Man the Summer just flew by and here we are Back to School. As reluctant as we all are we are certainly settling back into the routine. Natalie is now in the 3rd grade and Elle is in the 1st. They are really excited to be learning new things.
And you have to love the ice cream afterwards!
For those that have kids that are excited for school but just not quite old enough, I have found a great option for you. All you need is a computer, an Internet connection and a subscription to ABCmouse.com (only $7.95/month and that includes up to 4 kids). There is also a free 30 day trial (for a limited time).
The Program is set up in an easy to follow path with levels ranging from Pre-School to Kindergarten (but even my 3rd grader likes to play). You do not have to start at the beginning and you can move your child back or forward as you see fit. Each level includes 4 Subjects: Reading (helps children learn the letters or the alphabet as well as their sounds. Also helps your child begin to recognize sight words), Math (teaches numbers, shapes, patterns, and measurements), The World Around Us (social studies, science and health) and Art & Colors (different types of Art activities such as coloring pages, dot-to-dots, paint-by-numbers, traceables, and printables). Add in songs, games, books and puzzles and you have a program that certainly makes learning fun!
I do have to say I love hearing the girls sing along to the songs.
If you feel the need to build lesson plans for your child the option is there. There is also progress tracking for the parents to see what your child has accomplished. There is also the option to see progress both by academic level and by curriculum subject with easy to read graphs.
There is also built in incentive to finish the lessons. Your child will earn tickets (amount depends on how difficult the lesson/activity was). Tickets can be used to “purchase” virtual items on the site, such as new fish for the classroom fish tank or avatar accessories. The Tickets and Rewards System makes learning a game, and at the same time teaches important math skills as children keep track of tickets earned and spent.
Also if you are a teacher you could use ABCmouse.com in your classroom. It is free to public schools and for a limited time it's also free to preschools and private schools. This would be a pretty awesome assest to any Pre-K to 1st grade classroom.
This is one of the best programs I have seen for at home pre-school or even for extra practice and review. And at a very affordable price! Sign up here and try it out free for 30 days (limited time).
Thanks to ABCmouse.com
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