As a home educating mom, I am always searching for the highest quality educational programming for my three young children. In my experience, this has not been the easiest feat because many of the programs that I thought would be educational were actually entertainment only and weren’t suitable for our classroom.
ABCmouse.com is a fantastic find for parents or caregivers of pre-school and younger elementary age children. I have a 3 and 4 year old in preschool and a 5 year old in kindergarten and all three are really enjoying different components of ABCmouse.com. I really appreciate the design of the program which allows “free learning” in the Classroom setting or “set learning” in the Lesson Path. For example, if I have a particular area of learning such as reading that I want to target for that day, I am able to set up a Lesson Path that my children will follow when they sign in for that days lessons. This is a great feature but I have also found the Classroom setting very comprehensive and typically allow my children to choose the areas that they are interested in learning about for that particular day. There are over 350 activities in six levels so that is a lot of exploration for early learners.
The Classroom setting has lots of fun learning activities including puzzles, math, reading, arts and colors, music, the “world around us”, a library and games. They can even visit a farm or the zoo and this was a huge hit with all three of my children. I enjoyed the exploration component in these two virtual areas and the animation is superb. My three year old has had virtually no exposure to computers yet so I started him in the ToddlerTime area which gave him a confidence boost as he was able to learn how to use the computer mouse and play the activities just like his older siblings. I also like that the program tracks the child’s progress so that you know how many learning activities have been completed. ABCmouse.com allows for several children to play (up to 3 children per family on a family account) and you can create the character that most resembles them which my children loved making and it was fun for me to see their version of “self.” My five year old son especially enjoyed receiving tickets for completing a learning task that he could use to “buy” virtual prizes. It wasn’t even the fact that he was able to use these tickets to “buy” something but rather it boosted his self confidence significantly when he earned a ticket from accomplishing the task.
I like that ABCmouse.com is subscription based because that means there are no pop up’s or advertisements and I know that my children cannot link to any other sites that I have not approved.
You are invited to visit the ABCmouse.com website to get an in depth look at the entire program and even watch a video tutorial. In my opinion, this is by far the best online program that I have used for my early learners. I even noticed that there are free Winter Printables so I continue to discover new fun things every day that I can use in our classroom.
Visit their site to purchase an annual subscription or to learn more. For a limited time you can get two months free with an annual subscription and add up to three children for the price of one!
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*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*