Founded in 2012 by two teachers, Deena Wiseman and Lucy Rose, Dream Learners is an education app: built to engage children in learning through bedtime stories. As teachers and parents, Wiseman and Rose brought their experience and understanding of child development and attainment, when crafting this educational tool; which brings the beauty and fun of learning into the home.
The focus of the Dream Learners app is education for young children (key stage one and two), specifically developed for the 90 minutes before children bedtime. Based around a scientific approach that has recognised advanced retention in children during the time before bed. By mixing curriculum subjects and combining them with elaborately crafted stories, Dream Learners is advancing home based learning.
There are currently five stories available: Raptastic, All in Good Time, Magnificent Mr Mozart, Buzz Beep Bang and Drop and Grow. Each story blends a multitude of subjects, teaching lessons through cross-curriculum narratives. Every story has a focus on one of the core subjects: English, Maths and Science while blending them with art, humanities and technology subjects.
The app also has features to extend the learning experience for children: The Hubble Hub provides questions and activities for children to engage them further into the experience; The GloZone has multiple features including a nightlight, vocabulary and assessment to help with retention, this combined with music is designed to help children fall asleep.
Yet the focus isn’t just on school based subjects, these stories also delve into social and emotional eduction. Dream Learners has partnered with schools and the Anti-Bullying Alliance for National Anti Bullying Week. Using their stories, they explore social issues and history; Raptastic looks at the slave trade and stereotypes, exploring the subject through a creative and colourful medium.
Dream Learners has also been endorsed by Professor Robert Winston a developmental biologist and expert in childhood education. Professor Winston features in the app as well as working to promote company.
The educational experience at home is vital to children’s development, Dream Learners is an app specifically designed to enhance the learning experience while engaging both child and parent. Providing a tool and access for parents to give their children a gentle push in the right direction.