Unfortunately, many children who begin kindergarten have not enjoyed the rich learning experiences necessary to build basic literacy and numeracy skills to succeed in school. This is unfortunate because it can lead to curriculum learning gaps and risk of failure. Coley (2002) recommends that quality preschool experiences be made available to children to ensure that they have the opportunity to develop readiness skills.
One resource which has received recognition for addressing this issue is the ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy. This digital early learning resource provides expert-designed curriculum for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade. It offers more than 9,000 individual Learning Activities and 850+ complete lessons along with the Step-by-Step Learning Path. ABCmouse encompasses reading and language arts, math, science, health, social studies, art, and music. Moreover, it is available for home, school, library, and community center use, on computers, tablets, and smartphones.
For parents seeking to support their children’s early learning, the ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy is a great solution. Children can access the program from anywhere, play thousands of engaging educational activities, and be incentivized by ABCmouse.com’s Tickets and Rewards System. In addition, parents can monitor child progression to identify areas of strengths and needs. All of this is available for a monthly subscription of only $9.95 per month. And there is a free one month trial available to try the tool.
Teachers at the primary-level grades can obtain ABCmouse.com free of charge for their students to access on classroom computers and iPads. Students will benefit from a multi-sensory and engaging learning experience that builds essential skills and reinforces prior learning as documented by results and references which can be found here. Teachers can track student progress both by academic level and by curriculum subject. Also included are more than 2,000 printable activities for students to work on offline.
21st century learning aims to support students who are entering a world that is more competitive, globally connected, and technologically driven than ever before. Therefore, learning must be accessible, student-centered, responsive, and technological. ABCmouse.com is a great tool to help parents and educators achieve these outcomes for their early learners.
Coley, R. (2002). An uneven start. Princeton, NJ: Educational Testing Service.