Posts Tagged ‘martha speaks’

indexProduced by WGBH in Boston, Martha Speaks is a fantastic PBS Kids program that takes its name from a beloved dog, Martha, who can talk.  Why?  Because she eats alphabet soup!  And with so many letters in her head, Martha effectively teaches children new vocabulary words, some of which will astonish you.

At the start of the holiday season, children will immediately warm to the family-themed MARTHA’S THANKSGIVING, a special episode where Martha searches for her long-lost canine family as her owner, Helen, has an extended family coming together for Thanksgiving.   The program airs on WGBY this Monday, November 25, and again on Thanksgiving Day at 6:30am, a time that usually finds kids ready to start their day!

Parents and teachers don’t have to rise early to discover the great learning resources that accompany Martha Speaks.  At the Martha Speaks Parent and Teacher’s  website, you’ll find expert research and activities as well as curriculum for Martha Speaks Reading Buddies and Martha Speaks Read Aloud Book Club — all great resources that support students oral vocabulary growth.

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On Monday, October 3rd, Martha Speaks kicks off its new season with a week of animal adoption-themed episodes and the Martha Speaks Shelter Dog Campaign, which will continue through National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week in November.

Thinking of adding a four-legged friend to your family? With National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week coming up in November, PBS KIDS Martha Speaks and The Humane Society of the U.S. have teamed up to provide you with the resources you need.

Already adopted a pet? We want to hear about it! Share photos, videos, and stories on how a shelter animal has changed your life on the Martha Speaks Facebook page.

Don’t forget to tune in to the BRAND NEW Martha Speaks episode “Carolina Picks a Lily,” on WGBY Monday, October 3 at 7:30am and 3:30pm.

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MarthaWGBY is proud once again to be a part of LittleFest, a community event focused on celebrating early childhood literacy and learning.  On August 11th from 10am to 4pm, come down to the Springfield Museums for music, craft activities, and other fun activities.  The first 500 children to attend receive a free book along with other great surprises.  Also, be on the look out for Martha, our favorite canine companion from the PBS series Martha Speaks.  For more information about the event, download the flyer.  Admission to the Museum is free to Springfield residents and WGBY members.

We hope to see you there!

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Martha Speaks Week

This week’s theme for PBS Kids Summer Reading is “Martha Fun Summer Week.”

Based on the best-selling children’s book series by Susan Meddaugh, the Martha Speaks animated TV series follows the adventures of Martha, a loveable dog whose appetite for alphabet soup gives her the ability to speak.  Here are this week’s episodes:

  • “Martha’s Slumber Party of the Weird”/“Return to Martha’s Slumber Party of the Weird” – Monday, June 27, 2011
  • “Martha Puts Out the Lights, Parts 1 & 2” – Tuesday, June 28, 2011
  • “Escape from Flea Island”/“No Dogs Allowed” – Wednesday, June 29, 2011
  • “Martha in the Hold”/“Get Along, Little Dogies!” – Thursday, June 30, 2011
  • “The Long Rotten Summer”/“The Case of the Shattered Vase” – Friday, July 1, 2011

Martha Speaks airs at 7:30am and 3:30pm on WGBY.  For more fun things to try this summer, visit the Martha Speaks website.

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WGBY is proud to present the Martha Speaks Read Aloud Book Club, a series of literacy events at local public libraries in western Massachusetts.  At each event, a new dog-themed book will be read aloud along with other crafts, games, and surprises.  These events are geared towards children preK-2. 

Here’s one of our friends, Dan Paquette from the Westfield Athenaeum, talking about this program from last year. 

Registrations for these events will be taken by the libraries themselves on a first-come/first-serve basis.  For a list of participating libraries and their contact information, visit the WGBY Events page.  The Martha Speaks Read Aloud Book Club is just one part of WGBY’s Raising Readers initiative, a series of events focused on preventing the summer reading slide. 


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MarthaWe’ve just heard the good news: Martha Speaks has been renewed for a fourth season.

The animated series is targeted toward 4- to 7-year-olds and is based on the best-selling books by Susan Meddaugh.

“We are delighted that Martha Speaks has been greenlit for a fourth season,” said WGBH senior executive producer Carol Greenwald. “We have watched Martha’s audience grow each season—currently reaching an average of 4.5 million people on air each week and 745,000 online each month in the U.S.—and we look forward to creating new adventures for Martha to share with our audience.”

Martha Speaks is complimented by a great “Parents and Teachers” site that offers activities, expert advice for learning vocabulary, and parenting resources.

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