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 build her own superhero lair! Have creative fun in free-play mode or practice answering category questions using pictures in challenge mode.
Your child can learn about the word "REMINISCE" and the history of two older hero and villain friends in this clip.
What's Your Favorite Word?
In this online game, your child can watch favorite word videos or select favorite words to create and send messages to family and friends.
Mitten's kittens are good examples of "SNUGGLING" in this clip where Helen, Skits, and Marta take care of a cat family.
Martha needs help adding captions to her scrapbook. Your child can match the vocabulary word to the photo to complete each page of the scrapbook.
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.
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.
Find the Ugly Duckling
Using words from the Ugly Duckling story, you can make a customized word search to help your child practice identifying letters and reading words.
Your child can tell his own Martha Speaks story! In this microphone-based game, your child can pick parts of a story and tell it aloud.
Daniel and His Friends
In this interactive storybook, your child can read along with Daniel Tiger as he thinks about ways that he is different from his friends and ways that he is the same as his friends.
What makes creaky sounds and what makes crunchy sounds? Listen carefully to the sounds in your environment and then have a discussion with your child about what he hears.
Something Special for Dad
Daniel is sending a letter to his Dad to show him how much he loves him. Your child can read along with this interactive storybook as Daniel describes how he made and sent the letter.
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