According to the website, “JumpStart is an award-winning adventure-based 3D virtual world that is super-personalized, wildly imaginative and really fun, but don't let that fool you - it also teaches math, reading, and critical thinking skills so kids get a real jump start in life.”
On the JumpStart website, children ages 3-10 can begin an exciting adventure through games and other activities. You can sign up for free limited access or purchase memberships (ARV $7.99/monthly; $74.99/yearly), which gives you more games, more learning, and many more benefits!
Before Little Music Man started his JumpStart adventure, we created his avatar via the Jumpee creator, then it was time to start exploring! There are several areas to explore, each geared toward a certain age group. Little Music Man went to explore Storyland, which is aimed at kids 3-5 years old.
In Storyland he played all kinds of games, watched movies, read books, and met many new friends. He loved reading the ABCs book at the library, through which he learned about different objects and heard fun songs about the letters of the alphabet.
JumpStart is not only fun for Little Music Man, but I had fun watching how much he enjoyed singing and counting and identifying objects and letters.
There’s even a JumpStart Blog where parents can get great ideas on other activities to do with children , such as crafts and cooking, that foster every day learning!
We were also fortunate to receive a copy of JumpStart’s 3D Preschool & Kindergarten PC Game (ARV $19.99). There is one CD-Rom for preschoolers and another for kindergartners, and we’ve been trying out the preschooler CD-ROM. The adventures are similar to those on JumpStart.com, and I think it’s just so neat how Little Music Man can earn rewards, take pictures, and decorate his world while learning so much at the same time!
We can’t wait to try out the kindergartners CD-ROM when he’s ready!
Although Little Music Man is on the younger side and often times just randomly hits keys and the mouse to see what happens, he loves it when he meets a new friend or plays a new activity (often times with mommy’s or daddy’s help or guidance). I know as he gets older he’ll be able to explore the JumpStart World on his own and will enjoy it even more.
We still teach Little Music Man things through reading, playing, and other activities, but the technology that is available today to aide in children’s learning is simply amazing, providing hours of educational fun in creative and engaging ways.
We’re so happy to have discovered JumpStart, and I know Little Music Man looks forward to going on new learning adventures in Storyland, and soon Smiley Boy will be going on adventures of his own in the JumpStart World!
Shop: You can purchase JumpStart memberships on the JumpStart website, or at select stores nationwide. You can purchase JumpStart CD Games on the Knowledge Adventure website, or at various other retailers online and nationwide.
Win: One lucky winner will get a 3-month JumpStart membership!
***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***
Congratulations to Marianna!
- To enter, visit JumpStart.com and comment on what membership feature(s) interest you the most.
- You’ll get one extra entry each if you do any of the following (be sure to leave a comment for each “entry”):
1)Blog about this giveaway and link back to Sage and Savvy and JumpStart.com
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4)Follow me on Twitter (leave your Twitter name in your comment)
- The deadline for entries is May 30, 2009, 11:59pm HST.
- If you submitted an eligible entry and it is chosen by random.org as the winner, you will be notified via email on May 31, 2009 (make sure your email address is in your profile or comment) and will have 3 days to accept.
- Valid for US addresses only.
Thank you to JumpStart and Knowledge Adventure for providing the product(s) for review and/or giveaway.
Gem is a Hawaii Mom Blogger who posts reviews and giveaways, and blogs about life in Hawaii as a mom of 3 boys, including one with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. She loves to travel, bake, and eat anything with chocolate.