We were recently invited by JumpStart to try out their online educational games and post a review. You know us, if we can try something out and post our opinion, we are all for it. Before we begin our review, let’s get a little background on JumpStart and what they have to offer.
Knowledge Adventure is the leader in adventure-based 3D virtual worlds for children ages 3 to 10 with their JumpStart and Math Blaster products, kids learn through playing games. They blend learning with entertainment, and who doesn’t like to have fun and learn at the same time? Knowledge Adventure has been setting the standard in kid’s software for more than 15 years by creating the finest educational products to use at home and in the classroom.
In addition to the products that are sold within major retail stores, they have recently launched their first web-based virtual world JumpStart. There are different sections to JumpStart, even a section for parents! In the parents section is there is monthly newsletter that you can sign up for call JumpStart Times, which touches on issues that are important to parents. Within the account management section, there are downloadable products.
There are 5 different areas you can go to for playing. The neighborhood, Beach, Petland, Jungle, and The Town. In each area, you have different types of learning going on. You are learning everything from Letters and numbers, counting, matching, sorting, and more, all of which are done by listening and following the directions for each activity.
Here is what we think!
We decided to take this to a new level in our review. Since I only have a 3-1/2-year-old son, I decided we wouldn’t be able to get much “Review” from a kids perspective, so we’ve included the help of others in this review.
For the first review, we have Kati, 7, who loved Pet World the best, which isn’t surprising since she loves all kinds of animals.
Next, we had Alexa, 8, who really enjoyed the different styles, hairdo’s, etc, while making her Avatar. Once she decided upon her “gal” she liked the Town Square the best.
Then there was Vanessa, 11, who enjoyed the beach, but found she was a bit more advanced for the JumpStart site, which isn’t surprising since it’s designed for kids ages 3-10, but we wanted her perspective too (because all kids matter).
Now for the last child, Thaddeus, 3-1/2, I couldn’t tear him away from the computer! He LOVED it all. Which isn’t surprising at all since he loves playing on the computer. Bad thing is now I have to fight with him to get on my computer for classes and other things I need it for! Guess it’s time to get him a computer of his own!
To become a member of JumpStart the cost is only $7.99 a month. They also offer a non-membership registration, but you have very limited access. Try it out for a month, what do you have to lose?
Disclosure: I would like to thank Knowledge Adventure for providing us with a free trial membership for the purpose of this review. All opinions are that of my own.