Glendale, Calif., January 10, 2017 – Today, Age of Learning, Inc., announced the launch of a comprehensive 2nd grade curriculum to expand its award-winning ABCmouse.com® Early Learning Academy for children ages 2–8. The expanded curriculum is designed to address the learning needs and interests of 2nd grade students with the goal of preparing them for the critical transition to 3rd grade. To date, more than 10 million children have completed more than 2 billion learning activities on ABCmouse at home, in classrooms, in libraries, and in other community institutions.
The 2nd grade curriculum offers two new levels in the Step-by-Step Learning Path™, providing lessons in five key academic subjects: English language arts, math, social studies, science, and health. ABCmouse now offers more than 8,500 standards-based learning activities and more than 850 lessons.
Designed by a team of learning experts, the 2nd grade curriculum helps children become independent and active readers; apply the five steps of the writing process to produce original essays; develop a solid understanding of fundamental concepts in physical, life, and earth sciences; become familiar with historical, geographic, and cultural aspects of communities, their nation, and the world; and make healthy choices based on an understanding of the systems of the human body.
ABCmouse has expanded its engaging content to address these learning objectives with additional stepped readers spanning the range of second grade reading skills, including 60 new fiction and non-fiction books, many of which offer informational text features. Children can continue to engage with characters they have come to know and love as well as interact with a new cast of inspiring characters, including a superhero quintet called the Write Team and Dr. Deb, a young future doctor who loves to explain how the body works.
"The transition from 2nd to 3rd grade is a critical time in a child's educational journey," said Kimberly Oliver Burnim, a National Teacher of the Year awardee and Curriculum Board member at Age of Learning. "The release of these 2nd grade learning activities on ABCmouse will help children build the strong foundation needed to succeed in 3rd grade and beyond."
Age of Learning regularly partners with independent early education experts to evaluate the effectiveness of ABCmouse. Researchers from leading universities have completed several large-scale research studies with more than 10,000 children globally, including multiple randomized control trials. This growing body of research shows that ABCmouse accelerates learning and helps children make significant gains in early literacy and math skills.
In addition to expanding its curriculum content, Age of Learning is currently developing new products and services to serve schools and districts in the U.S. and globally, and reaching out through its Education Access Initiatives to provide ABCmouse at no cost to more teachers and community institutions such as libraries, public housing facilities, and afterschool programs.
Families can visit www.ABCmouse.com, the Apple iTunes Store, Google Play Store, or Amazon Appstore now to subscribe to ABCmouse ($7.95/month or $79.99/year for up to three children) and have unlimited access to all 8,500+ activities on desktop and laptop computers, iPad and Android tablets, and smartphones. Schools can implement ABCmouse across multiple classrooms or an entire district with an offering that includes professional development for teachers and full home access for students.