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ABCya!

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Fun games site for grades K-5 has lots of learning choices.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can practice their skills at grade levels K-5th in many different subject areas, including math, language, art, typing, and more. Games range from the kindergarten-level Alphabetical Order to first grade Sight Words Bingo or fifth grade Division Drag Race. All subjects and most skills covered are listed in a brief synopsis paragraph on each grade's main page, which also lists all the game categories. ABCya! empowers kids to assess their strengths and weaknesses and play games at the appropriate grade level to match their learning needs.

Positive messages

This site conveys the positive message that learning can be fun and fun games can be educational. Also built into the multiple grade-levels format of this site is the positive message that kids can find content online that is within their emotional and academic readiness levels.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

ABCya! contains ads. There are multiple ads promoting the app versions of the games on the site's main page and about one or two per page within the games. The site indicates that ads and ad sources are vetted for kid-appropriateness. While some ads aren't for kid-related products or services (such as ads for tax programs, cars, or Internet safety sites), no ads with violent or sexual content were observed during this review. If an inappropriate ad slips through, there's an on-site form for parents and teachers to fill out and submit.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that ABCYa! is an educational games website that organizes games by grade level (K-5) and subject categories, including letters, numbers, holiday games, and more. Games include arcade-style games that kids use arrow keys to play, word find games that can be played on screen or printed, racing games that can be played virtually against other players, typing games, and more. Some of the games may require a parent or teacher to read brief instructions, but most -- even for kids in younger grades -- are self-explanatory. The main page is a bit ad heavy. The games include one or two banner ads, vetted for appropriateness, and ads for any app versions of the site's games.

What's it about?

First, students select the appropriate grade level (K-5) from the home page. Then, they choose a category of games: Letters, Numbers, More (Shapes, Patterns, Geometry, Mouse Manipulation, and Art), Holiday, or Just for Fun. Next, kids tap on a game that looks interesting and read the instructions. Some games include grade levels within the game, so kids may need to choose their grade level again. A few games include multiplayer gaming, which requires kids to create a username to play. A passcode can be set on the games so that only kids within the same class or friends who know the passcode can access the same game. Gameplay may include the use of the mouse, arrow keys, keyboard, and printables.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

ABCYA! gives kids the freedom to choose from dozens of safe, educational games categorized in ways that even younger kids can probably begin to conceptualize why certain games are grouped with others. The site creators say they need to include some ads in order to keep the site free for all users, and the ads (other than on the main page), aren't terribly intrusive. Still, the prevalence of ads is the only downside to this otherwise well-organized, fun, and sticky educational gaming website.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about which games your kids like best and why. Help your kids explore other similar games on the site that approach different school subjects in the same gaming style that they enjoy most.

  • Talk to your kid about your family's screen time limits, even for educational game sites.

Website details

Subjects:Math: addition, division, fractions, geometry, multiplication, numbers, patterns, subtraction
Language & Reading: following directions, letter or word recognition, phonics, reading, spelling
Arts: drawing
Social Studies: geography
Skills:Self-Direction: identifying strengths and weaknesses, set objectives
Thinking & Reasoning: deduction, logic, solving puzzles
Genre:Educational
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Paid, Free (Subscribe to use an ad-free version: $6.99/month for access on up to three devices.)

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Kid, 10 years old March 30, 2013

abcya is great

It is a great website with grades 1st through 5th grade. I am 10 and still go on that website.
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Educator and Parent of a 3 year old Written bySinem_tunc August 23, 2016

An educational game website

I'm using this website in my technology lessons for 3 years. Students can play with the featured games or check out the grade levels options. Especially, I use to practice keyboarding skills for students. They like the cup stacking game where they have to type letters to stack and unstack the cups. This game would be a great for students who are still struggling with basic keyboarding. The website also has keyboarding games in order to develop yourself more advanced in keyboarding.

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