Martha Speaks animated PBS show promotes fine arts next week

Martha enters an Opera contest on Martha Speaks

PBS will air 5 brand new children’s cartoon episodes of Martha Speaks during President’s Day week February 21-25. If you haven’t yet tuned in to see the talking dog on PBS, this would be a great week to give your pet loving kids a peek at the show’s clever canine.

Our youngest guy is a dog lover, and absolutely adores our little Beagle, Daisy. He’s only in preschool, so teaching him how to play appropriately with his doggie has always been a challenge. About six months ago he and I happened to catch an episode of Martha Speaks by chance, and since then we’ve both been hooked. Martha taught my little guy the right way to play with his dog in the very first episode we ever watched. Because Martha talks, she’s able to teach kids from a canine perspective things that they might not otherwise learn

Teach Music with Animated Cartoon Martha Speaks

Martha Speaks episode Martha the Maestro music education for kids
Martha the maestro

We are also big music lovers in our house. All the kids take lessons with instruments, and we love exposing them to the arts in fun, friendly ways. So I am very excited to spread the word about these new episodes. If you like to expose your kids to arts, music, and a classical education, you may want to Tivo these episodes. They are geared toward early elementary aged kids and are certainly simple enough for a preschooler to understand and enjoy too. Homeschool families and educators will also enjoy the additional materials that will be available by the PBS show for supplementation, too.

The Martha Speaks show producers are posting their additional educational resources on their Martha Speaks FaceBook page so be sure to check it out.

“We hope Martha can provide a fun introduction to opera and classical music, theater, and Greek mythology,” says Carol Greenwald, the show’s Senior Executive Producer. “For some kids, this will be their first exposure to these art forms. These subjects might seem really grown-up, but Martha has her own unique way of making them accessible to kids.”

Martha Speaks opera contest
Martha enters an opera contest on Martha Speaks

Kids will see “The Opera Contest” and “Maestro Martha” on Monday, February 21. In “The Opera Contest,” a local opera company is holding a contest to get kids interested in opera. In “Maestro Martha,” bad guys Pablum and Weaselgraft have a plan to turn a charity concert into a heist by using the power of music…very strange music. Can Martha turn down the volume on their evil scheming before it’s too late?

On Wednesday, February 23, Mrs. Boxwood offers Martha a part in Alice in Wonderland in “Martha Acts Up”. Martha is thrilled at her opportunity to become a star of the theater, but when she finds out she’s cast as the Cheshire cat, she’s horrified. Will Martha be able to get into character before the night of the show?

The week concludes on Friday, February 25 with the kids’ take on classic Greek myths. In “Myth Me?” and “TD’s Myth Take,” the gang turns a boring, rainy day into fun by acting out Greek myths. The trouble is, TD doesn’t like the way Greek myths end and decides to come up with his own endings. With the help of Martha and Truman, TD puts on a performance that exceeds everyone’s expectations.

There are other episodes also airing during this special fine arts week on Martha Speaks. Check out “Skits and Mr. Scruffles” and “Brave Truman” on February 22. Also see “Patrol Dog Martha” and “The Crooning Crook Caper” on February 24. Check your local listings for exact air dates and times of each of these Martha Speaks episodes scheduled to air President’s Day week.

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