If you have kids, you've probably been introduced to Jumpstart computer games before. I bought my daughter her first computer game when she was 4 and it was Jumpstart Kindergarten. Now at 14, she has fond memories of the fun she had playing it. We've owned many of the Jumpstart titles though the last 10 years and when Mom Central gave me the opportunity to review this new software, Jumpstart World: 1st Grade, offered by Knowledge Adventure, I jumped at it!
I used 2 different kids to test out this game. The first was my son (8 and in 2nd grade) and the other was my niece (4.9 years and in pre-k). The kids and I all loved it!
My son enjoyed the games and missions, I noticed him paying close attention to things that he's started to take for granted that he already knows and it was a fun way for him to have concepts and skills he already has reinforced. At least once a day he asks about playing Jumpstart World so he can finish all the missions. Once he finishes all the missions offered on the cd, we'll move on to the subscription packets offered. As he played, I was impressed by the quality of games, graphics and fun that was offered. I also like seeing the pride he felt after completeing the missions and being able to track his progress and mastery of different skills. With all the curriculum changes in schools due to standardized testing numbers, having to cover so much more in each grade than ever before and the fact that teachers are human and don't always catch or have extra time when a child has a basic idea of a concept, but needs more practice for it to be ingrained in them. This software helps with that and most kids don't even realize they are learning!
My niece and I played Jumpstart World on Thanksgiving (and she played more with my daughter and son last weekend) and although it's above her grade level, she had a blast! She took her time on the games and missions she tried, didn't get discouraged by wrong answers because she knew she could try it again and shocked her parents when they saw just how much she already knows in the progress report. I always bought the next level up for my own kids (ex: in 1st grade, I bought the 2nd grade Jumpstart for my daughter) and they've always enjoyed playing from the beginning when it was challenging until long after they moved on to the next levels. I see the Jumpstart World software continuing to support that practice.