After three years in development, testing with 10,000 families and many educators, a new educational website was recently launched for children ages 2 - 6. The goal of this new and unique learning experience is to "help children build a strong foundation for future academic success by providing engaging educational content that supplements and supports preschool, pre-k and kindergarten programs. The site's comprehensive curriculum, developed with leading education experts, includes all generally accepted subjects of early childhood education--with each subject taught through a wide range of learning activities." That's all fine and good but what really matters is what my 3 year old son and 6 year old daughter think... They loved it! First they each got to pick an Avatar of themselves and a specific teacher which was so much fun. Then I got to pick what level they should be at- that way they will be playing games and learning at their correct academic level. It is so easy to navigate, very colorful and pleasing to look at.
I love the fact that it is child safe with no advertising, no pop-up ads and no external links. It makes me feel more comfortable if I have to walk away for a minute, I can leave them and not worry what they may accidentally click on. The program keeps track of the child's achievements and even awards them tickets. It really makes learning fun. There is also a way to get extended family involved with the site's easy-to-use, safe and secure, proprietary messaging system through which the child can share completed educational lessons and artwork, as well as send and receive audio, video, and text messages. Family members can also record and save the readings of books and stories for the child--a feature especially loved by grandparents who may live far away from their grandchildren.
It amazes me how young children are so obsessed with using the computer (i touch, i phone, i pad, blackberry etc...) and that most 2 year olds can use a mouse like a pro! But that's the world we live in today... so since my kids are always begging me to "play" on the computer I am so happy to have this new site they can go to and play away. I don't need to tell them they are actually learning, right? ;)
Subscription options for ABCmouse.com are $7.95/month and $79.00/year. You can also give a gift certificate which would make a great holiday gift!