There’s a New Teacher in Town

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Miss Humblebee’s Academy is an early literacy program for 3‑6 year olds (and their parents) to prepare for success in kindergarten and beyond. With hundreds of fun, interactive lessons in Math, Science and Social Studies, Language and Literacy, Art, and Music, the curriculum increases in difficulty as the user progresses through the program.

Miss Humblebee’s Academy assess cognitive skills at regular intervals for measurable improvement toward kindergarten readiness and offers a developmental observation checklist allowing parents to review and record social and emotional growth as an additional condition of preparedness. Libraries can also access aggregate data to see how young learners progress.

Sounds too good to be true? Read a review:

Originally Posted in School Library Journal, November 2016

“At the bottom of the screen, there’s a bar with icons denoting different features. Clicking the “Home” icon brings users back to the main classroom. Completing lessons earns platers coins, and they can “buy” items (such as stickers to use for digital art) using the “Shop” icon. There’s a “Music Room” with songs and a “Library” full of stories.

Ease of Use: Adults and children will find this database as intuitive as it gets. Simply worded instructions for each lesson appear on-screen, and when the lesson icon is clicked, a pleasant-sounding female narrator reads the directions aloud.

Teacher and Student Resources: For parents or educators, tracking a student’s progress is simple and the tools provided clearly show how students are performing. Lessons can be presented sequentially, which is the default presentation, or adults can opt to choose which ones their child participates in at a given time. Progress reports are generated and maintained automatically. A combination of bar graphs, life graphs, and tables keep track of proficiency in each subject over the course of a week and cumulatively. An illustrated key indicates whether a student is ready for kindergarten and, if not, what the parent/educator can do about it. There are also tutorials on how to make the most of Miss Humblebee’s Academy.

Appropriately, the student interface is more pared down than the parent interface. There are several bonus rooms in the student section: the Avatar Room, where children can create images of bugs to represent themselves; the Puzzle Room; and the Sticker Room.

Verdict: The Comprehensive, cross-curricular lessons are expertly presented, and the interface is accessible and engaging. With Miss Humblebee’s soother guidance, preparing kids for kindergarten is a breeze.”

—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Libraries


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