A few weeks ago I finally signed up Nathan for ABCmouse.com. I have seen it advertised about 1000 times, but just never gotten around to logging on. I was IMMEDIATELY impressed and Nathan jumped right in navigating around the website very easily. I have been so happy with all the site has to offer and Nathan has asked to play pretty much everyday! I would also like to disclose up front that ABCmouse.com did not offer me any form of compensation or product for this post, but I am an affiliate. I am choosing to do this because I am really excited about how much Nathan loves it!!
Here is a little breakdown of what ABCmouse.com is about:
- For ages 2-6
- 450 lessons
- 3000 learning activities
The lessons are broken down into 6 levels. Each level includes 4 Subjects: Reading, Math, The World Around Us and Art & Colors. Here is how they organize the levels:
Preschool (Ages 3+):
Level 1- 410 Learning Activities
Level 2- 425 Learning Activities
Pre-K (Ages 4+):
Level 3- 452 Learning Activities
Level 4- 535 Learning Activities
Kindergarten (Ages 5+):
Level 5- 655 Learning Activities
Level 6- 631 Learning Activities
The other great thing is they are constantly adding new games and activities to their curriculum!
Your child can complete the activities in the order of the Learning Path or they can jump around and complete activities in the order of your choice – and the system keeps track of what your child has done. They can also repeat areas/lessons that they enjoyed as often as they want! There is also a lesson builder section, that allows you to build your childs lesson plan. But, honestly, I haven’t used it. Being that the rest of the site is super easy and user friendly, I would guess that this area is no different. I just haven’t found it to be a need. I have been happy with how the lessons are set up.
Probably the best part of the site, at least to Nathan, is their reward system. When your child finishes an activity or lesson, they will earn tickets. The amount of tickets, depends on how difficult the activities/lesson is. They are then able to spend the tickets in the shopping center. Then they are able to go to the shopping center and buy things with their tickets. There is a Pet Store where they can buy animals and stuff for the animals cages, etc. There is also a clothes store, where they can purchase new clothing for their Avatar, etc.
As you can see in the picture – the earned tickets are being disposed on the right hand side of the screen!
Now, let’s get down to business – the cost! They do offer a 30 day free trial and then after that it is $7.95 a month or $79 a year. After just a few weeks of Nathan playing, I personally feel that the $7.95 a month is totally worth it! It gives Nathan something educational to do during Jeff’s nap time, right when it is the hottest point of the day. It is much better than him asking to watch a movie or show!
So, now let’s go through the site a little. I took all these images as screen shots from my sons account.
Main Start Page:
This is the page that pops up right when you log in. It is pretty self explanatory and labeled easily.
One of my favorite features of the entire site is that when you scroll over words it says it to you. So, that way Nathan is able to know what to click, just by listening. It makes it so he can navigate the whole site, without my help.
From there I’ll just highlight a few areas of the site that Nathan spends a lot of time at.
The classroom is where you go to access all the Learning Activities, Learning Path and more easily. Most everything on the site can be accessed several different ways. The Classroom is the easiest place to go to access all learning activities organized by subject! Again, just scroll over something to learn what it is!
About Me Area:
From here Nathan can go through everything that he purchased. This really is his ‘pride and joy!’ He can change his Avatar’s clothes, go to his room and re-arrange his furniture or add new items he’s purchased and care for his pets, etc! It also allows me to easily see his Stats without having to login to the parents section.
From his About Me page, Nathan can change his Avatars clothes, glasses, shoes, etc.
Or go to his bedroom and hang out. He can move every item in his bedroom, including the window and door. He can bring in new furniture or items that he has bought or earned. You can also purchase other “scenery.” Their Avatar can go from their bedroom, to the beach, to space, etc!
He also needs to care for his fish. The water can get cold, so it notifies him when the water temperature is too low, so he can turn the heater on. He also has to feed them and clean the tank when it starts to get dirty.
Nathan also has two Hamsters (so far) – Hammie and Cheese! Nathan has to make sure they are well rested, fed and have plenty of water. He can also change their play tubing around and buy new tubing to make it longer or more detailed.
From anywhere on the site, you can click on the left hand side to access the Map. From within the Map, you can access everything. The Zoo, Learning Path, Shopping, Basics, Classrooms, Toddler Time, Library, Farm, and the Bedroom.
All the lessons are done from the Learning Path. The Learning Path takes you through the Levels that you specify your children are ready for. Being that Nathan just turned 4, I started him at Level 1. He had never done anything on the computer, so I wanted it simple and easy for him at first. He is working his way through Level 1 super easy now – though he is still learning stuff. He has especially been enjoying the last couple lessons, because they are teaching about the Solar System and he hasn’t really learned about it before.
There are six sections to each lesson. At the end of each Lesson you earn a prize! Nathan always loves earning a prize. To redeem this prize, he would go to his bedroom and then put it in there (or any of his sceneries).
The square buttons on the side bar are more of the Interactive sections of the website. The Zoo and Farm are places where your child can just play around and explore or they can do lessons and activities. When you enter the Zoo, there is a Zoo Keeper that Welcomes your child.
Once you enter the Zoo, the Zookeeper explains where to click depending on what you want to do.
Got tickets?!? When your child has earned a bunch of tickets they’ll head to the Shopping Center to spend them. There are 4 stores for them to shop from; The Pet Store, Toy Store, Clothing Store and Furniture Store!
Well, I think that is a good start to showing you around ABCmouse.com! We (my hubby and I) are in the process of putting together a video showing our son navigating the site and explaining things as he goes! So, watch for that next week! It will be fun! Also, feel free to leave any questions you have about the website and I’ll do my best to answer them!
Have you tried ABCmouse.com? If so, what do you think? I’d love to hear from you!
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