ABCmouse Study Shows Kindergarten Readiness and Other Academic Gains

We were thrilled with the results of a two-year longitudinal study of the efficacy of ABCmouse. The study examined the academic impact of the integration of our ABCmouse Early Learning Academy into prekindergarten and kindergarten classrooms. An article about the study was recently published in the Journal of Applied Research on Children.

The study found that students who completed more ABCmouse learning activities during the prekindergarten year scored higher on an assessment of kindergarten readiness skills than those who completed fewer activities. Results also showed that ABCmouse contributed to accelerated gains in literacy and math across several assessments throughout the kindergarten year. ABCmouse also appeared to help students who entered kindergarten less prepared catch up to their peers. Increased usage correlated with positive academic outcomes: the more students used ABCmouse, the more likely they were to make gains in math and literacy skills.

3 Key Findings of the Study

  • Kindergarten readiness: Greater usage of ABCmouse (more learning activities completed) resulted in higher kindergarten readiness scores at the end of pre-k.
  • Accelerated learning in kindergarten: Regular ABCmouse usage in kindergarten helped to accelerate students’ learning gains in literacy and mathematics skills on multiple assessments.
  • Learning activities: The number of ABCmouse learning activities completed was a strong predictor of literacy and math outcomes at the end of kindergarten.

Read an abstract of the article here …

Download a PDF of the full article here …

The Value of ABCmouse: Parents and Teachers Share Their Feedback

As I’ve done for the last few months, I’d like to share some recent feedback we’ve received from parents and teachers who have been using our ABCmouse Early Learning Academy at home or in the classroom.

My daughter started this at just 3 years old and has now completed kindergarten. She is testing a full year ahead of not only where they say she should be, but of her classmates as well. She loved ABCmouse.com, and I recommend it every chance I get. Thank you ABCmouse.com for helping me help my daughter.

—Mother of a 6-year-old girl in Salt Lake City, UT

This is an amazing site. The ABCmouse center is the preferred center for all of my students. At this center, the students are able to interact with each other: comparing, contrasting, coaching, and just having plain old fun with the program and its activities. The side effects are favorable—with significant spikes in learning gains in academic skills.

—Pre-k teacher in Orlando, FL

ABCmouse is the best thing we ever did for our granddaughter. She has been reading since she was 4 years old. Thank you so much ABCmouse. Your teaching tools make it fun for children to learn. I would recommend this for all children.

—Grandmother of a happy mouser since age 3

We love ABCmouse! Jaxon has been on ABCmouse for 4 years and has gotten so much from it. His teachers also use ABCmouse, so it makes it easy to hook up with the lesson plans they want him to work on.

—Parent using the ABCmouse app

My students love to work on the alphabet games, which have really helped them with letter sounds and sounds and recognition.

—Preschool and pre-k teacher with 861 days using ABCmouse

We are traveling all the time, so it’s hard for us to keep Ginny in pre-k class. ABCmouse gave us freedom of doing the lessons whenever and wherever we are.

—Mother of a 4-year-old girl

My daughter has been using this site for the past 2 years. She is now about to be 6, and I can honestly say ABCmouse has taught her skills that I didn’t think a child her age should know. The laughter from her learning is music to my ears. Thank you ABCmouse for making learning a happy place for our children!

—Mother of a 5-year-old girl

I love this site. My little one and I play it every day. My daughter who’s 9 always helps my little one. I’m so happy they made a website like this where my little one can learn! She starts dancing every time she hears the music.

—Mother of 2- and 9-year-old girls in Hagerstown, MD

Parents and Teachers Share Their Praise of ABCmouse

As I’ve done for the last couple of months, today I’ll be sharing some of the most recent positive feedback we’ve received at Age of Learning. Once again, we received thousands of messages from parents and teachers who’ve been using ABCmouse with their children and students. Their brief stories are both gratifying and inspiring, confirming that our work at Age of Learning is making a very real and meaningful impact on the lives of children.

I love ABCmouse! My daughter could read brand new books cover to cover by the time she turned 4. She is 4 1/2 now and reading on a 2nd or 3rd grade level. She can also do basic addition and subtraction and has advanced reasoning skills as well. Thank you for creating such a comprehensive and entertaining learning program!!

