ABCmouse Review & Everything You Need to Know Before Purchasing
If you are considering ABCmouse for your child, I've done extensive research for you so that you can decide if it's for you! Check out my ABCmouse review below and feel free to leave a comment if you have any further info for us.
One of the most popular learning programs, ABCmouse is well-known by parents all over and many, many kids have really benefitted from it. There are lots of options out there, though, so you are smart to do a little bit of research.
I've taken the time and really dug into the ins and outs of this app for you, as a mom, and as a former teacher and I'm happy to share all that I've learned with you so that you can make a great choice!
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ABCmouse: More than 850 Lessons Across 10 Levels
The Step-by-Step Learning Path presents the full ABCmouse.com curriculum in a carefully designed program of more than 850 lessons in ten levels. As your child completes each lesson, he or she is guided to the next one and is motivated to continue learning by ABCmouse.com’s Tickets and Rewards System.
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Just as an FYI before I get into my review below, these are the three programs from the same company in case you are curious to try them out. The first is of course the well-known ABCmouse, then you have Adventure Academy, and also you can check out ReadingIQ.
ABCmouse Reviews - Whenever I purchase something new for myself or my family, I ALWAYS check out any online reviews I can find. Usually Amazon has a ton of reviews for just about anything, and I always like to check out Common Sense reviews, plus I go and ask all the MOMs in the Facebook boards I frequent.
So, here's what I found for each:
-ABCmouse Reviews on Amazon:
Yes, you can purchase the app through Amazon! (You can get anything from Amazon, right?). From the over 5100 reviews (the last time I checked), 63% of the reviews are 5 stars.
Here is one of the best positive reviews: "Fun way to keep my son’s skills active and engaged over the summer. Very pleased with this app. Great value.".
After reading as many of the bad reviews, I gathered that the majority of them came from folks who do not understand how a subscription service works (some who wanted a refund after months of using it!), some bad reviews came from problems with connection, and others whose child just didn't take to it.
Some of the earlier reviews had lots of complaints about parents not being able to easily or successfully cancel their subscription, but I'll also note that those type comments aren't very common in the most recent reviews, so perhaps they have fixed that.
If you would like to see the full page of Amazon reviews for ABCmouse, you can check that out here.
-ABCmouse Reviews from Common Sense Media
I love Common Sense Media because I've had great luck in finding out what movies, tv shows and games are at least appropriate for my kiddos.
You can get separate reviews from the kids, and then from the parents.
The Common Sense Media reviews for ABCmouse were somewhat ambiguous, in my opinion. In summary, the good mentioned was in the content (particularly positive comments for the ReadingIQ), and the fact that ads are not shown in the child area of the app.
The negative mentioned was in the "busyness" of the program - being too much for little ones, and that the rewarding is by letting kids go shopping to buy items in the game. Personally, I don't have a problem with either of these points, though! My kids get bored easily, and having more to do in an app just makes it that much better (and will last longer in my house!)
-ABCmouse Reviews from Facebook Mom group boards
Here's what the moms have to say from Facebook. On one thread, the question was posed, "Is ABCmouse worth the money?
Out of the 158 responses, lots of moms said their child loved it - several preferred Homer &/or Reading Eggs, but many said it was worthwhile for their family, primarily for younger children or struggling readers.
To note, this thread was created in June 2019 and no one mentioned having trouble unsubscribing.
To give you a little more insight, check out this ABC mouse video:
ABCmouse Reviews BBB (Better Business Bureau)
So me being a bit fanatical about checking out all the reviews I can find before buying I even checked out the BBB for you. Keep in mind that all you're really going to find there is what's been reported as negative toward a company. You aren't going to hear what is good, so know that.
I was prepared with an open mind, and I feel pretty good about ABCmouse after reading all the complaints I could.
Of the complaints listed toward ABCmouse, most were resolved and all I could see had at least been attempted to be resolved by the company (Age of Learning).
Also, it seemed to me that many customers just don't understand automatic billing. I know it's frustrating, but if you sign up for something that is clearly stated to automatically take out from your account or credit card at the next billing period, that is what you should expect.
You can check out for yourself this report here.
It's a fun little app! There are a TON of things for kids to do in the program, and for kids today, that's a good thing.
Here is a screenshot of the home screen. You can see the options listed. There are fun places to go, like the Zoo area. the Classroom, or the Farm. There are also extra activities and other fun things to choose from.
Here's one of the areas your child can go to from the Home Screen: The Learning Path, which keeps your child moving along the path on their level.
In the Farm area (below), there are lots of places to visit and do activities!
Although I'm only showing you a few screenshots of the many activities available on ABCmouse, here's one I thought was really fun. Puzzles at different levels of difficulty. Easy to maneuver and good for kids!
And here is a pic of the "Classroom" in ABCmouse. Lots of potential learning and fun activities for kids to find on this screen:
ABCmouse Teacher Reviews
I'm giving you the rundown on what I've learned in the teacher Facebook groups I'm a part of.
In general, teachers like ABCmouse and recommend it.
The comments I read are mostly positive, as long as a parent is not FORCING their young one to spend a certain amount of time on it a day. If you are a teacher or parent on Facebook or just in the know, you'll realize how much of our youngest children's learning is being (or should be) directed towards PLAY.
For this reason, teachers recommend it as a tool for kids to learn through enjoyment.
Also, teachers love it because they can sign themselves and their classrooms up for FREE! Woot!
ABCmouse Coupon - Most recent coupons & deals
Here are the current deals that are going on for ABCmouse. There is the Two Years deal for $99 and also the awesome 2 Month Sale for $5. If you are planning to do the Free month but just aren't sure if 30 days is enough time to know if you like the app or not, the $5 deal might really be a great option!
I've also read and heard of parents who have found good deals for ABCmouse on Groupon. So you could check that out too!
ABCmouse Free - How to get it!
If it's free - it's for me! If you feel the same, check out these FREE ways to use ABCmouse.
First, as I've mentioned above, you can get the first 30 days free with the trial. If you do this, if you decide not to continue, make sure you decide and cancel if needed BEFORE you get billed for the next billing cycle.
Next, if you are a teacher, you can sign up to get it free AND free for your classroom!
And - of course, if you are not a teacher, you can always ask you child's teacher or school if they have an an account.
Another idea - and I don't know if it will work or not, but try asking your local library if they have an ABCmouse account for members. Maybe they will and you can sign on!
ABCmouse FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Here are a few questions that I see commonly asked about ABCmouse on the internet, and the best answers I've found:
Yes, the ABCmouse app can be used across many different personal devices, plus your desktop for the full ABCmouse.
Most children using the app or finding the app fun and interesting will be between the ages of 2-6.
Aside from the 30 day free trial, ABCmouse is a subscription billing at $9.95. They frequently have discounts that you can check on their homepage at abcmouse.com
ABCmouse can help in the instruction of reading by helping children practice letter sounds and putting them together to form words after they have already been taught.
So - Is ABCmouse worth it?
Definitely a great little program for your young learner. I loved it for my kids. It has pros and cons, as they all do, but it's worth a look for your collection of learning tools.
If nothing else, I'd definitely say it's worth it for the free trial!
If you have had ABCmouse for your kids, let me know in the comments what your experience was like!
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