March 29, 2011 (Glendale, CA): ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy—a pioneering educational website for children ages 2 through 6 (preschool through kindergarten)—announced today the release of its first music album, The Letter Songs A to Z, which is now available on iTunes. The album features 26 songs, one for each letter of the alphabet.
Samples of all 26 songs, including lyrics, can be accessed at ABCmouse.com/LetterSongs.
ABCmouse.com is a global education initiative of Age of Learning, Inc., whose goal is to help children build a strong foundation for future academic success by providing a comprehensive and engaging online curriculum that greatly helps early learners succeed in pre-k, kindergarten, and early elementary school programs. In keeping with this overall mission, the 26 original ABCmouse.com letter songs were written to help children learn the names and sounds of the letters of the alphabet, as well as to increase their vocabulary. Additionally, every letter song is produced and arranged in a different musical style to introduce children to a wide variety of musical genres, including folk, pop, R&B, big band, country, rock, tango, disco, hip hop, and more. This wide variety of genres makes The Letter Songs A to Z album uniquely entertaining for parents and children alike.
Music is an important part of the ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy curriculum. The site’s large and growing music library contains original songs, such as those in The Letter Songs A to Z album, as well as classic traditional children’s songs, like The Itsy Bitsy Spider and Five Little Monkeys. As with all of the content on ABCmouse.com, the music and songs on the website are created and produced in-house by Age of Learning’s own creative team in Glendale, CA. This ever-growing team of professionals is dedicated to providing children, parents, and teachers with the highest quality educational experience possible.
“Learning the alphabet and the letter sounds and developing oral vocabulary are all fundamental to reading,” said Doug Dohring, founder and CEO of Age of Learning, Inc., which owns and operates ABCmouse.com. “We know from the feedback we receive daily that the songs and music offered on ABCmouse.com are among the most popular activities on the site. Now that this album is available on iTunes, children and parents can enjoy and learn from this music no matter where they are."
From The Letter G Song (music genre: cowboy country)
From The Letter X Song (music genre: hip hop)
ABCmouse.com’s curriculum has been designed in close collaboration with nationally recognized early childhood education experts, ensuring that the content aligns with best practices of early education. Recognizing the important role that music can play in the education of young children, ABCmouse.com incorporates songs and instrumental accompaniment in many of the site’s hundreds of online individual learning activities in the subjects of reading, math, beginning science, social studies, and the arts. Additionally, all of ABCmouse.com’s innovative mobile apps feature original instrumental music or songs that are both educational and entertaining.
ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy’s educational advisors include Dr. Rebecca Palacios, pre-k and kindergarten teacher for more than 25 years and a founding director and past vicechairperson of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Dr. Palacios noted, “Music can be a very powerful teaching tool for young children. The Letter Songs A to Z album will not only teach children about patterns of music but will also familiarize them with patterns of sounds and words, such as rhyming words and words that start with the same letter. Even children who already know the alphabet can benefit from this as well as from the opportunity to learn many new vocabulary words. I believe this album could have a very significant positive impact on improving basic literacy skills for young learners and even more so for children who live in families in which English is not the first language spoken.”
The Letter Songs A to Z album is available through iTunes, along with other ABCmouse.com’s mobile apps including interactive books and educational games. The complete The Letter Songs A to Z album is priced at $9.99, while individual songs are available for $.99.