ABC mouse is a lot like Starfall and oh how I LOVE starfall!!!! They have a free section and a full curriculum for 7.95 a month or 79.00 a year. As a member you get to track your child’s progress, create your own lessons, and have access to more advanced content. The site is meant for ages 2-6 so up to First grade. As members your child can also earn tickets as they complete tasks which they can turn in for a digital reward. The basic site (free part) just covers reading and math basics, the membership site covers reading, math, art, science, geography, and music. Basically it’s an on-line preschool.
I was very impressed with the content. Most free sites that are out there for toddlers and preschoolers just cover the bare minimum and don’t have much fluff. This site is neat. They begin with the basic alphabet where they say the letter name and sound. They then give you a list of pictures and 3 words that begin with that letter.
It then moves you to a book about that letter. As you can see my kids chose to explore letter C.
There also is a digital picture for them to paint, a song about the letter, tracing, puzzles, and games.
Once they have mastered their ABC’s they can move onto Word Families. Word families are a group of words that are related. There are many options to play with.
This section offers goes over the words, has the child trace, puzzles (for members only) and then has books that go along with the word family. I tried to do the tracing and it will take some getting use to. It’s hard to make the mouse move as you want.
The last section is reading sight words.
After they click on a word it gives them the word in a sentence, has them trace the word, gives them an art project which is really neat and relates to sight words, and last they complete a puzzle. You can change the difficulty level on the puzzles and the art picture.
I really like this site. It fun and very educational. They offer a variety of activities for kids that catch their attention quickly. There is just so much to do even in the free section. My only complaint is that they stop at Kindergarten Curriculum. I wish they would keep going.