How I Use It
I utilize ABCya with my first grade students mainly during independent work at center time. There are activities that address keyboarding skills, word wall words, letters, numbers, cyber safety, science and social studies content. Usually during center time, I allow students to select what they would like to work on once they complete some keyboarding practice. All games are academically driven, so I prefer to give them the freedom to select the activity. I also use ABCya whole group on the Smart Board with my students. This allows me to select a specific skill to practice and reinforce. The activities I have found most useful during whole group instruction are Alphabetical Order, Sight Word Recognition, Base Ten Bingo, Graphing, Math Quiz, Math Facts Basketball, Five Senses. Finally, I suggest this website for parents to use at home with their students, broadening the school to home connection.
My overall opinion of this product is favorable. I find it beneficial that it is user friendly for younger students. They are able to easily navigate it themselves once selecting their appropriate grade level. I like that in selecting a grade level, you can scaffold students as needed and challenge them whole group by using more advanced activities. I feel comfortable giving my students the freedom to select from any activity because all of them reinforce skills that we are continually working on. I do find the advertisements to be distracting and, at times inappropriate for students to see. I read that ABCya uses those advertisements in order to keep the website free. I just have to remind my students to ignore them. Overall, this website has been a beneficial learning tool in my classroom.