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Press Release: Gale Group [November 18, 2020]

Gale Enhances Miss Humblebee’s Academy to Improve User Experience and Deliver Better Learning Outcomes

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – November 17, 2020 – To help schools, parents and caregivers meet the needs of their early learners and further empower their learning journey toward school readiness, Gale, a Cengage company has made major enhancements to Miss Humblebee's Academy, its award-winning interactive online learning solution for children ages three to six.

New enhancements in include:

Interface Enhancements

  • Guided Learning Path: Updated classroom setting gives children a visual queue of a starting point, interval achievements, and a finish line as they advance from beginning skill level to school readiness.
  • My Learning: Customized learning path, along with the Guided Learning and Choose a Lesson, empowers parents to select specific skills they want their child to focus on.
  • Improved Primary Navigation: Optimized classroom navigation supports new learning paths, content, and subject-specific navigation.
  • Interface Expansion: Full-screen expansion of the classroom experience to support the user experience on desktop and mobile devices.

New Content

  • Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Content: Collection of nearly 100 online classroom lessons and offline extension activities help children learn how to regulate their emotions, develop self-confidence, and more. Includes digital animations, real-life video modeling, songs, and eBooks for both online and offline opportunities.
  • Offline STEAM curriculum: Hundreds of hands-on activities reinforce current lessons focused on development milestones and kindergarten readiness, while supporting the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommended limits on screen time.
  • Teacher-led Video Tutorials: Short video lessons delivered by teachers address key kindergarten readiness skills and concepts in all subject areas including SEL.
  • Interactive eBooks: Offering a read-aloud option, titles are located within the lesson stream and in the searchable library. All eBooks include prediction and comprehension questions. The end of each eBook has an offline printable template to retell the story with words or pictures.
  • World Changers: A new nonfiction series of eBooks features inspiring individuals of all ages from around the globe. Profiled for their positive impact on the world, names include civil rights pioneer Ruby Bridges, inventor and author William Kamkwamba, and human rights activist Malala Yousafzai, among others.
  • Bee Fit: Short on-demand videos and printables to encourage kids to get moving as part of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Practice with Printables – A printables section offers hundreds of practice worksheets and flash cards that parents can print to supplement and reinforce online learning.

Updated Parent Resources

  • Interactive Kindergarten Readiness Checklist and Age-Related Development Milestones: These resources allow parents to review and record cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth as a condition of kindergarten readiness. Parents can enter information into an online spreadsheet and store and track progress in their student dashboard.
  • Quality Printable Resources for Parents: Flexible tools to help parents plan and track learning such as schedules, reading lists, chore charts, reward system, grade tracker, password log, and much more.

Additionally, to ensure school readiness, Miss Humblebee's Academy sends parents a weekly email notification to view progress and performance reports, which are available online at all times. Also, libraries get the tools and reports they need to measure the impact on early literacy development in their communities.

Miss Humblebee's Academy is an online, easy-to-use preschool learning program that offers a comprehensive, standards-based academic and social and emotional learning curriculum. It also includes plenty of offline lessons and activities to reinforce and expand on learning concepts while limiting screen time.

With Miss Humblebee's Academy, libraries can support parents as they adjust to new learning environments and look to replicate in-library programming and preschool or daycare experiences. It provides users access to a safe and secure learning environment for children—free of pop-ups, ads or links. Young learners can explore hundreds of guided lessons and activities accessible via laptops, smartphones, iPads and tablets. Libraries also get the tools they need to measure impact on early literacy development in their communities.

For more on these enhancements, Checkout the Gale blog.

For more information or to request a trial, visit the Miss Humblebee's Academy webpage

About Cengage and Gale

Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, a Cengage company, provides libraries with original and curated content, as well as the modern research tools and technology that are crucial in connecting libraries to learning, and learners to libraries. For more than 60 years, Gale has partnered with libraries around the world to empower the discovery of knowledge and insights – where, when, and how people need it. Gale has 500 employees globally with its main operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit www.gale.com.


Summary: To help schools, parents and caregivers meet the needs of their early learners and further empower their learning journey toward school readiness, Gale, a Cengage company has made major enhancements to Miss Humblebee's Academy, its award-winning interactive online learning solution for children ages three to six.
Publication Year:2020
Type of Material:Press Release
LanguageEnglish
Date Issued:November 18, 2020
Publisher:Gale Group
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Company: Gale Group
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