As founder and CEO of Age of Learning, I’m thrilled to once again share some of the amazing feedback we received in March from families and teachers using our award-winning ABCmouse Early Learning Academy.
The teacher of my 5-year-old preschooler told that me she was behind the other students. I was upset but didn’t know what to do. The next morning … I purchased ABCmouse. It was the best decision I have made. She went back to school yesterday and her teacher sent me a picture of her holding a certificate for the most improved student and said she was like a different child!! I was so relieved, it made me cry!
—Mother of a 5-year-old girl
My students love ABCmouse! They are getting direct, differentiated instruction, and I can tailor lessons to skills they need to strengthen. I love it! I think it is great that it is free to teachers.
—1st and 2nd grade teacher in Philadelphia, PA
My daughter loves ABCmouse … she has learned so much!! Her teacher said she is the best in class. She also used to not really talk, but now she cannot stop talking about her friends after school!!!
—Mother of an 8-year-old girl in Lima, OH
This site is very helpful for children’s learning and development. I see positive results after consistent use of this site. Thanks for creating such an amazing platform for kids to learn while at home, after school, etc.
—Teacher in Houston, TX
I have an 8-year-old autistic daughter. Her reading and math, as well as her overall social skills, have improved greatly from being on ABCmouse. To see her opening up and enjoying herself as she learns is such a blessing. Thank you.
—Mother of an 8-year-old girl in Shreveport, LA
As a reading specialist, I love the site. My students find it very engaging and motivating.
—Kindergarten teacher in Holland, MI
I love ABCmouse!! It makes a fun educational change up to our homeschool schedule. My daughter loves the prizes and taking care of her pets after finishing each lesson.
—Mother homeschooling 6- and 4-year-olds in Davenport, IA
The site has become an essential tool in my classroom. The children love the games, stories, and puzzles. They feel really proud when they earn tickets. Thanks, ABCmouse!
—Preschool teacher in Kernersville, NC
This is the best educational learning site for early childhood that I have ever seen!!
—Licensed Early Childhood Educator in Salt Lake City, UT
All of us at Age of Learning, Inc., were once again humbled by the amazing messages of thanks and encouragement we received from families and teachers using ABCmouse. To date, we’ve received almost 3 million (2,998,721 to be exact). Here are a few from the past month that I’d like to share.
Thank you so much for adding second grade levels 9 and 10! I am so excited! I was overwhelmed with the thought of finding my daughter a different curriculum after she completed level 8. I love this program. It is engaging, and the printables, plus all the lessons, are amazing.
—Mother of a girl in Dearborn, MI
This is great! … And since this is a low income area that our school is in, I am so excited to share this awesome resource with the families to use at home. I have heard great things about it and of course all the commercials. So happy it is FREE for teachers!
—Pre-k and kindergarten teacher in Columbus, OH
I’m very smart. And I’m 7 years old. I love this site. It’s very good for children like me—and other kids.
—7-year-old in Chicago, IL
I think that this is the BEST SITE EVER! My 5-year-old has learned so much from this site. Right now she is in the honors reading group reading on a high first grade level. My 7-year-old old has brought up her reading level, and since math isn’t her best subject, ABCmouse has been that extra study guide for her. She is doing so well. THANK YOU!
—Mother of two in Arlington, VA
I am so thrilled to have found this amazing site! I tell everyone I know who has children—or even those who do not have children—that ABCmouse.com will change the way the world learns.
—Preschool teacher in Honolulu, HI
My son has a learning disability and has been using your site for 3 years. He is now 6 and despite his learning disability he is well above par and top of his class and just LOVES to learn! I ‘blame’ ABCmouse for ensuring my son does so well and loves learning so much. He is a genius, and the best decision I could have ever made for him was to sign him up for your site.
—Mother of a 6-year-old boy in Denver, CO
An excellent resource!!! I just love it. The animation really engages the students!!
