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
Elmo's World: Books
Elmo wants to make a book. Your child can choose one of the titles -- Up and Away, Under the Sea, or Blast Off -- and then add colors and stickers to the pictures to help Elmo make his book.
Becky takes a break from her "TRANQUIL" vacation to stop Chuck's crime spree (and she defines "TRANQUIL" for him, too!)
Super Readers Help Baby Dino
Woofster uses his doggy dictionary to define "herbivore" and "carnivore.
The kids define the words "SURE" and "CERTAIN" when talking about their memories for the ball game the previous day.
In Truman's bunch of mini-games, your child can learn new words and act them out with her favorite characters from Martha Speaks!
Setting a Good Example
In this clip, Ronald uses the word "THOUGHTLESS" to describe people who litter in the park (though his own behavior might also be a little thoughtless!).
Your child can learn about the scientific method and the words "ANALYZE" and "THEORY" in this clip of Truman's imaginative daydream.
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.
Letters to Big Bird
Big Bird has received an alphabet letter in the mail. Your child can practice beginning letter sounds by finding the objects that start with that letter.
Your child can help Special Agent Jack Bowzer fill in the missing words in the sentence to crack the code.
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