Make a Plan
How to help your child learn with Martha:
SET YOUR GOALS!
What do you want your child to learn? Be clear about your hopes. Set goals you can measure, so you'll know when you've reached them.
- "I want Ryan to learn one new word each week. Whatever word it is, I hope to hear him use it on his own."
- "I want Maria to be interested in words. I'll know she is if she sometimes asks me what certain words mean."
- "I want Hannah to understand more of the words she hears grownups use. When Martha says these words, I hope Hannah will be able to say what it means."
- "I want Jamal to be excited about words. When he learns a cool new word from Martha, I'd like to hear him talk about it with his parents, siblings, or teachers."
MAKE A PLAN!
Write down what you're going to do to reach these goals, and when or how often. Choose activities your child likes and remember that words can fit into any part of your daily routine. Put your plan somewhere you will see it, like on your refrigerator.
- "On days when Tommy watches Martha Speaks, I'll have him retell the story at bedtime."
- "I'll look up the vocabulary words for Malik's favorite episode, then try to use those words with him."
- "I'll print out four coloring pages to bring on our car trip, and talk about them with Aliyah."
- "Each day after Isabel's nap we'll watch a video together and talk about the words in it."
- "Every weekend when Connor's cousin comes over, we'll do a parent-child activity as a group."
- "For this month, every evening while I'm preparing dinner, Annie can play Martha's games."
Follow your plan to help your child reach the learning goals you set. Remember, have fun along the way. That's what Martha would do!