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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ABCmouse Customer Feedback for June 2017

After a little break from posting customer feedback, I’m happy to post this selection of feedback about award-winning ABCmouse Early Learning Academy that we received in June 2017. This time, however, I’m going to offer some of the amazing and insightful feedback we’ve received from parents and teachers referencing specific ABCmouse learning activities.

The game format, as children of all different skin tones walk through the forest environment toward their camp site, was an engaging way to teach/review the five senses. The integration of forest animal needs and adaptations with the five senses lesson made the whole activity very interesting!

—Mother of an 8-year-old girl in Austin, TX

 

This is a fantastic activity! I liked how you asked students to fill in the title and label the axis. I also liked how you asked students to move the bars and compare data. Great job on this one!

—Mother in Oklahoma City, OK

 

This ABCmouse activity was engaging and easy to watch and listen to. The diversity of characters was great for all children to relate to. I liked the game that was inserted within the lesson to teach the characters about the five senses. It was a good idea to relate the senses to the environment where the characters were and indirectly teach the audience as well. The format was great as it didn’t just list the five senses and provide examples; it taught within a story that would leave students wanting to watch and learn throughout the lesson to see the end result.

—Mother of a 7-year-old boy in Atlanta, GA

 

This ABCmouse activity was a fantastic way to practice sight words AND rhyming words!

—Mother in Oklahoma City, OK

 

Great example to help with writing. Good use of writing vocabulary. I like the before-and-after example of the child’s writing. I also like how you brought us intonation. We grade on that now.

—Teacher with a 6-year-old child in Los Angeles, CA

 

I liked the ABCmouse lesson using compound words first, then moving to prefixes and suffixes, and then finally words broken into syllables. For students, this presents more familiar ways of breaking words into smaller words that they can practice and understand. As the words change, students are introduced to harder words, however, if they grasp the concept in the beginning, they will be able to break apart and read any words.

—Mother of a 7-year-old boy in Atlanta, GA

 

A great way to teach story elements. A great on-level way to break it down and explain how to write a story with all the essential elements and details. All the key vocabulary was used: setting, characters, problem, solution, etc.

—Mother of a 6-year-old girl in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

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

 

 

Renewing a Love of Education, a Passion for Excellence

Dr. Rebecca Palacios, National Teachers Hall of Fame

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.

Our First ABCmouse.com Case Study

On the Age of Learning blog, we recently shared the first of what will be a series of research case studies focused on the impact of ABCmouse.com in schools and homes.ABCmouse.com Case Study - Graph of Literacy Gains in Julie C's class

This first case study examines the experience of Julie Choudhary, a 25-year-veteran kindergarten teacher in Escondido, California, using ABCmouse.com.  In particular, it focuses on her classroom success using ABCmouse.com to differentiate instruction and her ability to engage the families of her students.

Julie found that ABCmouse.com helped her students make significant academic gains, with growth on key early literacy skills of more than twice the national average.

To learn more, view the case study PDF here: Differentiating Instruction and
Engaging Families with Technology.