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
Tobey Crashes the Party
Tobey's unexpected empathy provides a good lesson on the word "SENSITIVE" in this clip.
Play Pretend: Post Office
Creating a post office in your own home can be as easy as decorating a shoe box and setting aside time and materials for everyone in your house to make cards or drawings for each other.
Captain Huggy Face's Freeze Frame
Your child can practice vocabulary skills by filling in the right word in WordGirl's adventures.
Resizing Goes Awry
Size-related vocabulary abounds in this clip where Dr. Two-Brains tries to use his shrink ray on Word Girl and Captain Huggy Face.
Martha's friend Skits is dreaming of pizza. Your child can learn new baking vocabulary as he sifts, shakes, pours, and mixes ingredients to make a custom pizza for Skits and his friends.
Windy McCloud Talks About Temperature
Your child can learn about hot and cold temperature in this clip where Windy McCloud defines "TEMPERATURE.
Music Video: Sean Kingston
Sean Kingston raps about the soft and hard sounds of "c." Your child will learn that "c" can sound like a "k" or "s," depending on the letter that follows "c.
Flashcard Art Game
In this activity, your child can express her creativity and word knowledge by expressing the meaning of words through drawing.
Super Grover in The Nick of Rhyme
Super Grover is here to save the day! Your child can help Grover find missing items by choosing the correct rhyming words.
Make the Band
Martha is taking over the recording studio. Your child will learn about instruments and new music vocabulary as she composes a song in this Martha Speaks game.
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