In Map Adventures, two players navigate maps and visit landmarks together! Take your pictures and explore the excitement of the farm and city. Dress up with cows, put together dinosaur bones, dig in the sandbox, and dance with disco chickens. Try not to scare the goats in the Goat Challenge!
• Collaborative, two-player adventures
• 2 Maps to explore, each with 4 rounds of missions
• 8 Landmarks to visit
• 4 Goat Challenge games, each with 3 levels
• A Family Fun guide for at-home learning
• Alignment with research-based early math learning trajectories
• No in-app purchases
• No advertising
This app provides a variety of ways for children to practice their spatial thinking skills. Spatial thinking is the math that is used when navigating, reading maps and diagrams, and following directions to put things together.
This app is designed to help children strengthen their spatial thinking skills as they:
• Understand and use spatial relations vocabulary such as: in, on, under, up, down, by, beside, between, in front of, behind, left, right
• Use landmarks to locate an object
• Track directional movements and proximity to landmarks
• Use a model to represent real space
• Plan routes for navigating
Early Math with Gracie & Friends is a math-focused preschool curriculum supplement that includes resources for classroom and home use. Map Adventures and the corresponding hands-on activities were designed to support children’s spatial thinking skills. The Map Adventures app and hands-on activities are based on rounds of iterative research and development with preschool children and parents. They were made for parents and children to play together! Research has shown that the use of this app and hands-on activities help preschoolers learn about spatial concepts and improve their spatial thinking knowledge.
Early Math Gracie & Friends is not just apps! Our research shows the importance of engaging learners in hands-on, non-digital play. In fact, for every Gracie & Friends app, we have created and researched around five hands-on activities!
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About First 8 Studios at WGBH
WGBH Educational Foundation has pioneered children's educational media for decades. First 8 Studios at WGBH is dedicated to carrying this pioneering spirit into the digital, mobile world, building and researching new learning experiences for children from birth through age 8, their parents, and their teachers. Gold-standard research serves as the foundation of our work. So does an ongoing commitment to the parents, teachers, and children we have worked with, and continue to work with, to give them a voice in the digital media development process. The countless hours we've spent with them have shaped Early Math with Gracie & Friends™ beyond measure. You'll find evidence of those big hearts and little fingerprints throughout each Gracie & Friends experience.
Early Math with Gracie & Friends™ and the characters and related indicia are trademarks of First 8 Studios @WGBH. ™/© 2017 WGBH Educational Foundation. All Rights Reserved.
This Early Math with Gracie & Friends™ app was produced by WGBH Digital in Boston.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.