Goodbye winter vacation and hello school days. While parents are rejoicing, younger siblings may be pouting. Big brother and sis, and that’s like everyone who’s anyone, have school but the little one is stuck at home. Before the tyke gets blue, settles down in front of the TV with a gallon of milk and a box of cereal, introduce them to ABCmouse.com, a new online learning Academy for preschool through Kindergarten.
ABCmouse.com was created by the folks who rocked the kiddie-world with Neopets. Getting your child registered (up to three on the same account) will definitely up your parent-cred and, better yet, help your little ones learn math, social studies, science, music, art and how to read.
It doesn’t matter where your child clicks, each activity — even free play — has a learning objective. What makes this different from other sites or programs are the three modes of learning: step-by-step, independent learning and parent-guided lessons. You don’t have to be a teacher to create your own lessons. Just log on and the site will help with the rest.
Facts: ABCmouse.com boasts of over 2,000 activities and 350 lesson plans. Included are online books, games, songs, puzzles, art activities and printables. Also, ABCmouse.com has recently won an Editor’s Choice Award from Children’s Technology Review (CTR). The site was awarded 4.5 out of 5 stars for ease of use, educational value, entertainment value and design.
Cool factors: Each child gets a customizable avatar. Zero advertising or pop-up ads. Safe and secure ABCmouse.com network to send and receive inter-site messages, show off artwork and share completed lessons. Also, grandma and grandpa can be invited to view your child’s progress and cheer ‘em on.
Take it for a test-drive for $7.95 a month. Love it at $79.00 a year.
Teachers: The “Early Learning Academy” is available free of charge to public schools throughout the United States and Canada. Check out ABCmouse.com for more details.
Hey on-the-go, tech-savvy parents
Are you trying to tame a preschooler while waiting at the pediatrician’s office? ABCmouse.com has iPhone apps for that.
ABCmouse.com Aesop’s Fable Series
ABCmouse.com Beginning Reader Series
ABCmouse.com Search and Explore
Interactive Environment Series