Learning is an essential part of our lives, especially when we are kids and everything seems so mysterious and full of potential discoveries. Naturally, children enjoy learning about the world around them, and today modern technologies are always available to help them. Educational apps haven’t been around for a long time, but they are rather ...
ABCmouse.com - Fun to Play and Learn, Not-so-Fun to Unsubscribe
Learning is an essential part of our lives, especially when we are kids and everything seems so mysterious and full of potential discoveries. Naturally, children enjoy learning about the world around them, and today modern technologies are always available to help them. Educational apps haven’t been around for a long time, but they are rather popular among parents and their children due to a number of factors - wide availability, affordability, and the potential to keep a child entertained for at least an hour, to name a few. You can find lots of such apps in both iOS Apple Store and Android Play Market, but not all of them are worth your child’s attention. Let’s take a look at the ABCmouse.com app and find out whether it is a good idea to let your children use it.
The first thing you have to understand about this app is that it isn’t a stand-alone app, but rather a mobile client for a popular website called ABCmouse.com. You can only use the app if you have an ABCmouse.com subscription; otherwise, it’s not very useful.
If you do have a subscription, you’ll have to download the app from your device’s respective app store and sign in using your existing user details for ABCmouse.com. Once you do that, you’ll be able to access all content the smart mouse has to offer - which is quite a lot. Overall, there are more than 600 lessons on ABCmouse.com, all of which are interactive and revolve around a custom curriculum. When your child completes a lesson, you can view their progress and even analyze it, because the app gathers various information about your child’s activity on ABCmouse and presents it as graphs, charts, and diagrams. If you take ABCmouse quite seriously, not just as a fun pastime, but as an educational resource, this feature might be quite handy.
The lessons are also divided into eight various levels, starting with preschool level (children who are about 3 years old) and finishing with the first-grade level (children who are older than 6 years). There is a flexible motivation system, which rewards the child with points and tickets after completion of every lesson. The points can be spent in an in-app shop to purchase various items, including clothing, pets and other fun things for an avatar (a figure that represents the child when they are doing something on ABCmouse).
The subjects that your child can learn in the ABCmouse.com app for mobile devices are as following:
- Reading and Language. Here children can learn how to read, starting with letter recognition and gradually improving their skills until they can read books from ABCmouse library (more than 450 books, covering various subjects from seasons of the year to numbers);
- Math. This section teaches kids to recognize numbers from 1 to 120, as well as do addition and subtraction and measure some basic things, such as length and time;
- The World Around Us. This is a place to learn about the human body, the planets, plants and animals, climate and geography;
- Art and Colors. In this section, children can discover their creative side as they learn about various colors and their shades, color pictures and draw their own ones using lines, shapes, and colors.
ABCmouse.com iOS and Android app also features educational animated videos and interactive games. All of them were designed to help children learn while playing and having fun. In addition, ABCmouse has lots of jigsaw puzzles to help develop critical thinking and attentiveness in children, as well as songs that explain some basic concepts (ranging from letters to friendship) and are fun to sing along to. ABCmouse users can also go on a virtual tour around a zoo, an aquarium, and a farm whenever they wish, which means that they learn about fish, wild and domestic animals in an entertaining, interactive way.
Last but not least, there are more than a thousand printables available at ABCmouse.com, which means that kids don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of time on the ABC app. Many activities can easily be taken to paper, which is good for developing fine motor skills.
ABCmouse.com Android and iOS apps both have a great design, featuring lots of fun, colorful graphics that are bound to make learning interesting. Since the app is mostly used by children, it is very important that the interface is user-friendly, and it definitely seems like the ABCmouse developers have succeeded in achieving just that.
Here’s where it might come to problems with the ABCmouse.com apps. Many users complain about being unable to cancel the subscription when it is no longer needed. In addition, according to numerous app reviews by Android users, the ABC app is prone to freeze and crash quite often, which makes it unsuitable for children.
Cross-Platform Use 4.5/5
You can download and install the ABCmouse app for smartphones and tablets running on Android and iOS. There’s no version of the app available for Windows devices, but it is possible to access the website through the browser on PCs and Macs. Still, a dedicated app would’ve been more convenient for many users.
ABCmouse.com offers a free app for iOS and Android devices, but you need a paid subscription to access the app’s features through the ABC website. The subscription costs $7.99 per month, but it can also be paid on a yearly basis (then it’ll cost you $99 per year). There is no free version with limited functionality, so be prepared to invest some money if you want your kids to use ABCmouse.com.
While the idea of an educational app for children with such a vast variety of features is great, the developers seem to have forgotten about the usability aspect. This might be the deal breaker for users who want to get seamless app performance for their money.Collapse
While ABCmouse.com is an undoubtedly great resource, in theory, its practical application is quite poor, so you might be better off with another source of educational content for your children.
Pros : Lots of high-quality educational material;
Fun, interactive content.
Cons : Usability issues;
Canceling the subscription may not be easy;
No dedicated app for Windows 1o devices.
Cross-platform use 4.5