Molly has always loved reading and books, but ever since she started school, she is even more interested in learning. She loves playing games where she learns colors and words, and is often testing us too! I recently started using ABCmouse that I wanted to share my experience with you because it checks all those boxes, and Molly loves it! There are seriously thousands of games and activities on it! Plus they have some really good promotions right now. – I’ll get to them in a minute. But basically you can pay $5 and use the app for two months OR try it for a month for absolutely free.
So far, Molly mostly has been using the app to help with her reading. There are games, books, and songs! What I love about it, is that the app is designed for children up to age 8 and you can customize the program to your specific child. It is basically a virtual classroom for preschool through second grade. We use the Learning Path with Molly, which saves your progress as your little one completes different levels of learning. It contains stories and activities, and as they continue through the path, they earn “rewards”. Right now, Molly is collecting items to decorate her “room”. She loves that every once in awhile she will receive a reward, like a flower pot, and then she can use it to decorate her “room” in the game. She is still working her way through the first reading level, but I believe she will continue to get new items to replace in the “room” as she gets older, which is so fun for her!
You all know that I try to encourage Molly to always be thinking and learning and I don’t just throw the TV on all the time. This app is GREAT for those moments when we just need a moment around the house or for ourselves. I can give Molly the iPad with ABCmouse and not only does it occupy her so I can get something done, but she is learning in a safe, advertisement free environment. The difference for me between learning on an app and watching television is that with the app, Molly’s mind is engaged!
She particularly loves the songs about letters, and will memorize them and belt them out around the house. “Moon begins with letter m, many and miles do too!! When you look at the moon many miles away, the moon looks back at you!” – Molly loves the M song! There are songs for every letter, and she has gone from being able to recognize letters, and is now beginning to sound out words! There are also tons of other songs about numbers and traditional songs that we all learned when growing up, like “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” and “I’m a Little Teapot”.
Molly also loves the zoo animal section. There are a variety of different activities that teach you the names of zoo animals and also little facts about each one. Not to mention that there is a “Five Little Monkeys song” in this section. She has always loved singing it (it was the first song she ever sang!), and so it is a bonus that it is included! She also likes playing the Hungry Tortoise game, which is helping her to recognize numbers easier and faster.
Also, if you have a few children that are all within this same age group, you can have up to three children on one account. This will allow you to save each one of their progress individually! I love that because once Riley is old enough to learn and play on ABCmouse, Molly will be much farther ahead of him, and this totally helps to keep everything separate for them – if you have kiddos, you know how beneficial this is!
There are currently two different promos going on for the app, which is awesome!!! The first is their summer promotion which gets you access to the app for two full months for only $5! This gives you 74% off! The second promotion is a free 30 day-trial, so that you can try it out and see what you think! Both are amazing deals, depending on what is right for you!
Do any of your kids currently use the ABCmouse app? What are there favorite games and songs? If not, what do you think your children would be most interested in learning about?