PBS Kids released its latest collection of episodes from its hit series Martha Speaks last month. Martha Speaks: Martha’s Superhero Adventures was released May 13th. The single-disc compilation is another great teaching and learning resource both in the classroom and the living room. The episodes included on the disc are just part of why it is such a valuable resource for families and teachers alike. The bonus activities and printable coloring pages make this collection all the more valuable regardless of whether the DVD is used in homes or schools. And together with the included episodes, the entire package is certain to have viewers of all ages “speaking” themselves about how enjoyable this collection is.
Martha Speaks: Martha’s Superhero Adventures includes six episodes culled from the series, which now has six full seasons under its belt. Those episodes are the foundation of the compilation’s overall enjoyment. Each of the included episodes plays its own role in the set’s enjoyment thanks to the solid work on the part of the series’ writers. Martha learns an important lesson about idol worship in “Starstruck Martha.” She learns that what one sees on screen isn’t always what one gets behind the cameras when it comes to celebrities. It’s very much an episode to which audiences of all ages can relate. And in “Martha the Hero Maker,” Martha’s friends take a story idea with which she came up an turn her artistic vision into their own story. On the surface, it’s just another story. But on a much deeper level, it teaches a valuable lesson about teamwork and respecting the views of others. This is the case whether one is working on a story or just working together on any project. The writers were able to tie in this lesson without making it preachy.
The lessons included in both “Martha the Hero Maker” and “Starstruck Martha” are both good examples of how the series’ writers were able to successfully balance entertaining and educational material to make the show so enjoyable for viewers of all ages. The writers are to be just as commended in the two part episode “Return of the Bookbots: The Case of the Missing Words” amd “Martha’s Adverb Adventure. That’s because while the writers balanced just as expertly the show’s entertainment value with educational content based more in classroom material than on life lessons. The same can be said of “Verb Dog, When Action Calls!” Whether audiences value the episodes in this set for the general vocab-based content, the life lessons or the overall entertainment factor, it can be agreed that the episodes alone are reason enough to add this DVD is an equally useful resource in the classroom and the living room.
The episodes included on the latest Martha Speaks compilation are the foundation for the value of the DVD. They collectively teach important life lessons and educational lessons all while entertaining audiences of all ages. Making the DVD even more valuable for teachers and families are the bonus printable coloring pages and activities. The activities can be printed out just like the coloring pages. The number of printable coloring pages included on this DVD sits at ten. Each printable coloring page features the members of the show’s cast. The bonus printable activity sheets include a hidden object game that serves a dual purpose. On the surface, it lets children find a number of hidden objects. Being that the objects are in a messy room, parents could use that as a starting point in a discussion about why children should clean their rooms. So it’s a double bonus to that extent. There is also a matching card game, a game that encourages children to find the differences between two pictures, and a cryptogram that children have to decipher. A code box is included for children to use as a guide to figure out the cryptogram, too. So that will make it even more fun whether children are deciphering the cryptogram by themselves or with a teacher or parent. These bonuses all work together to make Martha Speaks: Martha’s Superhero Adventures all the more enjoyable. What’s more, they serve to show even more why this latest DVD is an equally valuable resource both in the classroom and the living room.
Martha Speaks: Martha’s Superhero Adventures is available now on DVD. It can be ordered direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=34129636&cp=&sr=1&kw=martha+speaks&origkw=Martha+Speaks&parentPage=search. More information on this and other Martha Speaks DVDs is available online at http://www.facebook.com/PBSmarthaspeaks. More episodes and games are also available online at http://pbskids.org/martha. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.