New Interactive Curiosityville Launches
“We’re excited to be partnering with Curiosityville,” says Nancy Feresten, Senior Vice President for Kids Publishing and Media at National Geographic. “Their focus on offering children fun ways to learn about the world around them perfectly dovetails with our own. And I can’t wait to see what happens when parents see how easy it is to track and support their kids’ learning.“
The Learning Tree – Curiosityville’s Data-Driven Collection and Reporting Program
At the heart of Curiosityville is the Learning Tree, the site’s real-time and interactive data-driven collection and reporting program. As the child plays in Curiosityville, the Learning Tree empowers parents with continuous insight into what and how their child learns. Scaffolding the world, the Learning Tree automatically adjusts to a child’s learning level and interests. Every activity adapts to a child’s learning skill level within the 10 Learning Areas.
The Learning Tree makes personalized recommendations for learning at home, online and in the community. The Learning Tree also allows parents to explore their child’s progress across the 10 core learning areas as it tracks and analyzes their interests, skills and strengths. Parents also receive personalized information and ideas for supporting learning at home. They expand their knowledge about how learning happens through a range of interactive tools including Little Things, Modern Parenting, Family Resources and more.
"As an advocate for 21st century readiness for every student, I am pleased to see that Curiosityville is incorporating essential 21st century skills into their early learning activities both on and offline,” commented Lillian Kellogg, Chair Executive Board, Partnership for 21st Century Skills. “Using fun, playful activities that focus on creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills that fully engage children is an important part of early learning as well as the continued involvement of parents."
Other Notable Features
Curiosityville includes character-driven, fun learning clubs, offering children both online and offline opportunities to dive deeper into targeted areas of interest. The clubs focus on art, reading, nature, science, cooking and community service. Children can also participate in contests, earn rewards and prizes. Other notable features include a child’s personal Scrapbook. The Scrapbook enables children to save and share art created in Pablo’s Masterpiece Maker, the songs he or she composes in Joe’s Music Maker, and the stories he or she writes in Ruby’s Story Master—all in a few simple clicks. For parents, there is the Show and Tell Book to jot down ideas and observations, as well as to save articles and at home activities, webinar videos or other materials they find relevant and interesting. Parents can also use their Show and Tell Book to archive art and other materials created in Curiosityville or outside. Learning Tree reports or other personal documentation can be held safely and securely here, giving parents the ability to create and house all of a child’s learning history. This archive can be easily shared with grandparents, teachers and child service providers.
Every month Curiosityville brings in experts and guests to talk about pressing parenting issues in Town Hall Meetings. The monthly e-newsletter, Curiosityville Times, shares stories about early learning and the latest happenings in Curiosityville – all for families.