Sunday, August 15, 2010
Revisiting JumpStart... Review & Giveaway
It's been a little over a year since I first was introduced to Jump Start online. In the past, when my son was smaller, I purchased the CD's for him and we would play on the computer for hours. I have to say, it really helped him to focus and learn-with ADHD, it wasn't always easy getting him to sit still.
Now, it is my daughter's turn. Unfortunately, with my laptop out of commission and a virus that was persisting for several weeks (I THINK I finally managed to take it off my computer without taking it to the shop)this review and giveaway got off to a rather late start. She started playing online last year, and since then so much has been added!
I love Jump Start because I am able to monitor my daughter's progress-and see exactly what she needs extra help on. With the summer months flying by, she'll be starting 3rd grade at the beginning of September. Keeping her mind active and making sure she still retained what she learned last year was definitely important. With Jump Start, I was able to let her have fun while learning. I don't worry about her safety online when she is on the Jump Start site because I know that my daughter is safe, and happily learning math, reading and critical thinking skills while playing in their 3D virtual worlds. Full of adventure, and lots of fun- your Jumpee (character you create) can interact with dragons, and even Pegasus! My daughter loved hatching her dragons from eggs in the hatchery and watching her dragons grow by playing with them, and interacting with them. By playing games, she earns virtual money (Jumpstart coins) to buy clothes and goods for her dragons. She also enjoys the scavenger hunts, and loves it when she finds what she needs to quickly.
I can tell you that this web site has kept her very occupied at times, she's been spending lots of time with Grandma (who has no internet access) this summer and has been so upset that she can't play while she is at Grandma's. There are however, worlds that you can download right to your computer and play them anywhere. I haven't had the chance to get that done yet, but am planning on doing it this week. She got her older brother's laptop-and I have been removing some of the stuff he had on the PC since it really isn't appropriate for younger eyes. (no, not THAT kind of stuff, but rap videos etc...)
If you hurry, you can even enter their contest for 1000 Jumpstart Coins-and seeing your creation become JumpStart's newest Mythie-have your little one draw a mythical creature and send it in by September 1st. Their artwork just might come to life in the 3D virtual world! That's pretty exciting, Deja definitely thinks so! Entry form and more info can be found on their blog here. A great way to keep in touch with what is going on in the world of Jump Start is by checking out their blog.
Guess what! I've got a 6 month JumpStart full access account giveaway up for grabs! Even with back to school in full swing, it's a great way to keep your child learning while having fun. If your child enjoys JumpStart as much as mine does, I can guarantee they are in for a fun time and you will also enjoy watching them play and learn. (shhh... I even enjoyed the scavenger hunts with my daughter)
Giveaway starts today and ends Sept. 6th at 11:59 PM EST. Open to US residents. Winner selected by Random.org and will be emailed. Please leave a way to contact you in your comment or profile. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email before I choose another winner. Good luck!
If you would like to win the 6 month membership-here's what you need to do:
First MANDATORY Entry- Head over to the JumpStart site and tell me one of the awards they have gotten.
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Disclosure: I was provided with a JumpStart membership 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.