*UPDATE: Due to the overwhelming number of bad experiences and poor customer service at ABC Mouse in the past year, we do NOT recommend signing up for this service. We suggest that you don’t even sign up for the free trial and skip it all together. Related news: read the comments under this post. Enough said.
If your children watch Sprout or Disney Junior or, even, Nick Junior, it’s likely that they and you have seen those “inspiring” commercials by the online, educational training program called ABC Mouse Early Learning Academy.
In case you haven’t heard of ABC Mouse or you have the ability to tune out incessant commercials on children’s channels, then let me tell you the gist of the program. Its curriculum is geared towards children between the ages of 2 – 6, or from preschool to kindergarten. The curriculum is offered in six levels and includes subjects such as, math, art and colors, science, music, and reading.
It was designed by early childhood education experts and was designed to encourage children to want to learn through a good mix of fun games, puzzles, printable coloring pages and more “hardcore” lessons on counting, writing, and more. The lessons and activities are presented via a preselected “learning path” that you, as the parent, control. Your child is given an avatar and tickets that they can use towards cool prizes as they progress through the program.
There are tons of ABC Mouse reviews online, so I will spare you with too much of what you can learn elsewhere and say what my experiences have been in using the program with my now three-year old.
What I Like
Okay, so let’s start with the good stuff. I like ABC Mouse because its membership options are affordable. I was able to try ABC Mouse on a 30-day trial basis for free. Otherwise, monthly memberships are around $7.95. While annual memberships are around $80 dollars or so. Along with being affordable, I like that I can truly customize my child’s experience using the program. I also like that my child feels like she is customizing her experience in the program as well. My daughter had a blast picking out her avatar. She also enjoys choosing prizes and being able to pick out which activities to do within the program. I also like that along with doing the nitty gritty of educational lessons, there are games and other fun freebies throughout.
What I Don’t Like
There is a lot to love about ABC Mouse, but there were a few things about the program that I don’t like as much. First, although there are hundreds of activities on the program and the experience that you get through ABC Mouse can probably not be recreated on your own, a lot of what is covered can be found online for free. Also, and this isn’t a disadvantage, just something to be aware of, while ABC Mouse is extremely user-friendly, your child will likely need your help going through the lessons. I never realized, until this program, just how much coordination and thought must go into doing basic computer operations like using a mouse or scrolling down a page! So if you’re planning to buy it for your three year old with the expectation that they’ll just go to preschool online while you pay bills in another room, forget about it. They will still need your help. And this is actually a good thing!
Overall, I think ABC Mouse is a wonderful program that can only benefit your child. If you’re on the fence about the program, I would suggest that you sign up for a 30-day free trial. If you do give the program a try, let me know what you think!
Saturday 18th of January 2020
I just signed up for the 30 day Free trial. I hadn't heard anything bad about it so I didn't check it out when I signed up for it. Now I'm sorry for not doing it ?. I can't afford to pay for it if it's not worth it. That's what I get for trying to get something for free. Now I'm going to have to keep an eye on my credit card for the 30 day to make sure that I don't get charged for something that I don't want anymore. Thank you for your help in this matter.
Tuesday 28th of November 2017
Don’t sign up for it AT ALL, you can’t delete your credit card info on the site, they don’t answer calls, they will keep billing you after you cancel and you will have to file a fraud claim with your credit card. Just stay away, I’ve been dealing with their drama for years
Tuesday 21st of February 2017
Horrible customer service.They continue charging me for the Whole year in spite requesting to cancel it.They refused to refund the money . Totally uncoperative no phone to contact.Shame....
Monday 26th of December 2016
I was going to sign up for this program, but I am very unsure due to the reviews. I am a single. mom and can not afford to be charged extra money. I must know how to make sure if I cancel I will not be charged.
Sunday 19th of February 2017
Don't sign up. They are not trustworthy. Still billing me 2 months after. I had to file a dispute at my bank.
Monday 18th of July 2016
I cant believe the response i received from abcmouse after talking to someone about them taking $19.95 for three months out of my account every year (for two years and one month on the third year) even after i cancelled and was bluntly told i could sue or do whatever i wanted to do but i was not getting any refunds. Something needs to be done about this. It is very unethical and dishonest.