Educational TV: Martha Speaks PBS and WGBH Kids

The other day I posted about the countdown to the kids’ summer vacation and how it’s important to take a breather. I am all for letting the kids watch TV during some “down time” but I think it’s worthwhile to mention that not all kids TV is educational.  Oh sure they can learn some things from a few unmentioned shows (some sass and backtalk) but that is why we love Martha Speaks.

They are celebrating the end of the school year with a week of new episodes.  WGBH also released a study highlighting the positive effects of Martha Speaks on kids’ vocabulary – yeah!  A TV show that is really educational (and cute and funny too).

The fun begins on Monday, June 27 with the brand-new two-part episode, Martha’s Slumber Party of the Weird, featuring Martha and the gang sharing eerie science fiction stories. Then on Tuesday, June 28 through Thursday, June 30, enjoy Martha Speaks episodes featuring Martha and her friends enjoying outdoor activities including camping, canoeing, and watching fireworks. The adventures conclude on Friday, July 1 with another brand-new episode, The Long Rotten Summer, featuring everyone’s favorite summer activity…spending the day in school?

Plus there are some fun online activities you can do with your kids AND The Martha Speaks website is now mobile-optimized for the iPhone and iPad, offering families another way to bring the educational content from Martha Speaks to kids wherever they are. The Martha Speaks website is premiering two new games for kids on the go this summer: Summer Scenes and Magic Word. Both games help strengthen vocabulary knowledge by using target vocabulary from the show. Additionally, kids can download the Martha Speaks Dog Party App for the iPhone and iPad.

Online fun, games and new shows – what’s not to like?

PBS' Martha Speaks TV show

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