I know that Jump Start has been around for a while. I remember it when I was in college. I’m not that old so a long time to me might not be a long time to you. I’m still shocked by how long I’ve been out of school though.
About the Company:
For more than 15 years, Knowledge Adventure has set the standard in kid’s software by creating the finest educational products for use in the home and the classroom. In addition to our CD games, we’ve launched a beta version of our first browser-based virtual world at www.JumpStart.com (see attachment for details). Kids can create avatars called Jumpeez for themselves and explore magical worlds, discovering and unlocking games, videos, and storybooks that teach everything from math to reading. Over the next year, we will continue to add more features, portals and learning games to this site. I encourage you to check it out at www.JumpStart.com
Jump Start contacted me and asked me to do a review of their software and website. They have also offered a giveaway.
Jumpstart.com is now live and reaches children ages 3 to 10. Through the games and activities that they offer children can learn math, reading, colors and shapes. Along with these, they can work on cognitive learning and logical development. They also sent me a CD in addition to the on-line game play.
You must have a high speed internet connection to even install the game Trouble in town. This is an unusual installation but it still processed quickly and relatively painless. You have to create a log in. This log in will allow you to keep tabs on your child’s progress. I found the puzzles to be addicting and the graphics to be right on target for the audience. I had to force myself to put the game down to write the review.
The problems are simple enough and will encourage learning. I forget sometimes how much a child wants to learn and that learning can be fun. I feel, if your children are going to have screen time, TV or computer it should be semi-educational and lots of fun. All learning through is going to take re-enforcement from parents. That’s just my opinion.
The on-line version is available anywhere on anyone’s computer. You can play all kinds of games and they will be adding new things all the time. It’s all a learning experience. There are the following things to do:
ranking and economy
Children earn rewards as they finish each mission. Players can visit the Hall of Fame to see how they rank against the top JumpStart players worldwide. As kids progress through the JumpStart games and pass major learning milestones, the will see their status change.
In addition, players are rewarded for completing learning games with coins. These coins allow kids to purchase limited edition virtual items like avatar clothing or house decorations to customize their world. Not only does this new coin-based economy encourage kids to succeed at learning games, it also teaches valuable lessons about money. The list of items available for purchase will soon expand to include pets, accessories and other exciting extras.
With the brand-new JumpStart News Stand open for business, players at JumpStart.com will now have access to exciting information about the latest happenings in the online world at their fingertips. A quick visit with Eddie Mulligan, the trusty tortoise who is on duty at the stand, will give kids insight into exciting events, new games, upcoming releases and areas of the world that are waiting to be discovered.
Secret surprises have been stashed all around the JumpStart Virtual World for the most adventurous of players to find. As kids play games and explore the vibrant 3D landscape, they will find swirling teleport holes, piles of coins and hidden treasure chests. These exciting extras will allow kids to access hidden places and purchase limited-edition extras for their avatars. The hidden prizes will not stay in the same spots for long, so kids will always have something new to explore!
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