Skyship Entertainment Partners with Khan Academy on New Educational Program for Children Ages 2 to 5

For Immediate Release

July 12, 2018

TORONTO, CANADA: Skyship Entertainment™, creators of the family entertainment brand Super Simple™, is proud to announce their partnership with Khan Academy and the launch of Khan Academy Kids, a new educational app for ​preschool-aged ​children ages two to five available free for download today.

“Our goal with Khan Academy Kids is to inspire a life-long love of learning,” said Sal Khan, founder and CEO of Khan Academy. “We’re delighted to offer a free app that engages children academically ​and that’s also a lot of fun.”

With thousands of activities, books, videos, and lessons, ​Khan Academy Kids​ combines subjects like math and reading with creative activities like drawing and storytelling. Animated characters guide children through educational materials at just the right level for them. ​Along the way, kids collect bugs, hats, and toys for their favorite characters.

Music also plays an important role in the app, which features song videos from Skyship’s award-winning Super Simple Songs® catalogue. With over 10 million subscribers and 10 billion views, the Super Simple Songs YouTube channel has become a favorite of kids, teachers, and parents around the world. Khan Academy Kids adds interactive elements to allow children to experience and learn with Super Simple Songs in an entirely new way.

“We can’t think of any organization more passionate about education than Khan Academy,” said Skyship Co-founder Troy McDonald. “Super Simple started in the classroom and our focus has always been on making learning simple and fun, so we are thrilled for Super Simple Songs to be part of Khan Academy Kids.”

Khan Academy Kids adapts to each child’s unique learning needs and generates an individualized learning experience. In addition to math and reading, Khan Academy Kids provides literacy, language, and social-emotional learning, as well as activities that encourage executive function, logic, and motor development. A book reader allows children to follow along with recorded narration or to read on their own.

“We worked with educators from the Stanford Graduate School of Education and notable book authors to create a curriculum and library of original books that teach key academic skills as well as social-emotional and physical development,” said Caroline Hu Flexer, head of Khan Academy Kids.  “We designed highly interactive learning experiences around the award-winning Super Simple Songs, which feature animation and puppetry in beloved classics like Baby Shark and the Muffin Man.”

In addition to Super Simple Songs, Khan Academy Kids partners with other leading educational organizations to provide free learning materials for children, including Bellwether Media and the National Geographic Young Explorer Magazine.

Khan Academy Kids is available today as a free download on the App Store and in beta for Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.


About Super Simple

Skyship Entertainment™ is the creator of the beloved children’s brand, Super Simple™. Their award-winning Super Simple Songs® combines delightful animation and puppetry with original and classic kids’ songs to help make learning simple and fun. With over 10 billion views and 10 million subscribers on YouTube, their songs and videos are favorites with parents, teachers, and kids around the globe.

About Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.​ ​We offer practice problems and instructional videos and articles on a range of academic subjects, including math, biology, chemistry, physics, history, economics, finance, grammar, preschool learning, and more. We provide teachers with tools and data so they can help their students develop the skills, habits, and mindsets for success in school and beyond. Khan Academy offers free personalized SAT practice in partnership with the College Board and free personalized LSAT prep in collaboration with the Law School Admission Council. Khan Academy has been translated into dozens of languages, and ​15 million people around the globe learn on Khan Academy every month​. For more information, visit ​khanacademy.org​,​ ​or join us on ​Facebook, ​Twitter​, and ​Instagram​.

Contact:

Amy Kitchen, Communications Manager at Skyship - amy.k@skyship.tv

Barb Kunz, Khan Academy - press@barbkunz.com

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