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
Your child can learn about the word "PESTER" in this clip where Grannie Mae baits the bank customers to pester the tellers while she robs the bank!
Inventors are often inspired by nature when they invent! Your child can learn how nature has inspired different inventions, and learn new vocabulary words along the way.
Put on a Puppet Show
Let the Peg + Cat show begin! Your child can use simple shapes and craft materials to create Peg and Cat stick puppets for his own puppet show.
Martha's pictures are all mixed up. In this game, your child can swap the picture parts side-to-side or up and down to put them back together.
Ruff Plushie & Game
Help your child make a plushie that can be pushed with different forces towards a target.
As clean as a walrus? Your child can practice using effective figurative language in this clip where Word Girl helps define "SIMILE" for a gameshow.
Word Girl recognizes and defines the word "UNRULY," though she temporarily forgets she needs to help solve the problem, too!
Puppy Day Care
Your child can learn new words associated with pet care and match the puppies to the actions they need in this game.
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.
Your child can practice writing the names of the planets after making a space mobile with you.
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