ABCmouse.com: Preschool Learning at Home – A Review

My daughters are now almost 4.5 and 3 years old.  My older daughter, especially, is interested in learning.  Because she won’t go to Japanese school until we have the money saved, I felt it necessary to do something I hadn’t thought about doing before–homeschooling.  We’re finding that ABCmouse.com is the perfect preschool learning at home!

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I happened upon ABCmouse.com, and I decided to try it for free for 30 days.

ABCmouse.com Review

Let me tell you, we are hooked!  I love this program and plan to continue my subscription when the free trial period runs out.

Features We Love

You Can Register Multiple Children.

You can register up to 3 children, so registering both of my girls was no trouble.  Once in the program, I can easily switch between both girls.  Typically, we sit down, and I let one girl do two activities in her level, then I switch and let the other one do two activities.

You Choose the Level of Learning for Your Child

ABCmouse.com offers 6 different learning levels in addition to Toddler Time.  Currently I have my nearly 3 year old in Toddler Time, and my 4.5 year old in Level 3.

  • Toddler Time is perfect for two year olds.
  • Levels One and Two are for three year olds and are at the preschool level.
  • Levels Three and Four are for four year olds and are at the pre-k level.
  • Levels Five and Six are for five year olds and are at the kindergarten level.

You Choose Which Activities to Do

I wanted to have a set path to follow, so the girls are following a learning path.  We simply go to their path, and they have lessons to follow.  For instance, my 4.5 year old has 9 different “environments” to complete, and within each environment, there are lessons to complete.  At the pre-k level, there are 5 to 6 lessons in each environment and each lesson has about 6 activities to complete.  At the toddler time level, there are 4 activities to complete and about 4 lessons in each environment.

While I like following the set path, parents can also choose to have their child focus on particular skills or skip around to the activities.

There Are Plenty of Activities to Choose From

We follow the learning path, and each lesson has a variety of activities.  Typically, there is a story, a puzzle, coloring, matching and a song.  The girls love the songs, stories and coloring especially.

Each level has literally hundreds of activities, so you don’t have to worry about your child outgrowing this program any time soon.  Level One has the fewest activities with “only” 479 activities, while Level Five has 809 activities!

There Are Fun Rewards for Kids

Each time your child completes an activity, he earns between 1 and 3 tickets.  When he completes a lesson, he gets bonus tickets and gets to pick a prize.  The prizes range from things to furnish their cyber room to tubes for their hamster.

Each child gets his own room where he can arrange his avatar, furniture, and other prizes such as toys.  He also has a hamster and can create a hamster maze that the hamster goes through by choosing different tubing as prizes.  Kids can also use their accrued tickets to “buy” items for their cyber room and hamster.

We spend most of our time on learning activities, but once or twice a week, we spend some time adding to their hamster maze and arranging the new prizes in their room.  The girls love it.

After nearly three weeks of using this program, there is honestly nothing I dislike about it.  I especially see my 4.5 year old’s skills improving.  Now she recognizes more letters and has taken to writing down the names of books on paper by writing the letters she sees on the cover.

How Much Is ABCmouse.com

I think ABCmouse.com is very affordable, especially considering how much you can spend on homeschooling materials.  I truly think this is an all-in-one program.

The monthly subscription fee is $7.95.  However, there are also deals.  For instance, they are currnetly running a deal where you can choose to register for 12 months at once, and your cost is $59.95, which equals $4.99 a month.  There is no extra fee for an additional child.

While I wish we had the money to send the girls to Japanese school right now, ABCmouse.com is a happy compromise.  I can see that the girls are learning, and I feel good that we are taking steps to prepare them for school.

Have you tried ABCmouse.com?  Would you recommend it?

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  1. I’m going to be trying ABCMouse for my 2-year old son, so I’m glad I found this article. If I like it we will definitely invest in it. If I can pay $7.95 for a Netflix subscription, I can invest in something educational

    • That’s a good point! My girls still love it and use it every day. My 5.5 year old is in the last level. My 4 year old is still on level 2 because she gets distracted with buying things for her avatar and hamster. 🙂

  2. Glad I found this my daughter will be 5 in a few days. She won’t be going to kindergarten cause of b day deadline. But the school will test her next your to see where she is if be bored in kindergarten they might put her in first.

  3. We only have a tablet to download to. Says it’s not ready to go on tablet yet. I paid and cancelled in the same hour. Hurry up and make it tablet ready.

  4. I signed up a year ago, and it’s now charging 19.95 a month for 4 months, then rest of the year is taken care of. i’ll have paid 158.00 for two years. 6.58 a month. not bad. my 3 year old loves this app. i block her from spending her tickets without me and on a very good behavior day I remind her she gets to spend her tickets and she’s so happy with that. it’s like a reward system. I enjoy it.

  5. Can you help us? My son has bought some items with his tickets but they won’t let him put them into his room. Do you know how to put the items into rooms?

  6. I’m paying for the program for my great grand daughter. We’ve been on your rolls for quite some time and I recently paid for a full year. Sometimes we’re able to log in for a short time and then it closes. We’re using the same password now we are not recognized at all. Very frustrating. How do we talk to someone to get it straightened out!

    • That’s exactly what I want to know.I have been trying to figure this out for three days. Where do I go to change the level