Posted on April 14, 2022 at 4:00 am
When my kids were young, I added some kids’ apps to my phone that I used on occasion to keep them occupied—while in the doctor’s office waiting room, while making dinner, or when I just needed a few minutes of calm. Those short spans of screen time sometimes bought a little extra sanity for everyone.
And even though there are now more websites and apps targeting kids than ever, it can be hard to find online content that is truly safe and appropriate for young kids.
When my kids were preschool and elementary-school age, they enjoyed playing ABCmouse at the library, and back then, it was only available to use while you were in the library. Not anymore!
ABCmouse is still free for everyone to use in all our libraries. And now all in-district library cardholders can access it from home or while traveling, anywhere with internet access!
The ABCmouse curriculum is designed for kids ages 2–8 and includes reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. Experts in early childhood education have designed the curriculum, so you can be assured that content and activities are developmentally appropriate.
Parents can also feel confident letting their child explore ABCmouse on their own because it contains zero advertisements and no external links.
While using ABCmouse, kids learn through play, using a step-by-step learning path. When they play games, complete puzzles, sing songs, color, and listen to books, they are engaged in activities that are both fun and educational.
Getting started is easy. Once you log in with your library card number, you are prompted to create an account. With your account, you can customize your child’s experience and track their progress. If you have more than one child, each can have their own username so that you can keep track of progress individually.
Navigation is easy. Along with the learning path, there are other fun places to explore, such as the zoo or pet park. Kids can even earn tickets to customize their virtual world by decorating their own virtual room or by adopting virtual pets.
Now that ABCmouse is available to use when you are away from the library, you can feel confident that your kids are playing on a safe and fun learning app no matter where you are. May you too find a little bit of extra sanity while your child gets some educational screen time!