The Early Math Teacher’s Guide Is Here!

Our Early Math Teacher’s Guide is now available!

Guide Homepage

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!

Gracie & Friends Breakfast Time in the Apple App Store!

Gracie & Friends Breakfast Time is now available in the App Store!

Children make fair shares of waffles, pancakes, watermelon and berries for Gracie and her friends as they learn to equipartion – or equally share – collections of objects and whole objects. Who knew math could be so yummy?

Gracie & Friends Photo Friends in the Apple App Store!

Grab a friend and try out the latest collaborative game from First 8 Studios!
Gracie & Friends Photo Friends is now available in the Apple App Store!

 

Gracie & Friends Lemonade Stand in the Apple App Store!

With the launch of four apps focused on subitizing (instantly recognizing how many there are of something), Gracie and Friends is proud to announce the first of four apps that help preschoolers develop their skills in equipartitioning! Equipartitioning is equal sharing a collection of objects or a whole object by dividing it into equal groups or portions.

Lemonade Stand, now released and available for download through the Apple App Store, invites children to create equivalent cups of lemonade for customers in 20 increasingly tricky levels of gameplay. They slide ice cubes around a table and into cups by tipping and tilting the iPad! Every cup needs the same number of ice cubes, but not any lady bugs! Can you make similar servings at your Lemonade Stand? Try it out and see!

Gracie & Friends Jungle Gym in the Apple App Store

Did you see the latest subitizing app from Gracie & Friends? We hope you enjoy the playful robots of Jungle Gym, which is available to download for the iPad from the Apple App Store!

Modeling Collaborative Apps

We had a bubble-bursting good time sharing the Gracie & Friends Treasure Bubbles iPad app, now available in the Apple App Store, with our young friends and teachers. What was our approach to integrating this collaborative game into the preschool classroom? Modeling how we can work together to learn math — which is “awesome” and totally clap-worthy!

This modeling — and it’s absolutely participatory modeling with the teachers and children! — is all part of our Professional Development for effective integration of research-based, developmentally appropriate games into the preschool classroom. Teachers model the apps for the children, inviting their thoughts, their voices, and their touch.

As for the children? We saw a lot of joy and exuberance while learning together! And that’s the true treasure.