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 looks just like him (or, in the case of my son, doesn't!). After your child is happy with how he looks (avatars can be changed), they are also asked to create a teacher for their classroom. You are also asked to choose a learning path for your child based on age and academic ability. For my two-year-old son who has yet to attend preschool, I chose the Toddler Time path. You can also choose 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, the World Around Us and Art & Colors.The home base is the classroom, which is where all the learning begins. Through online books, games, songs, puzzles, online art projects and printables that cover six different academic levels, children are able to learn about a variety of subjects. The over 2,000 individual 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 individual activities.
As a child completes an activity, they are awarded "tickets" that are able to be redeemed for virtual prizes (my son has been using his to decorate his virtual room). 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
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.
Guide Review of ABCmouse.com
The lessons themselves are visually appealing and feature games and activities that are fun and absorbing. I think because they get more challenging as a child moves along a path, they keep them interested. I also like that 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. Although on the young side, even my little guy is starting to learn about saving his tickets for something he'd like for his virtual room (right now he is putting all his tickets aside to buy a dog).
Because my son is so young, we use the site together. I would imagine as he gets more skilled with the computer he'll use the site more independently, but even still, it's a great virtual destination to visit with your child, especially if you want to take an active role in their learning process.
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