What it is: ABC Mouse
is a complete online curriculum for pre-k and kindergarten students that provides a step-by-step learning path. There are six academic levels that include curriculum that includes over 350 interactive lessons and more than 2000 learning activities. As a student completes one activity successfully, they are guided to the next. The interactive lessons include online picture books, puzzles, games, songs, art, activities and printable activities that relate to different topics and disciplines. Each lesson offers different ways to learn to meet the needs of a variety of students. The reading curriculum in ABC Mouse helps students recognize letters and sounds of the alphabet and sight words. There are hundreds of books build in including fables, fairy tales and non-fiction. In addition to sight words, students can learn phonics, sound recognition and rhyming words/word families. The math curriculum teaches students numbers, shapes, patterns and measurement. Students will play games and activities that help them to recognize and count numbers 1-100, identify and draw shapes, and the meaning of addition and subtraction. ABC Mouse’s
World Around Us is an introduction to science, social studies and health curriculum. In the World Around Us, students will learn about the body and health, sports, plants and animals, weather and seasons, and earth/moon/sun/stars.
The lesson builder, lets you choose the content and activities for students to interact with based on their needs and interests. Progress tracking makes it easy to see the number of learning activities that have been completed. There are a lot of fun goodies tucked away including a virtual zoo, farm, aquarium and the ability to record a book in your own voice.
This is a comprehensive, well put together site that is FREE to public schools in the United States and Canada. It is a wonderful addition to the kindergarten classroom!
How to integrate ABC Mouse into the classroom: ABC Mouse is a fun website. Activities in ABC Mouse are fantastic for center use in a one-two computer classroom (or more). The activities and games are short enough for a center activity that students can cycle through.
For kindergarten students in a computer lab, this is a great site to get their feet wet with the technology at the beginning of the year. I often started my students on fun academic sites like Starfall.com where students could practice clicking, navigating, dragging/dropping, etc. These type of sites build students computer confidence, improve their fine motor skills and provide them with content area learning at the same time. I wish this site had existed when I was teaching kindergarten computer!
If you don’t have access to computers for the students but have an interactive whiteboard or projector-connected computer, students can take turns interacting with the ABC mouse activities. The books make great class read along stories on the big screen!
ABC Mouse is a fun way to introduce new concepts/skills, as a place for students to practice concepts/skills, or for review.
Tips: If you aren’t at a public school, sign up for the sample content…the private school dollar amount is reasonable!
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