with your child to create an idea poster showing what to do while waiting.
Super Why! Power to Read
Super Why, Wonder Red, Princess Presto, and Alpha Pig can help your child practice reading, writing, spelling, and rhyming!
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