There was one website that my kids and I went to a lot when they were younger.
If you haven't heard of ABCmouse, it's a website that has lots of ways for kids to learn. When I say "lots of ways", I mean lots and lots of ways. There are more than 8,500 standards-based learning activities covering preschool - 2nd grade and 850 lessons. With that much going on, you'd think the site would be overwhelming. But, it's not. My kids were able to get on the website and play and learn independently. Even though I like having them on my lap at times, I also liked the moments when they were able to get online and play independently.
You can feel good about your child navigating the site by themselves because there are no advertisements or pop-up ads or links that your child can click on that will take them to other sites.
Since my kids are older now, we hadn't been on the website in a while. Upon returning to the website for the first time in a long time, the cute little mouse greeted us with,
"Welcome back, Jaycee!"
It was fun taking a trip down memory lane.
On the main "about me" page, we can see how many of each tasks she has done. We are able to see that she has done these things:
- Read 82 different books
- Played 64 different songs
- Had 70 different art completions
- completed 106 different puzzles
- played 120 different games
There is an interactive map, where you can go to these sections. Most of the sections are gateways to more learning activities.
When you hover over each section it talks out loud and tells you, "Go to Pet Park". . . or "Go to Parents Section", etc. for kids who aren't old enough to read for themselves. The pictures are pretty self-explanatory, but it's nice having that audio to reinforce it. Here's a list of the sections on the interactive map:
- Parents Section
- My Room
- Pet Park
- Learning Path
- Toddler Time
As an example of a type of lesson and how many ways there are to learn about a certain subject, I present to you ~~ The Letter "D" With the letter "d" alone, there are 10 ways to learn ~~ Lesson, Words, Chants, Book, Art, Songs, Tracing, Puzzles, Games and Printables.
Here is an example of the "Art" page for a letter. The child can choose which colors they would like to use and there is audio also that says "d is for duck" And it also has audio when they're choosing their color. So if they move their crayon over orange, it says "Orange."
I could sit here and tell you about it all day long, but why don't you listen about it out of the mouths of those who use it!?!
Not convinced yet? The efficacy of the website has been validated by multiple independent studies.
Large-scale research studies have concluded that ABCmouse accelerates learning and helps children make significant gains in early literacy and math skills.
You might be thinking, "Wow! So much stuff for the kids to do and so many ways to learn. I wonder how much it costs?" It's only $7.95/month or $79.95/year. Let's face it. That's less than a monthly subscription to a beauty box or TV service. It's less than 3 cups of fancy coffee! Plus, you can have up to 3 kids and 1 parent registered per account. Up to 4 people can be logged onto the account at one time if they're using different devices. That's a pretty good deal for only $7.95/month. If you're interested in trying it out, here are two awesome trials to get you started.
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