Martha Speaks is designed to increase oral vocabulary – the words we use in conversation. Each story helps children understand what words mean when they hear them. The bigger a child’s oral vocabulary, the better she will comprehend words as she learns to read them. There are two kinds of vocabulary words in every episode: explicit words are defined by one of the characters in the show; implicit words are used in the story but not defined. Both types of words are used several times in each show.
This animated series airs on WGCU-TV weekdays at 7:30 am and 3:30 pm. Or go online to http://pbskids.org/martha/ to watch videos, play games or print out fun things to do.
Rosie Emery was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but moved back to England with her parents when she was 4 years old. Growing up in the legendary Sherwood Forest, Rosie was passionate about animals and nature and was lucky enough to have several pets including a pony called Snibits, whom she would ride for hours at a time, exploring the beautiful countryside around her home. There is a beautiful 500 year old oak tree in Sherwood Forest, which is where Robin Hood is said to have hidden from the Sheriff of Nottingham! The tree is hollow inside and as a child, Rosie would often ride over there and hang out inside the tree, dreaming about all the events the that tree had witnessed.
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