Thursday, August 7, 2014

Early Literacy and ABCMouse

ABCMouse.com for Libraries
ABCMouse.com, a popular preschool learning activity subscription website, has recently offered a free alternative for public libraries called ABCMouse.com for Libraries. The ABCMouse curriculum has been compared to the activities available through AWE stations. ABCMouse requires a computer and Internet connection, unlike AWE.

The alphabet, numbers, music, animals, and more are common features of ABCMouse activities.  There is a consumer-focus to the site that should be noted. Players receive virtual tickets for trying activities; tickets can be redeemed in an imaginary store that mimics the online shopping experience. ABCMouse does not show any ads or include off-site links.  ABCMouse.com for Libraries offers a variety of set-up options intended to support different ways the program might be made available in a public library setting.

ABCMouse.com for Libraries was recently reviewed by School Library Journal.  ABCMouse.com has been reviewed by Common Sense Media and Education World, among others.

Have you considered using ABCMouse.com for Libraries?  If you already use it, what has the response been from children and families in your community?