Electronic Education, a division of Pearson Education, has announced the release of Waterford Early Math & Science, a technology-driven curriculum for students in pre-kindergarten through grade two.
Based on research by the Waterford Institute, which also developed the popular Waterford Early Reading intervention program, Early Math & Science uses a variety of methodsincluding multimedia tools and research-based sequencingto enhance the math and science skills of struggling students.
The year-long curriculum incorporates a daily, 15-minute, computer-based instruction period, followed by a variety of different online and offline exercises. Through its use of easy-to-learn controls and its incorporation of music, advanced graphics, and colorful animation, Early Math & Science aims to ensure that children remain actively involved in the learning process.
Teachers can use the program not only to cover new topics, but also to review old concepts. A series of assessment tests require students to prove their mastery of certain concepts. The skills students learn in the classroom are relayed home through books, videotapes, and newsletters to parents.
The software is geared to aid teachers in conveying concepts to children based on the individual pace of their learning abilities. It also provides teachers with the ability to assess a student’s progress at any time during the year.
The Waterford Early Math & Science program is licensed as a turnkey “math center” and costs an average of $20,000 for a three-station installation. This cost includes hardware, software, training, technical support, and student materials for three years. Site license pricing for larger installations also is available.