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Reading and writing for young children begins by sharing books and stories, alphabet songs and games, rhymes, and early drawing and writing experiences. When children see written words, it helps them recognize letters and understand meaning in text. Reading also builds their vocabulary.

Plays: 191

Trash Gordon: Planet Spaghetti

Oscar reads to Slimey about Trash Gordon.
1:53 Runtime
Plays: 809

Mindy Kaling: Enthusiastic

Mindy Kaling and Elmo explain the word enthusiastic.
1:58 Runtime
Together, create an activity calendar for the week, and plan one activity each day that your child is enthusiastic about and can look forward to. Ask him what makes him feel really excited.
Plays: 374

Alphabet Soup

Help Cookie Monster make words in his soup!
Ask your child, "What letter does the noodle words begin with?" Help him to think of other familiar words that begin with that letter.
Plays: 628

Letter V Salesman

Grover tries to sell the letter V.
1:58 Runtime
Plays: 396

Lena Horne Sings the Alphabet

Lena Horne sings with the Muppets.
1:37 Runtime
Plays: 720

Grover, Elmo, and the Alphabet

Grover and Elmo recite the alphabet.
0:51 Runtime
Plays: 556

Charlize Theron: Jealous

Charlize Theron feels jealous of Abby Cadabby's wings.
2:23 Runtime
Talk about the word jealous, a strong feeling you have when you want something that someone else has. Together, talk about a time when your child felt jealous and what she did to feel better.
Plays: 1186

Alphabet Rap

Elmo raps the alphabet.
1:28 Runtime
Plays: 399

Follow Your Curiosity

Abby, Elmo and Buzz ask questions to learn to words.
3:26 Runtime
Plays: 391

ABC Hungry

Pop the bubbles!
Each time your child finds the correct letter, ask him to tell you what sound it makes, and together, think of words that begin with that letter.
Plays: 3046

Outer Space ABCs

Blast off for an alphabet song in outer space!
1:20 Runtime
Go on a letter hunt! Pick a letter and see how many times you can find it as an uppercase letter and as a lowercase letter. Signs, store windows, and books are great places to look!
Plays: 764

Spanish Word of the Day: Salta

Rosita teaches us that "salta" means jump.
1:11 Runtime