ABCmouse.com Review

A great educational website for preschoolers

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Wondering which educational website is good for your preschooler? Read our abcmouse review. ABCmouse.com

With many educational programs and apps available for preschoolers,  how do you know which ones are worth your time? ABCmouse.com is a subscription-based, educational website for children ages 2 through 6 years. Created by a team of educators, it offers a full online curriculum for kids in pre-K, kindergarten, and early elementary school. It sounds good, but is it worth it?

How Does ABCmouse.com Work?

When you first sign on to ABCmouse.com, your child (or children—up to three can play and learn on one account) is prompted to create an avatar that represents him.

After your child is happy with how he looks (avatars can be changed), he is also asked to create a teacher for their classroom. You then choose a learning path for your child based on age and academic ability. For example, Toddler Time for children up to age 3, Preschool (ages 3 and up), Pre-K (ages 4 and up), and Kindergarten (ages 5 and up). Every level features four curriculum subjects—Reading, Math, World Around Us, and Art & Colors.

The home base is the classroom, which is where all the learning begins. Children learn about a variety of subjects through online books, games, songs, puzzles, online art projects, and printables that cover six different academic levels. Over 2,000 learning activities span a host of topics, including reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. While there are learning paths that kids follow and work their way through, there are also sections on the site (including a farm and a zoo) where kids can play individual games and complete activities.

As a child completes an activity, he is awarded tickets they can redeem for virtual prizes. The site keeps track of what your child has completed so you get a good feel for what they are learning.

Step-By-Step Learning Path and Build-Your-Own Lessons

When you first start your child on ABCmouse.com it can be a bit overwhelming because there are so many different things to choose from.

Once you select an academic level that best matches your preschooler's needs, your best bet is to start them on the Step-by-Step Learning Path, a series of lessons that gives your child a great overview of all the subjects on the site. Even the lesson path itself is a learning experience. Set in different environments, like the beach and the arctic, kids can learn about different animals and facets of nature unique to that part of the world.

As your child moves along lesson path, the activities switch from subject to subject and get more challenging. Once you and your child are comfortable on the site, you can build custom lessons for your child if there are particular things you'd like them to learn. You can choose by subject, academic level, and even the order in which you'd like your child to complete them in.

Expert Review of ABCmouse.com

ABCmouse.com is a good way to introduce a young child to using the computer. By following a learning path, a child will grow in confidence with using devices and with the materials.

The lessons themselves are visually appealing and feature games and activities that are fun and absorbing. They get more challenging as a child moves along a path, helping to keep them interested.

Not every activity is a game to play. Sometimes a child will simply listen to a song or nursery rhyme, or read along with a book. These types of activities definitely keep the child engaged, but at the same time offer a bit of break as they play.

The ticket system is also a learning experience. Your child learns about saving tickets for something he'd like, introducing and practicing the concept of delayed gratification.

You are likely to use the site together if you have a young child. As he gets more skilled, he'll use the site independently. It's a great virtual destination to visit with your child, especially if you want to take an active role in his learning process.

Subscriptions to ABCmouse.com

ABCmouse.com is subscription based. It is ad-free and there are no outside links. Up to three children can be on one account at once. In addition, free subscriptions are available to public schools throughout the United States and Canada that apply for the program. For more information, visit ABCmouse.com.

Disclosure: A review account was provided by the publisher.

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