Sunday, June 15 2014 17:02

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Set the DVR! MARTHA SPEAKETH WEEKETH is this... Weeketh on PBS KIDS

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PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)With Addie starting kindergarten this Fall, learning this summer and building on her vocabulary are very important points for us. MARTHA SPEAKS is a great tool - a show "designed to bolster the oral vocabulary of 4-to7-year-olds, engaging them with humor and imagination." We're right in that sweet spot, and if you have a little one that is, too - then this week, tune into MARTHA SPEAKETH WEEKETH on PBS KIDS (check your local listings) to catch new episodes, and then check out the all-new Martha's Steaks game on the PBS KIDS website for even more learning fun! 

As part of my gig as a PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent), the girls and I got to check out two of the new episodes - "Thou Callest Me a Dog" and "Martha's Paper Chase" - along with some of the fantastic cross-platform learning tools that bring the MARTHA SPEAKS experience with us where ever we go. Through books like 2008's PERFECTLY MARTHA and the newly-released graphic novel, CANINE COMICS: SIX DARING DOGGIE ADVENTURES, to the DVD collections like PUPPIES! PUPPIES!, PUPPIES!, learning is available whenever we are.

What does it sound like when Martha goes Shakespearean? Check out this clip to find out!

Along with a summer learning and fun kit that included some additional goodies from the folks at ABC Mouse (which we're looking forward to trying) and Chuck E. Cheese's, we've got even more adventures ahead of us in the coming weeks.

For more on MARTHA SPEAKS, check out the official site and Facebook page.


James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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