I’m very choosy about what I let my kids watch on television. We tend toward the “learning” shows—programs that teach something, from words and math to dinosaurs and kindness. Naturally, that leads us to PBS Kids, a great destination for quality kids’ programming.
One show we hadn’t watched much of was “Martha Speaks”—which is surprising considering a) it features a dog (and my kids are currently leading a “let’s get a dog” campaign!), and b) it’s good!
Based on the best-selling children’s book series by Susan Meddaugh, the “Martha Speaks” series follows the adventures of Martha, a dog whose appetite for alphabet soup gives her the ability to speak. Being a talking dog, Martha lives in a vocabulary-rich environment. The educational goal of the series is to bolster the vocabulary of 4 to 7-year-olds within the context of great stories in engaging, comical ways.
We got a sneak peek, thanks to PBS Kids, of new episodes of “Martha Speaks” that are set to premiere during “Martha Speaketh Weeketh,” which begins June 16. The shows were a hit with my 6.5-year-old son and nearly 5-year-old daughter.
“What do you think?” I asked my son, as the credits rolled.
“Let’s watch it again!” he replied—an A+ in “kid speak.”
My kids particularly liked the episode that featured Martha talking in Elizabethan English. It prompted a conversation about William Shakespeare, why English changed from when Shakespeare was a writer to today, and how to use “thou” in a sentence. I hadn’t anticipated talking about Shakespeare with my kids at this age!
Here’s a clip of that episode:
Our sneak peek of “Martha Speaketh Weeketh” included some other Martha treats including a “Perfectly Martha” book, which my daughter (as you can see in the photo above) has claimed as her very own, squirreling it away in her room in an effort to not share it with her brother (we’re working on that!).
Check out your local listings to catch “Martha Speaketh Weeketh.”
Disclosure: I received a Martha Speaks blogger kit (thanks PBS Kids!) to review. All ideas in this post are mine.