—Mother of a 4-year-old girl

 My very artistic and ACTIVE 5-year-old granddaughter, who lives with me, finds the learning so absorbing and fun that she will gladly take time from other active pursuits to sit and “play” ABCmouse! She loves the color, the ability to repeat an activity or to move on. Thank you for helping me to help her love learning.

—Grandmother of a 5-year-old girl in Cleveland-Akron, OH

I love the printables for use in my class. They are clear and great quality. I’m excited about incorporating this site into my curriculum as a home study addition.

—Preschool teacher in Huntington Beach, CA

We love this site. Kam’s willingly comes to get my iPad to begin his lessons. He is two and enjoys learning his colors and the other activities. He is speaking now and the clarity of sound on the site has helped immensely with his pronunciation. Hearing his voice say “Mommy” after everything else (therapist, special learning and hearing tools) we have tried was almost as awesome as his birth!!!!!!

—Mother of a 2-year-old boy in Atlanta, GA

 I am a mother of a two-year-old and six-year-old. Both LOVE ABC Mouse. Every day they request to play the games, music, and absolutely love the printed coloring pages! This is a wonderful site, my two-year-old has already earned a certificate and my six-year-old has nearly mastered the highest level. Winning the tickets and prizes are a great motivational tool as well. Thanks ABCmouse.com!

—Mother of two girls, ages 6 and 2

 I could not be more pleased with this site. It has given my daughter an advantage through the years and as she progresses out of kindergarten and into the first grade. Thank you ABCmouse.com.

—Mother of a 6-year-old girl in Denver, CO

I feel that the ABC mouse program does very well at keeping the children’s attention. Each lesson is interactive and learning is made fun for each student.

—Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

 My granddaughters love the incentives! They have both always been eager learners and ahead of the learning curve for their age. ABCmouse has allowed them to continue learning at their unique levels.

—Grandmother of two girls in Birmingham, AL

Hi, good day. I must say that this program has been helping my son, who is 12 years old, at school. He is a special child, and he has now started to learn. I was surprised to see the progress that he has been making.

—Mother of a 12-year-old boy

My granddaughter is 7 now and in 2nd grade. I highly recommend ABCMouse.com as a learning tool. My granddaughter enjoyed ABCmouse and spent hours of excitement and learning on her path to learning. I thank ABCmouse for making such a big contribution to her learning abilities.

—Grandmother of a 7-year-old girl in Salt Lake City, UT

 

More ABCmouse Feedback from Parents and Teachers

As I did last month, today I’ll be sharing some of the more recent positive feedback we’ve received at Age of Learning. Each month we receive thousands of messages from parents and teachers who’ve been using ABCmouse with their children and students. It’s stories like these that make the work we do each day so very rewarding.

It’s GREAT! I have always been trying to find ways to keep my little man ahead of the curve, and we LOVE this app! Even if we are just learning in short bursts, he NEVER ceases to amaze me! I can honestly say we are BOTH learning from this. He is gaining valuable knowledge from the lessons AND I am learning a lot about him!

—Parent using the ABCmouse Kindle app

Love it!! My second grader was really behind, but since starting ABCmouse he is caught up with his grade level. My three-year-old loves it and is counting to 25, recognizing letters, and enjoys dressing her avatar.

—Mother of a 7- and 3-year-old

Thank You for making ABCmouse available for our children. We serve low income families and having access will increase the children’s ability to learn. Thank You!

—Teacher in Knoxville, TN

We have loved this site for several years. My current first grader insisted on getting it renewed when I let the membership lapse. So glad I did. She has found even more things to enjoy.

—Mother of 6- and 8-year-old girls

Great website for the young minds. My students love the challenges and the rewards they get.

—Pre-K teacher in Birmingham, AL

I have twins … and they have such different personalities and learning abilities. ABCmouse has them thriving and learning and loving to learn, which is great for four-year-olds to love to learn. Thank You!

—Mother of 4-year-old twin girls

My class with children that have special needs LOVE this program. It has been a great way for us to incorporate more math and ELA into our day, while also keeping them interested and fully engaged.

—Special Education Teacher in Keller, TX

ABCmouse has been fantastic. My daughter had been in preschool for 4 months and was struggling to remember letters and did not know their sounds. Within 1 month on ABC mouse she knew all letters and sounds.

—Mother of a 4-year-old girl

 

My daughter was born almost 2 months premature … she is now 4 1/2 and she attends a Head Start program but needs a little extra to help her succeed … ABCmouse is just that! Thank you! I’ve also started my 2-year-old on it as well and she now enjoys to sing along to songs and points out letters!

