Saturday, September 3, 2011

Jump Start Review and Giveaway!!

When Knowledge Adventure emailed me to ask if we would be interested in having a look around the Jump Start Virtual World program I knew that B would be into it.

We own and have used a variety of Knowledge Central Software items in our home over the years. The lower levels of Math Blaster and the Jump Start Kindergarten and Preschool software titles are often pulled down from our shelves. 





Winter Wonderland - Map


However Jump Start, in this browser based format, is a gigantic virtual world and I mean gigantic. This really took some time for us to get our heads around too be honest.

The first time we logged on was spent the entire time just pimping and preening our Jumpeez (the avatar which travels within the virtual world).

I reminded B that this was definitely a game to enjoy but it did also have educational components in fact, along with the help of their Jumpeez the kids explore magical worlds, discovering and unlocking games, videos and storybooks that teach everything from math to reading.

The next time he jumped on I left him to explore for a while, on my return he had spent the entire time just cruising around all of the virtual worlds, finding the odd fun thing to do here and there. Seeking out the educational content wasn't as easy as I had first thought it would be though.

Alot of time could be wasted simply larking around, however, this is a game, a virtual world, that also offers an educational component. It is a supplemental program and it certainly contains an enormous amount of things to do within it.




Poseidon's Hangout - Entrance



In JumpStart, there are many places to explore once you launch the game. The first is an area called StoryLand, aimed at 3-5 year olds. Children can also explore AdventureLand and MarineLand, designed for kids in kindergarten to second grade. Children in 3rd to 5th grade will love FutureLand, and the Enchanted Sanctuary is loads of fun, where kids can hatch and raise their own dragons!

If you like the idea of a virtual world hangout for your kids but are unsure then Jump Start definitely would be a good option to consider. It is fun, which the kids really do enjoy, but you also have the satisfaction of knowing that they will be completing educational games at the same time and often without them even knowing it. You gotta love that!

Visit Jump Start to fnd out more.

To keep parents updated Jump Start also maintain a Blog, it features tips for using the program, new releases into the virtual world and a whole lot more.

Now for the Giveaway!

Knowledge Adventure have offered one of my readers the opportunity to win 3 Months access to the Jump Start Virtual World. (this is a browser based subscription, no physical product will be sent)

  • To enter simply leave me a comment explaining why you would like your child/ren to enjoy learning through a virtual world program like Jump Start.

  • For one optional extra entry facebook or tweet about this giveaway, you must leave a seperate comment letting me know you have done that.

Giveaway Information 

  • This giveaway will close Saturday 10th September Midnight Australian EST . The winner will be announced within 48 hours.
  • Only comments left on this post are eligible and be sure to include a way for me to contact you in your comments otherwise another winner will be drawn.
  • Be sure to leave a seperate comment for each entry option.
  • Winner will be chosen at random. All international entries accepted.
  • Winner will be given 49 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn.

Disclosure: I was provided with a membership good for Math Blaster and Knowledge Adventure at no cost by Knowledge Adventure in order to test the products’ abilities and give my own personal opinions on it. The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but were not influenced by the company or the free product provided.

14 comments:

mariann said...

Our triplets absolutely love the Jumpstart computer programs. They giggle the entire time they are learning!!! You got to love that!!

mariann said...

I am sharing your page giveaway with all of my friends and family on Facebook!!

The Homeschool Den said...

Hi Kylie,

I would love to win this subscription to Jump Start's Virtual World. It sounds like a lot of fun with that educational component that parents like too. I bet my kids would really enjoy this. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

Liesl at http://thehomeschoolden.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Hi Kylie

Dd8 learns best with games, and this one looks really interesting!

Thanks,
Karen
lovenlearning@yahoo.com

Inoureyes said...

Im sure my kids would love to get into this. Looking into it now and would love to be entered into the giveaway. Thanks Kylie!

Tracy said...

HI Kylie!
I read this review with alot of interest because I was also contacted to give a review, but declined due to lack of time. I did visit the site prior to my decision and got lost in all the graphics and was unsure how the program worked. But, your review was great and helped me understand the program a little better. I am not interested in entering the giveaway. I just wanted to stop in and say Hi! Hope you are having a blessed school year!

NW Homesteader said...

My 3 year old so desperately wants to play a computer game but doesn't quite have the skills for the online games yet. I have looked at jumpstart before and I think she would have a blast with it!
alklong at hotmail dot com

Lindsey said...

We've been playing around with this today and my daughter (3) loves it! The educational games are awesome. The monkey number game is her favorite so far. I would love to win a membership. :)

ladyufshalott at yahoo dot com

Lindsey said...

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Sound Schooling said...

My boys would love this and we would love to win!

Sound Schooling said...

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Jen's Busy Days said...

This sounds like a good game for my boys to play together despite all their different ages. Do you think it would suit multiple ages at once? They all hover when there are games to play.

Could I enter your giveaway?

Thanks
Jen in NSW

Rebekah said...

I like the competitiveness of games in learning for boys. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

The Activity Mom said...

B loves everything Jumpstart and we aren't members of the virtual world anymore. Would love to win!

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