GLENDALE, Calif., January 21, 2016 – Today Age of Learning, Inc., announced a significant expansion of its award-winning ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy: the addition of a comprehensive supplementary 1st grade curriculum with more than 2,000 new learning activities and a new 1st grade classroom experience. ABCmouse is used by millions of children at home, in more than 60,000 U.S. classrooms, and in more than 25% of all U.S. public libraries. Recognized as the No. 1 digital learning resource for children ages 2–7, ABCmouse is regularly ranked as a leading children's learning iPad, iPhone, and Android app in both Kids and Education categories; to date, children have completed more than 1.5 billion ABCmouse learning activities. With this new launch, ABCmouse now offers more than 650 lessons and 7,000 standards-based activities.
The enhanced ABCmouse curriculum was developed in close collaboration with the company’s Curriculum Board of nationally recognized educators and experts in language development, child development, early learning and primary grades curriculum and instruction, and publishing. The 180 new 1st grade lessons comprise two new levels (7 and 8) of the Step-by-Step Learning Path™ and cover five academic subjects: English language arts, math, social studies, science, and health. Tailored specifically to align with state curriculum standards and the learning needs and interests of 1st graders, the engaging content features hundreds of new fiction and nonfiction books, a set of 50 stepped readers, and an all-new series of learning videos starring a cast of fascinating and fun animated characters.
"Since the launch of ABCmouse, parents and teachers have eagerly asked us when the product would be expanding beyond kindergarten,” said Age of Learning founder and CEO Doug Dohring. "While the release of 1st grade content is a significant achievement in itself, it is just the latest step in our ongoing development of ABCmouse and a continuation of our mission to help all children learn. We are delighted that so many more young learners will now have the opportunity to build a strong foundation for their future academic success.”
“The ABCmouse 1st grade curriculum is bursting with rich activities that will keep children deeply engaged in and excited about learning,” explained Kimberly Oliver Burnim, a National Teacher of the Year recipient, National Board Certified Teacher, and Curriculum Board member at Age of Learning. “It is an ideal resource for teachers and parents to help children build essential skills and knowledge for 1st grade.”
Large-scale research studies assessing the effectiveness of ABCmouse.com have concluded that ABCmouse accelerates learning and helps children make significant gains in early literacy and math skills.
Families can visit www.ABCmouse.com, Apple’s iTunes Store, the Google Play Store, or the 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 7,000+ activities, including 1st grade, on all compatible devices: desktop and laptop computers, iPad and Android tablets, and smartphones.
Reflecting the company’s commitment to help all children learn regardless of their circumstances, Age of Learning’s Education Access Initiatives reach millions of children by offering the complete ABCmouse curriculum, including the expanded 1st grade content, at no cost to teachers and community institutions such as libraries, Head Start programs, and community centers.