One afternoon when I was cooking dinner and my little guy was surfing through Netflix Kids, I began to overhear words like “logic”, “evidence” and “proof” come from the show he was watching. Naturally, it piqued my curiosity but I was cooking something that needed my attention. So, I made a mental note to check it out when I was done. Of course, I totally forgot.
A couple of days later though, Godless Son used the word “recommend” correctly in a sentence. Impressed, I asked him if he learned it at school. He said, “No, Mommy! Martha taught me!”. All I got out of him before the conversation derailed and we were suddenly playing Star Wars, was that Martha was a talking dog.
The following weekend, we had a stretch of rain, so my cutie was inside watching more Netflix while I cleaned. This time, I overheard kids talking about Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Then I heard Neil’s voice! Naturally, I had to drop everything and go see what it was my little boy was watching.
It was Martha Speaks from PBS Kids and it was amazing! The episode he was watching starred Neil DeGrasse Tyson who happens to be one of the main character’s favourite hero. We spent all afternoon watching Martha Speaks. The episodes covered such topics as logic, reason, superstition, evidence, proof. Each show is centred around a list of new vocabulary. It explores the meaning of these new words and they almost always have to do with critical thinking in some way. If ever there was an atheist cartoon for children, this is it. I was thrilled not only to find it, but that my little dude had chosen it himself.
If you’re an atheist parent, go watch this wonderful cartoon with your kids. You will love it just as much as they do!
Here’s Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s episode: