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
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.
Martha and her slug friend Dylan illustrate the concept of feeling "SLUGGISH" in this clip.
Two Words Become One
In this activity, your child can have fun learning about compound words by cutting out or drawing pictures of simple words and pairing them together to make new words.
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!
Sniff and Tell
What smells fragrant and what reaks? There are so many smells around us; have your child describe the smells he or she encounters!
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!
Trapped in a Quiz Show
Wordplay can be tricky! "MC" Seymour Smooth tricks Word Girl into saying something she doesn’t mean using opposite words and homophones.
Woofster Defines SPRING
The Super Readers need to help robo-doggy a device to help him jump high! Woofster defines the word "spring" with his doggy dictionary.
Save Burger Boy... The Musical!
Alice comes up with a great idea to make her presentation interesting: add music!
Abby is waving her magic wand in different habitats! Your child can help her find all of the things in a specific habitat that begin with the letter she says.
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