Literacy comes in many colors–foundational, mathematical, spatial, scientific, engineering, visual. Let’s illuminate them all.
Young children will never tell you when they’re ready to complete their next developmental milestone. They’ll just start doing it.
By age two, a child’s brain is twice as active as an adult’s. Before they turn three, 85% of their brain’s core structure is already formed. Now is the time to capture their attention and inspire their imaginations.
The Everbright is so much more than a giant lite-brite with no removable parts. It’s an open-ended canvas for creativity and learning. You can:
Develop the building blocks for early literacy.
Engage young learners in geometry and mathematical thinking.
Build spatial intelligence and logical problem-solving skills.
All while the youth librarian was helping someone else.
Some things that librarians and families love about the Everbright:
Engage learners by meeting their sensory needs. All children have sensory needs. All children need to develop skills in self-regulation. And all children want to touch and to manipulate objects. The Everbright not only facilitates this, but it’s also highly resistant to big feelings. A rugged exterior resists fingerprints and always looks polished. It can be easily wiped clean with any acrylic-safe disinfectant.
Build the foundation for early literacy. The hands, the eyes, and the brain are deeply interconnected. These connections form the building blocks for early literacy. The Everbright’s hexagonally-spaced dials have a textured feel on their edges, so even a 6-month-old can turn them. Early readers can use the Everbright to plot out the spelling of words and letters, turning the abstract concept of a letter into an embodied experience.
Integrate multigenerational families. Families divide and conquer by necessity. It’s difficult to engage a two-year-old and a ten-year-old. The Everbright rises to the challenge. While teens experiment with geometry, babies practice gross-motor connections between the hands and the eyes. These moments may be small, but that doesn’t mean they’re not important.
Customize your installation. Even without a wall, there’s a way. A variety of installation options are available to meet a library’s unique needs. Ask about the self-standing Everbright-integrated cabinet, which ships with a removable cover to allow easy access to the back for servicing.
One canvas. Multiple developmental milestones. No removable parts. Click through the slide show to see how the Everbright promotes multiple literacies, from spatial intelligence to mathematics to design thinking.
Reverse-engineering a memorable visit:
A self-directed learner is a beautiful thing to see.
This little artist kept having multiple experiences with Everbright throughout the day. At first she was just drawn in by the dials and the act of turning them.
Step 2: Then she realized she could make patterns.
Step 3: Notice her step back? This is one of the signs of high engagement, and it’s the mark of a display with a long linger factor.
Step 4: As this girl returns to create something specific, she bridges the world of concrete creativity with that of the imagination.
Step 5: The Everbright develops spatial intelligence and visual planning skills. First, you need to imagine what you want to create. Then you need to make it appear on the board, which requires some planning because of the dials’ abstract hexagonal packing. The Everbright is engaging some very high-level functions in the brain. Users must step back to see the larger pattern, then compare their real-world design with the one in their imagination.
Step 6: The mind wants to find the patterns, the larger meaning. Even the smallest and most subtle pattern takes on a new meaning. These diagonal shapes are legs. More specifically, they are the legs of a horse.
Step 7: How do we know this? Because she steps back again, fine-tuning, comparing the image in her mind to the one before her. She can’t resist acting out what she has just imagined and then created. She throws back her head and becomes the horse. “Neighhhhhhh, giddyup!”
Step 8: She returns to put the finishing touches on her creation.
Talent Show at Ten O’Clock.
Ready to make space for human development? Each Everbright is handcrafted in Oakland, California. They are built to last in public spaces with millions of visitors a year.
Is The Everbright a fit for your library? Ask us!
Or call Kelly Parkinson at 415-323-5928 to discuss an immediate project, installation requirements, and more.
The Everbright is designed, engineered, and individually fabricated by Hero Design LLC