Reading Tips for Parents from a Hall of Fame Teacher

A colleague, friend, and National Teachers Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. Rebecca A. Palacios has served as a Sr. Curriculum Advisor and member of our Curriculum Board at Age of Learning, since 2009. She has worked with us on strategic curriculum planning and the design of age-appropriate learning activities for our digital learning programs, including ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy and ReadingIQ.

She recently became a contributor for US News & World Report, and today her first article was published.

9 Ways to Make Sure Your Child Loves Reading” offers parents essential early literacy tips to help foster their children’s love of reading and help them develop the skills needed to better navigate the future as adults.

I encourage parents with young children to read Dr. Palacios’ article here…

Age of Learning Launches ReadingIQ, an Expert-Curated Digital Library

ReadingIQ from Age of LearningI’m thrilled to share that last week Age of Learning launched ReadingIQ, an advanced digital library for children 12 and under, which gives families and teachers access to thousands of high-quality books, curated by experts to advance literacy.

ReadingIQ provides the best of children’s literature, including Caldecott and Newbery award winners, National Geographic and National Geographic Kids books, more than 1,000 exclusive titles, and thousands of additional high-quality fiction and nonfiction books from leading publishers. Plus, the entire ReadingIQ library is easily searchable by topic and leveled with both the Guided Reading and Lexile® systems so that children can find titles that match their interests and reading ability.

As with ABCmouse Early Learning Academy, we’ve made ReadingIQ available at no cost to teachers for use in their classrooms, with the ability to assign an entire reading level of books to each student to read at home, completely free. Families who want full home access to all of the ReadingIQ library can subscribe for less than $5 a month or $30 a year. ReadingIQ is available at www.ReadingIQ.com, or can be downloaded to smartphones and tablets through the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Learn more about ReadingIQ on the Age of Learning blog or go to www.ReadingIQ.com.

 

Age of Learning Expanding Opportunity Through Our Education Access Initiatives

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Our mission at Age of Learning is simple: helping children everywhere build a strong foundation for academic success and foster a lifelong love of learning. And we measure progress by our ability to increase learning outcomes for all children, particularly those who are furthest from opportunity.

Children from low-income families begin to fall behind their peers in vocabulary development before they’re even two years old. By the time they reach fourth grade, 80 percent of these children are not proficient readers (Source: Campaign for Grade-Level Reading). This learning deficit has long-term effects on children’s academic future, including their likelihood of graduating from high school.

To help address this challenge, Age of Learning has developed a set of Education Access Initiatives to make our educational programs available for free to children whose families may not be able to afford a subscription.

Learn more about the progress of these initiatives here on the Age of Learning blog.

Bring Learning Home Initiative Expands in the Bay Area

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The Bring Learning Home Initiative is expanding its reach in the San Francisco Bay Area, providing families throughout the Bay Area with free home access to ABCmouse Early Learning Academy via public libraries. Local families can now “check out” ABCmouse accounts for four weeks at a time from the San José Public Library, San Mateo County Libraries, Contra Costa County Library, and 13 other library systems.

Bring Learning Home is a Tides Foundation initiative that works to help close the access and achievement gaps in education by providing research-validated digital education resources to young learners, with a focus on low-income families.

Through Bring Learning Home, libraries are providing families free at-home access to the research-validated ABCmouse curriculum, including more than 10,000 ABCmouse Learning Activities (hundreds available in Spanish), several standalone mobile apps that can be used without internet connectivity, and digital assessments. The program is designed to increase school readiness and reading proficiency and can be accessed by up to three children per family. Libraries also receive physical books for each branch, training for librarians on the use of digital early education resources, and support for family outreach and education.

Learn more on the Age of Learning blog…

ABCmouse Adds Major New Features for Teachers and Schools

As part of Age of Learning‘s commitment to help children everywhere build a strong foundation for academic success, we offer ABCmouse at no cost to teachers for use in their classrooms. For schools and districts, ABCmouse for Schools adds full home access for students, custom curriculum alignment, performance reporting, professional development, and more.

During the last school year, more than 145,000 teachers—including 1 in 4 kindergarten teachers in the U.S.—serving millions of students used ABCmouse in their classrooms. Students completed more than 100 million ABCmouse Learning Activities during the year.

For the 2018-2019 school year, we developed the following new features and capabilities for ABCmouse for Teachers and ABCmouse for Schools. You can learn more about these features from the following posts on the Age of Learning blog:

  1. Digital Library Experience 
  2. Standards-Aligned Collections
  3. A New Teacher Experience
  4. ABCmouse Ambassador Program

Closing the Achievement Gap with Tips for Preventing Summer Learning Loss

Summer matters. For those months of the year when children aren’t in school, engaging educational experiences can keep them from losing the progress they made. A major challenge during these summer months is ensuring that children retain the knowledge gained during the school year by preventing the “summer slide.”

Research shows that the summer slide has a significant, cumulative impact on academic achievement, particularly for children in low-income households. The summer slide is a key factor behind a stunning statistic: by the end of 5th grade, disadvantaged children are, on average, nearly three grade levels behind their more affluent peers in reading (source: The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading). And, according to the National Summer Learning Association, summer learning loss accounts for two-thirds of the achievement gap in reading between children from low- and middle-income households by 9th grade.

But there is hope. While the school year will start before we know it, there’s still time for children to reinforce what they learned the previous year and prepare for the next one. Engaging and effective learning experiences can help prevent the summer slide by getting children excited to continue learning over their summer break.

Click here to get some helpful tips that families can use to maintain academic achievement over the summer from National Teachers’ Hall of Fame inductee Dr. Rebecca Palacios, Senior Curriculum Advisor at Age of Learning …

ABCmouse Songs Now Available to Stream

ABCmouse Streaming SongsThings have been busy, which is good. But that’s meant that I’m more than a bit behind in posting to my blog. I’m going to do my best to catch folks up on what’s been going on with Age of Learning, starting with this post about ABCmouse streaming educational songs…

Music has always been a big part of ABCmouse Early Learning Academy, which offers more than 175 songs that help bring learning to life for children. That’s why I’m thrilled to announce here that our complete collection of ABCmouse music is available on major music platforms worldwide, including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Pandora, and Google Play. With a listener base of more than 300 million people in more than 100 countries, these platforms expand the reach of ABCmouse to many more families around the world.

The ABCmouse music collection features dozens of original compositions (we’ve always had great musicians and songwriters in the company!), including a song for each letter of the alphabet, songs that teach about numbers, shapes, colors, geography, and much more. The collection also includes many new arrangements of classic children’s songs. We produce and record all our songs in our on-site recording studios in our headquarters in Los Angeles.

Families who want another (joyful) way to learn, can find our music under ABCmouse on SpotifyApple MusicAmazon MusicTidalGoogle Play, Pandora, and several other music platforms. Enjoy!