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Preschool Curriculum on Nick Jr. Boost - Educator-Created & Customized for Your Child

Learning is an adventure on Nick Jr. Boost thanks to an educator-created preschool curriculum that seamlessly combines play with learning. Best of all, it's totally personalized - all of the preschool curriculum activities are customized to your child's comprehension and skill level. Sign up now to receive a free, 7-day trial! As a member, you'll benefit from a safe, ad-free environment and progress reports designed specifically for parents!

Preschool Curriculum Activities - Second to None

Dora, Diego, Kai-Lan, The Backyardigans, the Wonder Pets and other favorite Nick Jr. characters are here to help your child explore literacy, math, science, creativity, Spanish, and computer skills in a variety of preschool curriculum activities! From learning the alphabet to improving reading comprehension, from simple counting to mastering addition and subtraction, your child can depend on Nick Jr. Boost to get a head start on the concepts and skills that are essential for academic success.

Preschool Curriculum Starts with Preschool Curriculum Ideas

Nick Jr. Boost is guided by national standards in preschool education, making the most of the time children spend playing online with a "connected learning" approach. Moreover, our experienced, knowledgeable Advisory Board backs each of our preschool curriculum ideas.

Christine Ricci, Ph.D.

Advisory Board Chairperson

Dr. Christine M. Ricci is currently an educational consultant for NickJr.com and the Director of Research for Ni Hao Kai-lan! She is the former Director of Research for Go, Diego, Go! and Producer/Director of Research and Development for Dora the Explorer.

Dr. Ricci oversaw the development and implementation of the educational and cultural curriculum goals in these series. Prior to her work at Nick Jr., Dr. Ricci was a Research Associate for Metis Associates. She coordinated the research and evaluation activities for several large New York City School districts and city-wide community programs in the areas of bilingual and dual-language education, literacy, and technology in education initiatives. In addition, Dr. Ricci has authored over 50 children's books and is a frequent contributor to Nick Jr. Family Magazine. Dr. Ricci received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Massachusetts.

Art Baroody, Ph.D.

Math

Art Baroody is a Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focus is children's mathematical learning, particularly the development of counting, number, and basic arithmetic concepts and skills during early childhood.

Currently, he is studying the development of number and operation sense among preschoolers (1.5 to 5 year olds). Art has written numerous books, including Children's Mathematical Thinking: A Developmental Framework for Preschool, Primary, and Special Education Teachers. He also co-authored the third edition of the preK-3 diagnostic test, Test of Early Mathematics Ability (TEMA-3), and co-wrote the number and operation standards for early childhood mathematics, which are included in the book Engaging Young Children in Mathematics: Standards for Early Childhood Mathematics Education.

Sandra L. Calvert, Ph.D.

Creativity, Typing

Sandra L. Calvert, the Director of the Children's Digital Media Center, received her Ph.D. in Developmental and Child Psychology from the University of Kansas. Dr. Calvert is a Professor of Psychology and a core member of the Communication, Culture, and Technology Program at Georgetown University. She is author of Children's Journeys Through the Information Age (McGraw-Hill, 1999), and co-editor with Amy B. Jordan and Rodney R. Cocking, of Children in the Digital Age: Influences of Electronic Media on Development (Praeger, 2002).

Professor Calvert's interdisciplinary work in the information and technology area, spanning the fields of psychology, communications, linguistics, and education, seeks to improve the well-being of children and adolescents by bridging the gap between knowledge generation and knowledge application. For example, she examined social policy issues revolving around the Children's Television Act, in which broadcasters are legally required to provide educational and informational television programs for children. At CDMC, she is also examining the roles that interactivity and identity play in children's learning from educational media and from heroic portrayals of DVD content.

Professor Calvert is a fellow of the American Psychological Association. She served on the Advisory Panel for Excellence in Children's Television for the Annenberg Public Policy Center at University of Pennsylvania, on the Advisory Board for the Center for Media Education, and on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Tools and Strategies for Protecting Children from Pornography and Other Objectionable Content on the Internet. She has consulted for organizations such as Nickelodeon Online, Sesame Workplace, Blue's Clues, and Sega of America to influence the development of children's television programs, computer and Internet software, and video games.

Carol Morrison

Spanish

Carol Morrison's mission is to help children appreciate other people's world view. She has taught Spanish to promote children's acceptance of each other and of other cultures. While she feels great gratification from teaching Spanish classes to young children, she has a vision of using the popular media to reach children across the country. Señora Morrison worked as a consultant to Nick Jr.'s Dora the Explorer from its inception. Mrs. Morrison is an ardent advocate of using the arts to promote learning. She has acquired funding for numerous grants to bring Spanish educational/entertainment programs into the public schools.

During the past eight years Señora Morrison has taught Spanish to elementary-school children in the prestigious Ridgewood, New Jersey, public school system. She created the Spanish program that incorporates the arts, and uses children's diverse learning styles and personalities.

For ten years Señora Morrison taught as part of the Bilingual Program in the New York City public-school system, where she conducted research into how quickly third grade students incorporated second-language sounds systems. She also taught in the elementary school system in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and at Roosevelt Roads Naval Base in Ceiba, Puerto Rico.

Señora Morrison received her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Hunter College of New York, and her Master of Arts in Bilingual Education from New York University.

Rita Weisskoff, Ph.D.

Literacy

Rita Weisskoff is a writer and educator with a special interest in using the power of popular media to support children's growth and development. She has extensive experience working with creative teams to design and integrate educational content into entertainment vehicles for children. Current series on air include: Dragon Tales, the Emmy-nominated preschool animated series on PBS; and Little Bill and Max and Ruby, both airing on Nick Jr. Weisskoff was content director for Out There, a live-action series for older children and Ghostwriter, the popular TV-based literacy project for school-age children and their caregivers and teachers, which aired on PBS.

From 1983-1988 Weisskoff was vice-president/director of the Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU), the division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus responsible for the self-regulation of advertising in all media to children. At CARU she consulted with advertisers and agencies on children's understanding of persuasive messages in the media and asked for changes in advertising when needed.

For 11 years Weisskoff, a language arts and reading consultant, taught in public schools and universities in Connecticut. She co-authored Live and Learn and Yesterdays, two textbooks that encourage writing in middle schools. Recent publications include: "It's 2001. Do you know what your children are watching? The critical role of children's television in the age of new media," in Lawrence K. Grossman and Newton N. Minow's A Digital Gift to the Nation. (New York, The Century Foundation Press, 2001.)

Weisskoff received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California at Los Angeles and her Ph.D. in education from the University of Connecticut, where she conducted research on effects of integrating commercial music into language arts materials for children.

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