Kids will enjoy playing ABCMouse.com - Early Learning Academy, and the activities reinforce kindergarten academics. Offer it as a station activity for students to work through on their own while you work with students in small groups or individually. Kids will likely spend as much time shopping for rewards with their tickets as they do on the other activities, but learning is embedded there, too, as kids work with numbers counting their tickets.Continue reading Show less
ABCmouse.com - Early Learning Academy is the companion app to the subscription-based ABCmouse.com, a website that offers a comprehensive preschool curriculum for 2- to 6-year-olds. Teachers can sign up for a free account online and use the same login for the app. Kids explore different activities in a virtual world, visiting a classroom, zoo, farm, and map. They can go directly to the day’s featured activity or work through a learning path that features five activities for their level, which can be customized by the teacher. Kids can learn letter and number skills as well as animal facts through simple games, books, puzzles, and coloring pages. Fun stuff includes customizing an avatar, choosing a pet hamster and an aquarium, and shopping using tickets earned in the activities.
Content seems almost endless, and kids will discover solid new learning activities every time they play, but there's so much content, it's almost overwhelming. At every point of play, preschoolers are presented with multiple options: learning path, classroom, zoo, map, farm, songs, and featured activities. More choices are offered within each of those categories. Even the rewards are overwhelming, with options to buy items for an avatar, room, hamster, or aquarium, plus an option to count tickets earned that day by ones, twos, fives, or tens. The curriculum is excellent, however, and teachers can customize kids' learning level, time allowed in-app, and more, creating a highly tailored learning experience.
Key Standards Supported
Counting And Cardinality
Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.1
Compare two numbers between 1 and 10 presented as written numerals.
Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.
Count to 100 by ones and by tens.
Count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1).
Key Standards Supported
Use frequently occurring nouns and verbs.
Sort common objects into categories (e.g., shapes, foods) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.
Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs describing the same general action (e.g., walk, march, strut, prance) by acting out the meanings.
Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts.