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
In this build-a-poem game, your child can practice making silly rhymes with Martha and then choose a setting to go with the rhyme.
TD made this website about his research for a school report. Your child can learn some new words while learning about how bubble gum is made.
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.
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.
Getting To The Game
Your child can follow along as Martha reads about different ways to travel and learn about how different forms of transportation work.
In WordGirl's Word Find, your child can search for and practice spelling many of the words from the show!
Music Video: Hector's Canine Rap
Your child can rhyme along with this rap about being human vs. canine.
Music Video: UTK & Shock "ph/gh
UTK and Shock stop by the Electric Company to talk about the sounds made by the letters "PH" and "GH.
Alice's storytelling troubles come from the fact that she loves to "DIGRESS." Your child can learn about digressions and storytelling from Martha in this clip.
T.D.'s Report on Inventor Tom Adams
Your child can learn about good public speaking skills in this clip where T.D. gives a class presentation.
Celeb Cam: Andrea Burns
Manny's mom can teach your child about using the word "HOW" in sentences or to ask questions in this clip where she brags about Manny.
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