The organization’s early childhood math program, Blueprint, will be released in February 2017, and will be one of the newest technology-based resources for PK-1.
HOUSTON, TX—Math education nonprofit Reasoning Mind has announced plans to release a new online curriculum aimed at prekindergarten, kindergarten, and first-grade students. The software program—called Blueprint—will be available for wide release beginning in February 2017, and complements the organization’s existing programs for grades 2-7.
According to the team at Reasoning Mind, Blueprint is designed to meet a critical need in early childhood education: the lack of high-quality instructional resources for math. Research has shown that early math skills are one of the best predictors for later academic success, and can be even more predictive of achievement than early reading skills.
Like all Reasoning Mind programs, the Blueprint curriculum is designed by expert mathematicians and can be used by teachers of any experience level. Lessons in Blueprint focus on the five essential content areas of early childhood math education: numbers and operations; patterns and algebra; geometry and spatial sense; measurement; and data analysis. Additionally, special attention is given to inspiring an interest in learning for young students, and connecting math to the surrounding world.
Preview the Blueprint interface by viewing the videos above.
When using Blueprint, students move through the interactive curriculum one lesson at a time, and are guided along by a diverse cast of animated characters, through a landscape of virtual locations and a captivating collection of original music and songs. All Blueprint lessons contain rich audio and child-friendly narration, so no reading is required. Finally, Blueprint is completely flexible with regards to technology; it can be used on desktops, laptops, and tablet devices.
Teachers using Blueprint will have access to powerful data and at-a-glance indicators for both class and individual performance. Using Blueprint’s dashboard reports, teachers can easily identify the students most in need of help, and respond quickly to get them back on track. They can also supplement the program’s standardized scope and sequence to meet their school or center’s unique curriculum needs.
With Blueprint, teachers have easy access to useful reports on both class and individual student progress
“We are so proud of what we have created with Blueprint,” said Julia Khachatryan, Senior Vice President and Co-founder of Reasoning Mind. “It will meet a tremendous need for teachers because we spent so much time listening and incorporating their feedback during the development process. Blueprint encapsulates everything that makes Reasoning Mind so special: truly excellent math pedagogy, mixed with a creative, engaging learning environment for students, and powerful data tools for teachers.”
Educators interested in using Blueprint should fill out the contact form at https://www.reasoningmind.org/programs/blueprint/#Contact_Us
About Reasoning Mind
Reasoning Mind is a 501(c)3 nonprofit committed to providing a first-rate math education for every child. The organization designs interactive, online mathematics programs for students that develop higher-order thinking skills, ignite their interest in math, and prepare them for algebra—the “gatekeeper” course to college. In addition, Reasoning Mind offers ongoing professional development, training, and in-person support for teachers and administrators using its programs. With Reasoning Mind, students are engaged, teachers are empowered, and technology is leveraged to provide a world-class mathematics education.
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