—Kindergarten/1st grade teacher in Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
I just want to give a shout out as to how much our family LOVES ABCmouse! We homeschool our kids and it is an excellent program for some extra enrichment! My kids compete over how many tickets they can earn to ‘buy new pets.’ And they enjoy all the activities. My youngest son has learning disabilities, has had more than one brain surgery, and also has some vision problems, and ABCmouse has helped to break the barrier with him and keep learning fun! Thank you!!!!!!
We love it. All of my children and I love and use ABCmouse all the time. We refer everyone who has young children to also use ABCmouse. The kids can play on here for hours and it’s 100% educational. Their grades are up and improved, along with reading ability and sight words. Thank you ABCmouse.
—Pre-k/kindergarten teacher in Waynesburg, PA
For the first of my blog posts of the new year, I’d like to close out 2016 with a brief compilation of parent and teacher (and sibling) feedback that we received about our ABCmouse Early Learning Academy in December. Here’s to another year of learning. – Doug Dohring
I am 8. I have a sister who is 5 and a brother who is 2. This website is a miracle. Two weeks after we joined, my sister was the smartest in her class and my brother learned his ABCs.
– 8-year-old big sister in Los Angeles, CA
Love it!!! Thanks for providing this to teachers. We are seeing more children coming to kindergarten with fewer skills. This site helps so much.
– Kindergarten teacher in Columbia, MO
My son loves when he can take tests like his older siblings. He enjoys all the music. He is very excited to earn tickets. I love that he is learning by having fun. He can do it all by himself, too!
– Mother of 4-, 6-, and 9-year-old children
My youngest has hearing and attention problems. She played with ABCmouse all the time. I was so afraid that she wouldn’t keep up in kindergarten, but she has excelled. Unbelievable! She knows so much more than others in her class: shapes, sounds, letter sounds, numbers; I could go on and on. Thank you so much ABCmouse!
– Mother of an 8-year-old girl in Tucson, AZ
I enjoy the updated curriculum! The science section with Professor Hester is informative and fun, and the Literacy & Math sections have wonderfully challenging games for our class.
– 1st grade teacher
My son is showing marked improvement when he uses ABCmouse, and we love the curriculum and the app.
– Mother of a 1st-grade boy in New York, NY
I would like to thank you for the years that we have used the site and have been extremely happy with all that our children have learned as well as shared our love of the site with family and friends! Thank you!
– Mother in Philadelphia PA
I have been using this website for my son since he was 2 years old and now he is 5 and he loves it just the same! This is the greatest ever to help your child(ren) learn!
– Father of a 5-year-old boy
As I’ve done for most of 2016, I’d like to share some recent feedback we’ve received from parents, grandparents, teachers, siblings, and children who have been using our ABCmouse Early Learning Academy at home or in the classroom. I continue to thrilled to hear about so many success stories.
My 5-year-old child has been on ABCmouse for two years. We had him skip kindergarten … he knew too much for it. He can read, write, spell, do math, and more. ABCmouse is the best tool you can give your child and just sit back and watch as they learn so fast.
—Mother of a 5-year-old boy in Columbia, SC
My son loves the ABCmouse puzzles and book activities. He is learning fluency at a shockingly rapid pace. I also love that he plays these types of games vs. standard video games.
—Father of a 4-year-old boy in Baltimore, MD
I absolutely love using this app for math and reading games during our learning centers! It keeps my kids focused on the topic we’re working on and engaged in learning!
—1st grade teacher in Charlottesville, VA
My grandson loves ABCmouse. He is learning to spell and count. OMG, he was so happy, he went around spelling his name everywhere. I am so proud of him. Thank you for ABCmouse.
—Grandmother in Syracuse, NY
My granddaughter loves ABC, and I tell all my friends and even strangers to get this for their children. I am a professor in college and I shared with my students the benefits of early learning that is engaging and relevant.
—Grandmother (and Ph.D.) in Orlando, FL
My little sister already knew her ABC’s. But her teacher was saying she was not doing so well with her numbers. Now she knows her ABC’s AND her numbers. ABCmouse helped her with her numbers. ABCmouse.com is awesome!
—8-year-old brother in Mobile, AL
This site is GREAT for my “kinder babies!” I love that I can completely differentiate their work and track how they’re doing.
