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!
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!
Balefire Labs rates educational apps for children with the mission of guiding parents and educators to navigate the app world and choose high quality educational apps. This month, Balefire Labs selected Gracie & Friends Treasure Bubbles and Gracie & Friends Jungle Gym as two of July’s top rated Kids’ EdApps.
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!!
Our team was proud to present our research and development process behind Early Math with Gracie & Friends in the National Science Foundation’s 2015 Teaching and Learning Video Showcase. We are honored to have received NSF funding to create Gracie & Friends and to have received the Facilitators’ Award during the Video Showcase!
Our Early Math Teacher’s Guide is now available!
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!
There are so many fun things to share in the park! Shake apples out of the tree and share them among Gracie and her friends, divide up pie to share with the birds, and give dancing kids the same number of hula hoops. Check out the Gracie & Friends Park Play app, now available in the Apple App Store!