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Q: What exactly does ABCmouse.com teach?
A: ABCmouse.com’s comprehensive curriculum includes these preschool, pre-k and kindergarten subjects:
Learning to read is one of the most important steps your child can take towards being successful in school. ABCmouse.com’s online reading curriculum includes everything beginning readers need to learn, from recognizing letters to reading simple stories. Our unique step-by-step learning path carefully guides children from one level of reading skill to the next, starting with the alphabet and gradually moving on to phonics, sight words and beginning readers. All along the way children will discover a rich collection of children’s books and children’s songs to help develop their vocabulary and improve their ability to relate the sounds of words to how they look on the page.
The most important objective of ABCmouse.com’s online math curriculum is to teach children to recognize numbers and to relate number symbols to the amount that they stand for. Our large collection of online math games for children offer lots of opportunities to learn and practice numbers. The curriculum also includes many online math activities that teach children about simple shapes, as well as activities that teach children about patterns and basic concepts of measurement.
The World Around Us
ABCmouse.com’s World Around Us curriculum is designed to help children understand and communicate about the things they see and experience every day. In schools, this material is usually taught as part of social studies, science, and health.
The World Around Us curriculum starts with things that are close to your child and moves outward. Thus, the preschool curriculum teaches your child about getting dressed, the parts of the body and face, and about family members. In the pre-k curriculum, that view expands to the market, sports, and weather and seasons. Our kindergarten World Around Us curriculum introduces your child to the Earth and its features, as well as the sun and the moon.
Art and Music
ABCmouse.com introduces children to the world of art and colors through more than 650 online children’s art activities that feature a new drawing and painting program designed especially for young children. We also offer more than a thousand pages of drawing, coloring, tracing, and art activities that can be printed out as printables to be used offline.
Because children learn in different ways, this curriculum is designed not only to develop your child’s visual art skills, but also to teach or reinforce learning in language arts, math, science, and social studies.
The wide variety of children’s songs on the site—both traditional and original—allows your child to experience the building blocks of music: melody, harmony, rhythm, and lyrics. And ABCmouse.com offers songs about many different subjects—such as the alphabet, counting, and animals—that teach information in a way that is easy for your child to remember.
You can learn more about the ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy curriculum on these pages:
Q: What’s special about ABCmouse.com?
A: ABCmouse.com offers a depth and breadth of educational content for early learners never before seen in one location on the Web, with more than 5,000 individual learning activities and more than 450 lesson plans. Developed in close collaboration with nationally recognized early childhood education experts, our curriculum includes all of the important academic basics that young children need to know to be successful in preschool, pre-k and kindergarten classes.
But there’s more. Because we understand that children learn in different ways, our curriculum includes six different types of activities:
That way your child will find many activities in every subject that are as fun and engaging as they are educational, no matter how he or she likes to learn.
Additionally, ABCmouse.com has been tested with over 10,000 families to ensure that it is both easy to use and effective. Thousands of their testimonials, some of which you can see on our Homepage, demonstrate our commitment to quality.
Q: What kinds of online education activities for children will I find at ABCmouse.com?
A: ABCmouse.com offers the largest collection of online education activities for young children on the web. These include:
More than 250 online children’s books
More than 100 online children’s songs
More than 650 online children’s art activities, including online coloring and online paint-by-numbers activities
More than 250 online educational games for children, including online phonics games, online number games and other online math games
More than 550 online children’s puzzles
Q: Why is ABCmouse.com subscription-based?
A: ABCmouse.com is subscription based because that way we can make it completely child-safe. Many websites have links and advertisements that can steer your child away from their learning and take them to areas of the Internet that may not be safe or appropriate. When your child is logged in to their account ABCmouse.com has no advertisements, no pop-up ads, and no links to other websites. Children are never asked for personal information, and ABCmouse.com guarantees that your child’s information is safe and protected. This ensures that your child can learn and explore in a safe and secure environment.
Q: What is meant by “Step-by-Step Learning Path”, “Guided Learning”, and “Independent Learning”?
A: ABCmouse.com offers three ways to teach and learn: the Step-by-Step Learning Path, Guided Learning and Independent Learning.
The Step-by-Step Learning Path consists of six levels, so that children of any age can start out at the level that is most appropriate for them. Each level includes between 40 and 60 lessons in Reading, Math, The World Around Us, and Art and Colors.
