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
Neighborhood Clean Up
Daniel, Katerina, and their neighbors work together to clean up their playground. Your child can learn about recycling, community involvement, and reading skills in this story.
Write a Story With Your Child Based on a Real Experience
Together with your child, write a story based on a memory. Then help your child read the story back to you.
Super Why! To the Rescue
Your child can come to the rescue with the Super Why team by figuring out which word completes the sentence.
Frog and Duck are Invited to a Sleepover!
When Frog and Duck are invited to a sleepover, Duck is nervous about sleeping away from his nest. Your child can learn about spelling and courage in this clip.
Your child can laugh along with Helen, Truman, and T.D. as they console Martha who is convinced she's "STARVING" during the blackout.
Music Video: Jenni Barber - Capitalize
Jenni Barber sings a country song to teach about when to capitalize letters in words.
Chocolate Mug Cake
Make predictions about how ingredients mix and change while baking to form a delicious, chocolate mug cake!
Snug as a Bug
Frog and Bug need help! Your child can use rhyming to help Bug figure out where he'll be "SNUG" so he can sleep.
In the Park with Skits
Skits needs help sniffing out new things! In this game, your child can help guide Skits through the park to find pictures examples of the new words.
Word Magic, Word Find!
Breaking down compound words from WordGirl into smaller words can help your child learn new vocabulary and recognize words. Try it with this activity.
You child can make a card of compliments for a friend or family member using kind words like WordGirl might use.
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.
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