What Is Next Generation Preschool Science?

Next Generation Preschool Science brings together educational researchers from SRI Education and EDC, public media producers from WGBH, and preschool teachers and children to create rich early science curricula that integrate tablet-based and traditional learning experiences. Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, the team…

City Skate on Apple TV

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GRACIE & FRIENDS CITY SKATE was released with the launch of the latest Apple TV (which now allows for interactive games and apps), and is featured as one of Apple TV’s Best New Apps in the Education category! We are so excited to be able to share Gracie & Friends on more platforms!

Parents’ Choice Award Winners

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The Fall 2015 Parents’ Choice Awards® are out, and we’re proud to say that Parents’ Choice Recommends six Early Math with Gracie & Friends™ apps in the Mobile Apps category. Check out the reviews of Gracie & Friends Breakfast Time, Jungle Gym, Lemonade Stand, Park Play, Photo Friends, and Treasure Bubbles.

Two of our apps are already Approved by Parents’ Choice in the Software – Mobile Apps category: Gracie & Friends Birthday Café and City Skate.

Thank you to the Parents’ Choice Foundation for their work helping parents and educators identify top learning materials, and thank you to our team here at WGBH and to our partners at EDC and SRI for their commitment to making high-quality educational media!

Congrats and thanks to Efrain Ponce, American Graduate Champion

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This Thanksgiving week, First 8 Studios reflects with gratitude on the inspiring teachers who have collaborated with us.

One particular “Thank you!” goes to Efrain Ponce, for being a great role model to young children and their teachers, and for being a dedicated partner to First 8 Studios! Congrats on your recognition as an American Graduate Champion!

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We’ll miss our preschool graduates!

It has been such a joy to work with Head Start teacher Rania and her preschoolers on the Next Generation Preschool apps over the last two years! Here’s a short video from our last visit of the school year (thanks to a third party app called Magisto!):

We’re sad to see some of our young friends graduate from preschool, but excited for what their lives will bring! Good luck, and many thanks to Head Start, Rania, and her class!!

The Early Math Teacher’s Guide Is Here!

Our Early Math Teacher’s Guide is now available!

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We are thankful to our teachers and researchers for helping us develop the web-based guide and curriculum supplement that provides support for the Gracie & Friends iPad apps (now available in the Apple App Store).

The free guide includes 3-week curriculum sequences for two math units: subitizing and equipartitioning. It shares pictures of real teachers in the classroom using each of the activities, including digital and hands-on games and activities, books, songs, snacks, and outdoor play! 

Not familiar with subitizing and equipartitioning? The Early Math Teacher’s Guide helps to understand the math as well as how to teach it. More professional development videos and topics coming over the next few months.

We are thrilled to share this guide and look forward to hearing how you use it!