Common Sense Review
Updated December 2014 - Early Learning Academy

Busy kinder curriculum teaches letter and number skills, much more
Common Sense Rating 4
  • Navigate a learning path to advance logically through the curriculum.
  • Adjust challenge level within activities or in settings.
  • Choose where to explore from a colorful image gallery of options.
  • Reading books are science oriented.
  • Earn tickets to buy clothes, room furniture, and toys for kids and pets.
Colorful virtual classroom offers a variety of learning activities.
Number of activities and ways to navigate can seem overwhelming.
Bottom Line
Activities are effective for learning, but kids may be distracted by the shopping rewards.
Amanda Bindel
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 4
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

Learning activities are brief and as enjoyable as traditional worksheets, coloring pages, and puzzles. Fun factor comes in with the ticket-based reward system.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Curriculum begins with Toddler Time (numbers 1 to 5, colors, and vocabulary), and advances through Level 6, which includes word families and sight words and using math, including patterns, basic addition, and subtraction.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

Teachers can view student progress, customize challenge levels, set in-app time limits, and print worksheets for offline work.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Kids will enjoy playing - 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.

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What's It Like? - Early Learning Academy is the companion app to the subscription-based, 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.

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Is It Good For Learning?

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.

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