—Kindergarten teacher in Fort Worth, TX
This is a wonderful site for our developing language learners. Thank you for making it so accessible to public schools.
—ESL teacher in New York, NY
I am having SO MUCH fun on this. I am 6. With ABCmouse I have fun and learn.
—6-year-old boy in Bismarck, ND
We cannot express how happy we are with ABCmouse and all we have learned. Your updates are wonderful and we keep seeing new books videos and activities you have added.
—Mother in Toronto, Canada
ABCmouse is wonderful and very resourceful. As an educator this is one web site that I am using to reinforce, especially for differentiation.
—Preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten teacher in Baltimore, MD
I am excited to start ABCmouse with my students. … I used it with my own child and saw the amazing results!!!!!
—1st grade teacher in Charleston, SC
I’m delighted to be able to share today a recent and laudable accomplishment of a friend and colleague of mine, Dr. Rebecca Palacios. Becky has been working with me on the Curriculum Board at Age of Learning since 2009, helping to guide the award-winning early learning curriculum at ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy, along with our other Curriculum Board members and teacher advisors.
Becky is a pioneering educator, with a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Austin and more than three decades of experience in early childhood education. In 2014, her career in education was recognized with great honor when she was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame.
In other words, Becky is already an educator’s educator, at the very top of her profession. And yet she recently decided to go through the process of renewing her National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification.
Becky has always been a dedicated and inspirational teacher and a leader in the education community, so I asked her if she would share her experiences and feelings regarding the certification and renewal processes with other educators. These are her words:
In 1987, I was proud to become one of the original members of the NBPTS Board of Directors, representing all U.S. pre-k and bilingual teachers. The NBPTS was established to strengthen teaching standards, professionalize the teaching workforce, and define and recognize accomplished teaching. With the other board members, I helped to establish the gold standard for teaching and learning certification throughout the nation.
After serving eight years on the National Board, I went through the rigorous Early Childhood Generalist Standards certification process and became National Board Certified in 1997. In 2006, I renewed my NBPTS for the first time.
The renewal process is important because it demonstrates that the teacher has voluntarily gone well beyond what is required to teach in each state and can live up to the National Board’s expression of ideals, its Five Core Propositions for Teaching. It also allowed me to stay grounded in the teaching profession and focused on the best practices in my field, and it encouraged me to reflect on the positive impacts I am making in my professional career: my connection with students, families, other teachers, and the community.
For my NBPTS renewal, I was thrilled to be able to teach a lesson in the pre-k classroom of one of my former student teachers. As a member of the Age of Learning / ABCmouse.com Curriculum Board, I was additionally excited that I was able to use an ABCmouse.com book called Environments: Tropical Rainforest in my lesson. This engaging e-book provided an opportunity for me to incorporate science concepts that the students were learning, in addition to my lesson goals for vocabulary, literacy, and technology. Because the NBPTS renewal process required me to submit a Profile of Professional Growth, I was also able to highlight the professional growth experiences I have daily in working on ABCmouse.com for Age of Learning.
In my long career as an educator, I’m proud to have been a founding member of the NBPTS, a former Vice Chair, a benchmarker and trainer for the Early Childhood and English as a New Language certificate—and now a Board Certified Teacher who has gone through the renewal process twice!
Congratulations to Rebecca Palacios, Ph.D., lifelong educator, lifelong learner. Becky is a shining example of the talent, dedication, and expertise found among the many outstanding educators that make-up our Curriculum team. I feel lucky to have them as colleagues, but more importantly their efforts are positively affecting the lives of the millions of children who are using ABCmouse.com in classrooms, libraries, and homes.
For our first blog post on Age of Learning, we decided to start at the beginning, interviewing two members of the Age of Learning Curriculum Board who have been central to shaping ABCmouse.com since before the site launched and who continue to guide our growing early learning curriculum: Kim Oliver Burnim (2006 National Teacher of the Year) and Dr. Rebecca Palacios (2014 National Teachers Hall of Fame inductee and founding member of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards). Read the full post here…