I was recently given the chance to partner with ABCmouse.com to try out their site with Mabel and share it on my blog. Well, I’m super picky about websites I choose to review but the 1st grade teacher in me had been intrigued by the site for a while and I couldn’t wait to take a peek around!
I sat down one evening to set up our account and thought it might take awhile but I was pleasantly surprised at how quick and easy it was. Just some basic info on my behalf, setting up Mabel’s info (your child’s age is what determines the activities they will get), and even a little avatar for her (you get to pick out what the child looks like and their clothes!).
Then I watched a short little intro video and we were good to go! I just had to be patient for Mabel to wake up the next morning so that I could share the site with her!
So the next morning we had some Mabel and Mommy time! Upon logging in the site greeted her, “Welcome back, Mabel!”. How neat is it that it actually says her name?! That got a smile out of her right away!
Now, I truly don’t know where to begin since there is so much you and your child can do. Older children should have no problem learning their way around the ABCmouse.com classroom, but since Mabel is on the lower end of the age range for the program, I see it as a great parent guided activity.
We explored the basics; letters and numbers. And Mabel couldn’t get enough of it!
What makes ABCmouse.com different? It’s aimed at keeping a child’s attention while giving them choices. And as a former teacher, I think that’s the major key in why it’s successful. It’s not a close-ended program…it’s all about creating a unique experience for your own child and his/her interests. Also, the program incorporates all styles of learning and by that I mean it includes a huge variety of activities that range from watching clips, hearing songs, coloring pictures, piecing puzzles together and virtual field trips (Mabel likes to go the farm and see the cows!). There are even printable activities!
One of the parts I find to be very interesting is the reward system that encourages children to continue learning. Each time a child does an educational activity they earn tickets, which can then be redeemed to ‘buy’ fish/items for their fish tank, ‘buy’ pets and related things to help take care of them, to get items for their virtual house, or to change the outfit of their avatar. And by ‘buy’ I just want you to know that it’s all ticket related, no extra money is needed! Mabel has a virtual hamster and we’ve used her tickets to buy more pieces to his tunnel system which she likes to watch him run around in and laughs when he gets fed. 🙂
I honestly can’t say enough wonderful things about this site. If you have a child between the ages of 2 through 5+ I would highly recommend taking the time to check ABCmouse.com out. There is a 30 day free trial set up on their site here so there is no excuse not to try it out with your little one!
And if you’re lucky, you could win a year subscription! ABCmouse.com has been wonderful enough to give a Modern Mommyhood reader a one year subscription which is worth $80!
The giveaway is open to anyone 18+. 🙂