To support the growing need for digital learning resources, ORIGO Education introduced the Animated Big Books in 2020; a series of digital mathematical books aimed at Foundation to Years 2 students that introduce and discuss mathematical concepts and generate conversation.
The Animated Big Books feature an avatar of teachers, one of which is ORIGO Education co-founder and co-author of the Big Book series, James Burnett. The avatars not only read the stories, but they pause after each page to engage learners with thoughtful questions.
ORIGO Education worked with Cetati Studios, whose veteran artists hail from beloved creativity centres such as Pixar, Disney, and Warner Brothers, to produce engaging digital versions of ORIGO Big Books.
“Learning math through stories is fun and feels natural when kids form an emotional bond with diverse characters they can relate to,” said Brian Lovrin, CEO and co-founder of Cetati Studios.
James Burnett said it was clear parents of young learners are eager to access the best resources to help their children get ahead, or in some cases, catch up.
“One of the biggest issues that many Australian children are facing right now is being out of school routine, which can impact their ability to retain information as they usually would in a classroom environment,” said Mr Burnett.
“Interestingly, parents whose children have returned to the traditional classroom recognise they can do so much more at home to support their children’s learning.
“This year, our team has been focused on developing materials that reduce the anxiety that comes from learning at home.”
The Big Books are designed to introduce new mathematics concepts by using language and contexts familiar to students in Foundation to Year 2.
“They put the mathematics in real, non-threatening situations to allow children to experience the fun of mathematics without feeling the pressure that they are actively learning,” said Mr Burnett
“With the accompanying tunes and digital learning tools, ORIGO Big Books make the learning experience engaging and exciting,
“The books expand on children’s existing language and vocabulary to help them understand new maths concepts.”
The Animated Big Books can be purchased HERE.
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