On the Step-by-Step Learning Path, children are guided from one lesson to the next, earning rewards for each activity and lesson that they complete, as they learn the important educational basics they will need to be successful.
In Guided Learning mode, you can use ABCmouse.com’s powerful Lesson Builder feature to select activities with specific educational objectives to build customized lessons for students or learning groups.
Independent Learning gives your students the freedom to choose their own books and other learning activities in areas of the website such as the Classroom, the Library, and the Zoo.
Q: Can my child do ABCmouse.com independently, or should I sit with him or her?
A: The more time you can spend with your child, whether for learning or just for fun, the better, and no website should be used as a substitute for family time. But we understand that parents have many responsibilities, so we have designed ABCmouse.com with simple navigation and audio explanations to make it suitable for use both by parents and children together and by children on their own under minimal supervision (depending on their age and ability).
For young learners who may not know how to use a computer, ABCmouse.com offers a Mouse and Pointer Tutorial that teaches them how to use the mouse so they can get around on the site and do all of its activities.
Q: How can I see my child’s progress on ABCmouse.com?
A: ABCmouse.com offers a set of powerful progress tracking tools that allow you to see exactly what site activities your child has completed in each curriculum subject, and how rapidly your child is moving along the Step-by-Step Learning Path.
Q: Who created ABCmouse.com?
A: The ABCmouse.com organization includes nationally recognized early childhood learning experts, a talented staff of creative artists, writers, designers, programmers and musicians, and a management team with many years of successful experience in the design and operation of children’s websites. To learn more, visit our About Us page.
Q: What payment methods do you accept?
A: ABCmouse.com currently accepts all major credit cards, as well as PayPal and electronic checks.
If you do not have a credit card, many grocery stores sell pre-paid Credit Cards that you can use on our site. Simply purchase one of these from your local grocery store, and enter its information on our subscription page.
You can visit our subscription page at: Subscription Page
Q: Can I cancel my account at anytime?
A: You can cancel your account anytime on the My Account page in the Parents section. You will continue to have access to ABCmouse.com until your next renewal payment is due.
You can always reactivate your account by signing in at www.ABCmouse.com.
Q: How many children can I have per account?
A: You can register up to three children, in addition to a parent or other adult, per account. Children can be registered either at the time of subscription, or after you have created your account. Each child will be able to customize their fish tanks, their avatar, and more! Also, each child’s progress is tracked individually, so that you can easily see what each of your children is doing on ABCmouse.com.
Note that up to four individuals per family account can be logged in at the same time, provided they are each using their own computer.
Q: Do you offer a free trial of ABCmouse.com?
A: We do not offer a free trial of ABCmouse.com. However, for a limited time, we are running a special promotion where users can subscribe and get their first month of ABCmouse.com absolutely free. If you would like to subscribe and get the first month of your subscription for free, click here!
Q: What are the system requirements to run ABCmouse.com?
A: ABCmouse.com can be used on any computer or mobile device that has access to the Internet and is capable of running Flash version 10.2 or higher. For the best experience, you should have a broadband connection to the Internet, such as DSL, cable, or satellite.
For iPad/iPhone users, we have created an app that allows you to access our site even though the iPad/iPhone is not compatible with Adobe Flash. For more information about accessing ABCmouse.com from these devices, please read directly below.
Q: Is ABCmouse.com available on the iPhone and iPad?
A: For iPad and iPhone users, we have created an app that allows you to access our site even though they are not compatible with Adobe Flash. If you are currently on one of these devices, click here to download the app. You can also log into your ABCmouse.com account from your iPad/iPhone later and download the app from there.
For the best performance when using the Early Learning Academy app on your iPad or iPhone, please make sure that you have a strong WiFi connection and close any apps running in the background. Please also check that you are running the most recent iOS (you can check if an update is available under Settings > General > Software Update).
Q: Can ABCmouse.com be used on my Android device?
A: ABCmouse.com can be accessed through an app on many Android devices. If your device is currently supported, you will be able to download the app by searching for “Early Learning Academy” on your Android or Kindle device. (Please note that the app is not available for Kindle Fire 1st generation tablets, although you may be able to access ABCmouse.com through your device’s internet browser if Flash is enabled.) If your device is not currently supported, please continue to check back as we are continually adding new devices all the time.
The Early Learning Academy app is currently in the beta phase, so please know that some features that can be found when accessing ABCmouse.com on a desktop or laptop computer may not be available just yet. However, our team is working on building these features and will be regularly releasing them as they are completed.
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