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
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.
Music Video: Jessica's Wheres and Whys
Jessica's song explains what questions you should ask to figure out the facts.
Music Video: Jessica's 'ai/ay' rap
Jessica raps about the ways to make the "AY" sound, using either the letters A and Y or A and I.
Where Did All the Dogs Go?
Alice and Helen notice something strange: none of the dogs are outside! Your child can learn about the word "INTIMIDATED" in this clip with silly flashbacks.
Music Video: Nobody's Perfect
Jessica encourages self-acceptance in this comic book-inspired musical clip.
Your child can follow these instructions to create a dog feeder or a cereal dispenser while learning about the meanings of words such as directions, assemble, and materials.
Mine Cart Mash
In this online game your child can practice transforming words by adding a letter with a certain vowel or consonant sound.
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.
Martha is learning new vocabulary words and their definitions. With every correct answer, your child will collect more frisbees to play catch with Skits!
Elderly and Youthful
Martha teaches about the opposite words "ELDERLY" and "YOUTHFUL" in this clip where the kids and Helen's grandparents play hide and seek.
Who REALLY knows what art is? In this clever clip, Word Girl and The Learnerer talk art while defining the words "LINGER" and "EVASIVE.
Pablum's the odd new addition to the alphabet soup factory given his specialty is punctuation! In this clip, your child can learn about the purpose of punctuation and the word "INQUIRE.
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