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Viewing Tips

Here are some useful tips for making the most of Martha Speaks:

Professor

Find the words

The most important thing you can do to help your child learn new words is to talk together. At the beginning of each Martha Speaks episode, a short introduction describes the vocabulary theme of the show. While you watch together, see if you can find all the words that are in that theme. For example, in "Martha and Skits," the words are all about things that are special and unique, including words like exceptional, stupendous, unique, specialize, extraordinary, one–of–a–kind, excellent, perfect, and super.

Talk about the story

Talk about the characters and the story. Ask your child if she noticed any new words when she watched. Which words did she like best? Making your child excited about words helps her learn new ones. Use some of the new words when you talk together.

Helen and her mom

Nurture your child's interest in words

Read with your child every day. It's a wonderful way to learn new words. Ask him about any new words as you read and use these words when you talk. Ask your child what he liked about the story and talk about the pictures.

kids reading to each other


Talk some more

Talk with your child about her day and anything else she finds interesting — it could be animals, trucks, or ice cream. If English is not her first language, you don't have to talk in English to build her vocabulary. Learning and using new words in their home language makes it easier for children to learn words in English.

a cup of ice cream, a cow and a toy truck

Download the Family Guide

For more tips on what to do when you watch Martha Speaks with your kids, download the family guide (pdf) in English or Spanish!

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