—Mother of 4- and 2-year-old girls

My son had speech problems and couldn’t say many words. Within the first week using ABCmouse he was saying so many more words. Even trying to say sentences. Its AMAZING! Thank you so much ABCmouse.com!!

—Parent using the ABCmouse Android app

This is a great tool for a toddler. I like that it is easy to navigate and very kid-friendly. The rewards point system has made my child look forward to participate more on the tasks that are given. I also enjoy watching and singing the different tunes for the letter sounding sections. Thank you, ABCmouse.com.

—Father of 4-year-old girl

 

 

Building Educational Excellence: Hall of Fame Teacher & Teacher of the Year Talk About Age of Learning

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…

Age of Learning Curriculum Board members

Age of Learning Curriculum Board members

A Lifetime Love of Learning

I’m posting this today, Valentine’s Day, because love is actually a very important goal for us at Age of Learning, the early childhood education company I founded a few years ago.

Not the romantic love typically associated with this day, but the love of learning.

With our award-winning ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy website, we teach the youngest learners valuable skills through our comprehensive online curriculum–designed, developed, and guided by our team of early childhood education experts. But we aim to do much more than that.

We strive to fully engage young children in their education in a way that inspires a true love of learning that helps them become successful learners now-–and throughout their lives.

We know that the knowledge, skills, confidence, self-esteem, and perhaps most importantly, the love of learning that young children develop with us will help lay a solid foundation for their future success, both academically and personally.

Here are a few of the thousands of recent messages from parents and educators that keep us inspired:

I never thought a website could offer such a broad range of learning and play at just the right level for my kids. I was going to just give the site a try, but we’re hooked! My three-year-old has so much confidence in his own ability to learn. I love the rewards system. ABC Mouse has changed my opinion of the value of computer-based learning.

Mother of a 3-year old boy

I have seen tremendous growth in all of my kids this whole year by using ABCmouse.com. It gives kids this love of knowledge, a thirst for learning.  They want to be successful.

Kindergarten Teacher

We started using abcmouse.com 3 months ago, and my son can’t get enough of this site. He is learning so quickly. Using abcmouse.com has put such a hunger for learning that even when we are not on this site all he wants to do is look at books, look for letters, numbers, and colors everywhere we go. He even looks for shapes of letters in the ceiling woodwork corners, hangers, etc. It’s amazing! We love this site. Thank-you abcmouse.com!!

Mother of a 2-year-old boy

My son was behind in Pre-K and his teachers said there wasn’t much they could do. My son is strong willed, energetic, and loves the outdoors. Classroom work was extremely difficult for him. He became frustrated and shut down because he simply didn’t understand. This site has been life changing. He’s thriving and LEARNING with this site. He’s mastered his ABC’s song in a weeks time and is excited to come home and “play” on ABCmouse each day. The positive reinforcements have made him feel like he can succeed. Thank you for creating this site and saving my sons future.

Mother of a 5-year old boy

My kids have such a passion for learning. And if I could say one factor that instilled that passion in learning for them, it’s ABCMouse.com.

Kindergarten Teacher

 My daughter at 3 and 4-years old didn’t live with me, so when I got her, I didn’t know what she could or couldn’t do. I wasn’t sure how to learn what she knew or didn’t know. Every Friday for an hour we spent time on ABCmouse, and within 6 months she was ahead of her class! I was her best friend again and I knew how my baby was doing and I knew how to help her learn! ABCmouse gave me back something I thought I had lost forever. THANK YOU ABCmouse FOR BRINGING ME AND MY BABY GIRL BACK TOGETHER AGAIN AND HELPING ME HELP HER. I COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOUR HELP!!!

Mother of a 5-year old girl

I have 3 children on ABC Mouse. My youngest daughter is 2 and has been on ABC Mouse for a few months now. She has learned so much in such a short time! She is now applying what she has learned online through ABC Mouse to everyday activities! She goes around the house counting and identifying things, pointing out letters and numbers and telling me about them! Other friends and family members are noticing the amazing changes and are asking us how. We don’t tell them, we show them! We log in and let them see how she just soaks it all up and how much fun it is for her! I was impressed in the beginning but now I am totally blown away! Best thing I have ever done for my children!

Mother of two 5-year olds and a 2-year old

And that’s why we truly love what we do.

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Age of Learning.