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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Debuts Learning Content Service

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has launched a subscription-based content service, dubbed Curious World, designed to address key areas of early learning.

With an initial release as an iOS app, the service features "an expanding collection" of more than 500 learning resources, such as games, e-books and videos, designed for children ages 3-7. Learning areas include creative expression, executive function, family and community, health and wellness, language and literacy, math, science and social and emotional development.

"Curious World videos, games and eBooks feature well-loved HMH content and characters, from classics like Curious George, Gossie and The Polar Express to original exclusive games like Math Arcade, Skyscraper Builder and Coral Reef Explorer, alongside acquired content from a range of partners, including National Geographic Kids, StoryBots and PBS Digital," according to a news release. "Within Curious World, a child might read along with Curious George and learn to draw with Young Rembrandts, dance to Caspar Babypants' music videos or make bubbles with Full Time Kid Mya of PBS Parents fame."

The service also includes a parent dashboard designed to provide feedback on progress, interests and talents, as well as suggestions for real-world activities.

"Curious World encourages children to learn through play, with content and activities that foster curiosity and imagination both online and offline," said CJ Kettler, chief of consumer brands and strategy at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, in a prepared statement. "Early learning research also shows that parental engagement is key, which is why we built a parent portal featuring practical ways to balance digital screen-time with activities that families can enjoy together, in a safe environment that parents can trust."

More information is available at the iTunes Store.

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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