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
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!
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.
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.
PBS Parents Play & Learn
Designed specifically with parents in mind, this app provides more than a dozen math and literacy games that parents can play with their kids. Each game builds on the natural curiosity of children and is themed around a familiar location like the garden or grocery store.
Kid Math's Coming to Dinner
Rex teaches the definition for the word "CALCULATE" in this clip where Becky and Rex talk about the benefits of secret identities.
How Do You Measure Up?
In this game from Martha Speaks, your child can find out about measuring and take a fun "quizmo" to see what she learned.
Mini Golf Battleground
Becky defines the word "CONCENTRATE," which she's trying to do so she can win the mini golf tournament honestly.
Letters to Big Bird
Big Bird has received an alphabet letter in the mail. Your child can practice beginning letter sounds by finding the objects that start with that letter.
Super Why Lands in the Banana Mystery Book
Read along with the Super Why team as they realize two friends have missing items.
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.
It's tower time! Children explore and investigate properties of materials that help them build a tall, stable tower.
Music Video: Jessica's 'ai/ay' rap
Jessica raps about the ways to make the "AY" sound, using either the letters A and Y or A and I.
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