ABCmouse Customer Feedback for July 2017

Once again, I thank the many parents and teachers who have written to us to share their positive experiences with our ABCmouse website and apps.

Thank you, ABCmouse, for letting my child learn new things. Now she can READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

—Father of a girl in West Palm Beach, FL

 

ABCmouse has been amazing and extremely beneficial for my students. It has been a great tool that allows me to connect the class with the home life. It gives the parents that are not able to come to the school the chance to see and interact with lessons their child(ren) are doing. … It is exciting and engaging.

—Pre-k teacher in Austin, TX

 

I love ABCmouse. I have used it with my students and my grandchildren. They have all shown an increase in skills after a short time. The lessons aren’t too long or wordy and are very engaging.

—Grandmother and special education teacher in Savannah, GA

 

In building the student/class course structure, ABCmouse gives you options in modifying lesson plans and activities to assist students who need additional teaching to help reach their goals. The lessons continue to keep students engaged in the activities at a constant pace. The interface allows the instructor to visualize the progress of each student and adjust lesson objectives accordingly.

—Pre-k and kindergarten teacher in Modesto, CA

 

My granddaughter loves this program. She is turning 7 this year and entering 1st grade and loves all the activities ABCmouse offers. Hours of fun and learning—thank you ABCmouse!

—Grandmother of a 6-year-old girl

 

I love the ABCmouse activities and how it tracks progress and keeps the students challenged as they learn. … Overall, AWESOME content and learning system … and the graphics are GREAT!

—Preschool and pre-k teacher in Las Vegas, NV

 

ABCmouse has really helped me differentiate lessons for my students.

—1st and 2nd grade teacher in Cincinnati, OH

 

I love ABCmouse. My kids are learning so fast and they are enjoying everything that they do. They’ve never had so much fun learning new things. This site is great, I recommend it to everyone.

—1st and 2nd grade teacher in Shreveport, LA

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Age of Learning Joins National Initiative to Transform “Book Deserts” into Book-Rich Environments

I am pleased to announce Age of Learning’s latest education access initiative here on my blog.

More than one million children from birth to age 8 currently live in public housing in the U.S. These children typically have less access to quality education and learning resources, resulting in an achievement gap that begins when they enter kindergarten unprepared to learn and widens as they progress to 3rd grade. Research shows that more than 80 percent of children from low-income families are not proficient readers by the end of 3rd grade. To help address this gap, Age of Learning recently joined the Leadership Cohort of the Book-Rich Environments Initiative.

You can read more about this initiative here on the Age of Learning blog.

Customer Feedback for ABCmouse: February 2017

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!!!!!!

—ABCmouse family

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

Age of Learning, Age of Running, Jumping, Playing…

Age of Learning may be the company behind ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy, the multi-award-winning online learning resource for children 2 – 6, but we don’t want young children sitting at a computer or holding a tablet all the time—even if they’re learning.

We think childhood should also be the age of running, jumping, stretching, riding, and playing. Developing strength, stamina, and coordination through exercise and physical activity has long been part of healthy childhood development. Kids need to move.

 There have even been some studies that suggested that physical activity could lead to improved learning outcomes such as higher test scores.  

A study published last month in the journal Pediatrics provides perhaps the strongest evidence yet to support the connection between exercise and improved cognitive performance in children.

The nine-month study of seven- to nine-year-old students found that regular after-school physical activity (a variety of active play in this case) led not only to physical fitness and weight loss, but also to significant improvements on tests measuring executive function.

The student participants out-performed a control group of children who didn’t participate in the exercise program on tests of their attentional inhibition and cognitive flexibility, meaning they were better able to focus their attention and not get distracted from their tasks and able to switch between cognitive tasks.

The study concluded that there was a causal effect of physical activity enhancing cognitive performance and brain functioning.

Fast Company also recently published an article about a school district in North Carolina that has implemented a Read and Ride program that has children read books as they ride exercise bikes. When the school analyzed the data they found that the students who biked the most in the program earned at 83% proficiency in reading, compared to just 41% proficiency for those with the least time in the program.

So, after your child completes a lesson on ABCmouse.com, reward him or her with some active playtime. It’s good for developing young bodies and minds.

Not sure how to get your kids moving? Bright Futures, a national health promotion and disease prevention initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics, offers some helpful parental guidelines for promoting physical activity for children of different ages.