About Online Education and ABC Mouse
For centuries now education has always been an activity which required physical books as well as face-to-face interaction with a teacher. Even if you take a look back to how things worked only ten or twenty years ago, things were still largely the same.
However, along came the internet and opened up a world of new possibilities for many niches and industries, including that of early learning. As it happens, there are a few kids learning websites out there dedicated to providing online activities to help children acquire the foundations for academic education, with one of the most renowned being ABC Mouse.
To sum it up ABC Mouse is basically a website which contains a large number of learning activities designed for children aged between 2 and 6. There are three levels: preschool, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten. While using this website is totally free for all public schools in Canada and the U.S., the general public has a bit more of a restricted access with only some of the features being available at no charge; to use the full capabilities of this website one must enroll in a subscription-based membership.
An Overview of the ABC Mouse Levels
There are six levels in total to their program, each one containing materials on reading, math, art & colors, and the World Around Us. The levels have been carefully designed to challenge your child, but not too harshly so as not to make things unpleasant; after all, we don’t need a scientific study to tell us that learning is much easier when it’s also fun. Here is a very quick overview of what each level covers:
ABC Mouse’s Pre-School Levels
The pre-school levels were mainly designed for children between the ages of 2 and 3 who are only starting to learn letters and numbers. There are various puzzles and activities designed to help your child develop the most basic fundamentals needed to get through life in general.
Ideally, by the end of this level your child should be able to spell the entire alphabet in upper case letters, count from one to five, have the ability to identify circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, diamonds, stars, not to mention the ability to differentiate red, yellow, blue, orange, green and purple.
Also, there is a section called The World Around Us which in this level teaches your child how to get dressed, about their body in general, as well as various ways in which you can learn while at the market.
ABC Mouse’s Pre-Kindergarten Levels
Picking up where the pre-school curriculum left off, the pre-kindergarten levels are intended for children between the ages of 3 and 6 who already have the knowledge which the previous levels bring.
In a nutshell, this curriculum teaches the alphabet in both upper and lower case letters, numbers 1 through 20, and all the basic geometric shapes (circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, diamonds and stars).
As far as arts & colors go, the levels are mostly dedicated to white, black and brown, and finally The World Around Us teaches your children about weather, plants and the connection between the two.
ABC Mouse’s Kindergarten Levels
Finally, there are the Kindergarten levels which are meant for children who know everything the last four levels teach, as well as those aged between 4 and 6 who are already somewhat familiar with the alphabet and the numbers 1 through 10.
In any case, this final curriculum aims to get your child ready for an academic life by first of all giving them an understanding of how to mix lower and upper case letters. In addition to that, numbers from 1 to 20 are thoroughly covered, as are all the geometric shapes to which hearts and ovals have been added.
As far as arts & colors are concerned, basically every color taught up until this point is used, with a couple of new additions: pink and grey. Finally, The World Around Us section aims to expand your child’s understanding about the universe, teaching them the four seasons, as well as very basic astronomy about our solar system.
Learning More about ABC Mouse’s Early Learning Features
Of course, there is much more to the early learning tools for kids ABC Mouse has in store, as amongst many things it allows you to easily track your progress, not to mention build your own lessons customized to your child’s learning style.
Needless to say, this was just a very brief and shallow overview of what ABC Mouse is and what it has to offer. You can learn more about what they have to offer by simply following this link, not to mention that some of their features are accessible for free so you can try it out without having to worry about anything.
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