Confession Time. Living in my house here in Suburbia are three complete and utter computer geeks. Hubby, SweetGirl (age 7) and BlueEyes (10) are all skill full little computer geniuses. They are dragging me behind with them into the modern age.
So when I received an invite from the people at JumpStart to see if I would be interested in reviewing their JumpStart Virtual 3D World, a virtual world of educational games aimed at children ages 3-10, this house was all kinds of excited! They like the games part..I’m after the education.
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.
I am here to tell you JumpStart.com opens up a 3D virtual world of learning like no other.
Grab a coffee and let me tell you about our experience!
In case you don’t know, I’m the typical overprotective Mom and also like to pretend I’m in charge. Quickly I decided I would be the one to get us all signed up. Let me assure you sign-up, installation, a complete breeze. Simple, clear, 1 step at a time instructions. Easy Peasy.
Each member of my family took their turn creating their own name and signed up under my account. Now each person has their own game and can play at their own speed. Perfect. No fighting that BlueEyes played ahead of her sister or in our case that Hubby finished the games and mastered the skills without me!
Once inside this beautiful 3D world you are invited to create your own avatar. We truly all got a kick creating our own “Jumpee” to use in the JumpStart World. ModernMom aka Lily Starbolt is pretty darn cute in her fashion forward pink mini skirt and and flower in her hair. Funny how I went for a look so similar to my 7 year old daughters. We are so much alike it’s scary!
Avatars finished and dressed to our satisfaction it is time to enter the virtual world and get our game on. Fortunately for me you are not just thrown in. You are provided with a handy map to show you around and great little training opportunities so you know how to work your Jumpee. Training completed we moved on over to what ended up being our favorite place. Adventureland!
Oh how we all loved Adventure Land!
Some things I heard while my kids were playing this newest game:
Wow Mom this is so cool.
No stop Mom look where this takes you.
OH the Math game is so much fun. (Yes..I said Math. Fun.)
BlueEyes, Do you think this is a verb or a noun?
Can I please play for just 5 more minutes??
Some things we loved about JumpStart.com
I am a Mom who believes you can’t be too careful when it comes to Internet safety.
I am probably also one who is too strict when it comes to what my kids play and what they watch. I felt completely at ease with my two girls exploring the JumpStart world.
It is a safe controlled environment. You don’t have to worry about your little one accidentally skipping into inappropriate content on the web.
We loved the personalized Jumpees.
The 3D graphics. Fabulous.
The fact that my kids were learning while they were playing and begging for more computer time. Tricky right?
The different levels of math/reading skills. My girls were truly able to work at their own pace and at levels appropriate to their skill level and learning style.
One tip, it is easier to navigate through this fantastic 3D world if you are set up with a mouse.
My family was thrilled to get the opportunity to play through the JumpStart games and loved playing reviewer!
In summary, not only would I recommend the on-line version of this game but I would and will be purchasing the CD Rom version as gifts for friends. The CD ROM version is more Grade Specific and provides the parents the opportunity to receive e-mail updates on your child’s progress! Seriously. How cool is that?
Now to the GIVEAWAY!!
The lovely people over at JumpStart.com have generously offered one lucky reader a three month membership to their amazing site. It’s an all access pass opening up this incredible 3D educational world to your little one. You won’t be disappointed.
No restrictions, this is open to everyone!
1) Leave me some comment love and let me know you are a follower. Don’t follow? It’s not to late! I love new followers!
2)Leave me a comment let me know you have my button or that you just grabbed it!
3)Blog about my giveaway over at your place and then tell me all about it. Flattery will get you everywhere my friends. Telling your friends to come on over here to check out my giveaway will earn you 2 entries.
4)Jump on over to JumpStart.com and take a look at their website. What do you see over there that you think your child, niece, nephew, friend might find appealing? or What did you learn about JumpStart? That’s one more entry my friends.
*Please make a separate comment for each entry.
Giveaway will close on Tuesday August 11, 2009.