You may or may not know this about us, but we are homeschoolers. We recently completed our first official year of homeschooling as our daughters ended their kindergarten year recently.
Only, we haven’t actually stopped schooling them.
Our year has gone great, and, well, not so great. My original curriculum – Five in a Row – eventually started to collect dust as the chaos of a new baby, a toddler, work from home, increased church responsibilities, and a husband gone with longer and more stressful doctoral classes prevented me from planning and getting to the library like I needed to for that curriculum to work.
However, we are currently using the book “How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons” and our girls are doing great with it, and the lessons really are easy.
My husband is also home for the summer and is working with them on math, as that’s kinda his thing (he’s earning a PhD in Mathematics Education) and they can now more readily read larger numbers.
But, I’m always up for trying new things, especially as I look into new curriculum and ideas for this coming fall (because I have no idea what I want to do for first grade yet!) which is why we’ve decided to try out ABCmouse.com for FREE for 30 days!
ABCmouse.com is an award-winning subscription-based early learning website (and related apps) that provides a comprehensive and engaging curriculum for kids ages 2-7. It covers reading, math, beginning science, social studies, art, and music! There are more than 7000 books, games, songs, puzzles, and art activities.
I started our free trial two weeks ago, and let all three of my older kids, my twin 6-year-old girls and my 3-year-old boy, use it to see if they (and I) really like it or not. Each account allows up to three child profiles, so they switched accounts easily, allowing the app to tailor their learning. It also lets me see how they’re doing.
I let my kids use my touchscreen laptop to access ABCmouse.com, as well as downloaded the app onto my phone. I will put it on their mini iPad whenever I finally get around to connecting it to our computer, as they have completed locked themselves out of it, again. My husband and I prefer that our kids don’t use the regular computers (desktop/laptop) because we want them to last and also in case they access something they shouldn’t.
Because the cell phone is so small, it was often hard for my kids to touch the appropriate thing on the screen or read the words. A few of the activities even had objects that were right at the very bottom of the phone screen.
The laptop was much better for using their program.
My girls loved using ABCmouse.com. Maybe it’s the fact that I was letting them access it on my phone and laptop, both of which are generally off limits to them. However, they loved collecting tickets for completing activities, moving along the lesson path, and buying things for their little character and room. They repeatedly ask if they can play it.
My three-year-old son also seemed to enjoy using it, but he definitely needed more guidance and over-the-shoulder involvement with it, as he’s young and doesn’t understand where to push or what to do next. He also got bored once or twice with some of the activities, especially if it frustrated him, which meant I was popping all the letter “a’s” instead of him. Not exactly the point. I think certain activities are better suited for him currently, like the art and songs.
However, I was a bit surprised that for the Preschool (3-year-old) songs, that there isn’t of a visual or something; it only showed the words being highlighted on the page. His attention span isn’t very great, even though he loves music.
The coloring pages were also often difficult for my kids to figure out the various tools, and all of my kids love coloring. Over the last two weeks they have redone the coloring pages though, and it’s easier to use somewhat.
The music is awesome! I loved all the fun songs about each letter and the visuals that went with them.
Overall, I think ABCmouse.com is a great resource for helping my kids learn. It is colorful, mostly easy to use, rewarding with its tickets for completing activities, and engaging.
I look forward to using it more over the next year as we’re getting a year subscription to supplement our homeschool curriculum, whenever we finally decide what curriculum we’re using for this coming fall. If nothing else I can use it to distract, yet educate, my preschooler when I’m working more with his older sisters.
ABCMouse.com Price Cost
The cost is totally affordable after the trial is over too.
It’s $7.95/month if you pay monthly, less if you pay for more upfront. If you do quarterly installments of four equal payments of $19.75, it’s only $6.58/month; if you do one payment of $59.95 for a year subscription, it’s only about $5/month.
Considering all three of my kids can use it, and it is a great supplement to our homeschool, it’s totally worth that little investment!
BUT right now you can Get 2 Months of ABCmouse.com for only $5!
I encourage you to try it for FREE for the next 30 days! It’s a great way to encourage your kids to keep learning. Plus, there is no advertising, pop-up ads, or links to other sites on their platforms, which is really important to my kids’ safety on the internet (at least in my opinion! It’s one of the main reasons we haven’t really let our kids play on the internet much at all).
If you want other educational ideas for your kids, I love monthly educational subscription boxes for kids (the fourth one on that list is my personal favorite), and there are 23 other great educational apps and websites for kids that have been recommended to me.
Have you tried ABCmouse.com yet? What’re your favorite educational apps, websites, or subscription boxes for kids?