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For many school-age kids, summer vacation is here, which goes hand-in-hand with being outside 24/7, playing with friends, and the dreaded summer slide ("the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year"). While I am constantly reading to, crafting with, and taking taking my boys (ages 4 and 18 months) on little educational field trips around town, I still worry about my oldest losing his newfound writing skills over break, which is where the science behind ABCMouse comes in handy.
If you have a toddler or young child who has watched PBS Kids, Sprout, Disney, or Nickelodeon in the last year, there is a good chance that you are familiar with advertisements for an online, early learning academy called ABCMouse. Like most commercials and advertisements, I didn’t give this program a second thought… After all, how great could this online learning program be? Aren’t there a million others? What makes this one in particular so special?
Fellow parents: I cannot rave about this program enough.
Starting from the time he was one, my husband and I were constantly working with our oldest on numbers and letters, so he was starting to get it/point to most of them on command, but adding ABCMouse into the mix after he turned two took it above and beyond!
By creating fun games that go more in-depth than most parents think to go (there is an entire series on each letter, number, color, shape, etc.), ABCmouse is creating a safe and enjoyable learning experience for children and parents alike.
One of my favorite things about ABCmouse is their way of teaching through song — isn’t it amazing how much easier things are to remember when set to music? When I was in kindergarten, we learned a song about the continents that has always stuck with me, and now my two-year-old is learning catchy tune about the sound each letter makes, as well as classic children’s songs (I’m a Little Tea Pot, Five Little Monkeys, etc.). Another plus to using the program? It is a fantastic bribing tool! (“Jax, do you want to do ABCmouse? Okay, we can do it as soon as you take a bath!”)
Moms and dads: I truly cannot recommend this program enough. It’s affordable, educational, reinforces what you’re already teaching, and is a perfect way to either jump start your child’s education or keep it up during these hot summer months!