Perhaps the best website I’ve used with Caroline is ABC Mouse. It is by subscription, but worth every penny in my opinion. There are two things that set ABC Mouse apart from other learning websites.
The first is the high quality of the site in general. The graphics and production level are far superior to much of what is out there. For example, we also use Starfall and subscribe to More Starfall, but their overall production quality is not on the same level as ABC Mouse. Caroline has definitely learned a lot at Starfall, but the quality is not quite the same. Everything on ABC Mouse is top-notch. They recently added a section with an original animated music video for each letter of the alphabet and many of them are very impressive.
The second is the wide variety of material available. I don’t think Caroline has come even close to utilizing every opportunity on there. ABC Mouse has so much more than any other website. A child could use ABC Mouse for years and not run out of new content to explore.
ABC Mouse has a feature where the parent can log in and select the activities she wants the child to do. It is called Lesson Builder and it is a great way for the parent to direct the child’s learning. I have done this a bit, but mostly I have let Caroline just explore.
One feature that was very helpful in a real life kind of way was the opportunity for Caroline to earn tickets when she completed different activities. The child can accumulate the tickets and use them to buy things in the stores. They can buy things to decorate their room, clothes, toys, etc. This single-handedly taught Caroline the relationship between work and money. No amount of discussing it with her in real life made the same impact as realizing if she wanted to buy something in the ABC Mouse store she had to do work on the website. Honestly, that alone was worth the price!
If you have a little one, I encourage you to check out ABC Mouse. I’m actually kind of sad that Caroline has started to outgrow it over the past year. She still enjoys playing on there, but she’s mostly beyond it academically. I imagine by the end of the summer we won’t be ABC Mouse subscribers any longer. But I will continue to tell people about it because I really think it is a fantastic website. If you would like to check it out, just click the graphic up above.