What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that JumpStart Preschool Magic of Learning 1 is an educational app from the well-known early education organization Knowledge Adventures. This app -- the company's first -- offers four different types of games. Bug Catcher focuses on color, shape, and number recognition. Present Search teaches children to listen closely and follow instructions. Matching Duckies is a memory game that uncovers a picture (which comes with a safety or educational message). And Barnyard Fun helps kids identify uppercase and lowercase letters.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
- applying information
Engagement, Approach, Support
The games are challenging, but not too difficult and are full of learning opportunities for young children. While geared toward younger users, a few of the games might even appeal to slightly older children.
Recognition of colors,shapes, number and letters (but not letter sounds) is the focus. The types of skills that kids develop are in line with good early childhood development.
The games themeselves are thoroughly explained for children and generally easy to follow.
What's it about?
Kids choose from 15 mini-games, each with a specific educational focus and guided by Frankie the Dog (who appears in other JumpStart titles). In Bug Catcher, for example, kids practice color, number, and shape recognition as they search for bugs. The 15 mini-games cover 10 preschool skill areas. Along the way, kids get positive feedback and earn "Jump Stars," although they cannot do anything with the stars they earn.
Is it any good?
Knowledge Adventure has a strong reputation as a kid's software creator for a reason. Through the JumpStart brand, the company has honed learning exercises into fun games - and the JumpStart Preschool Magic of Learning 1 proudly continues that tradition. The games are challenging, but not too difficult and are full of educational opportunities for young children. While geared toward younger users, a few of the games -- especially Bug Catcher -- might even appeal to slightly older children.
Families can talk about...
Offer your kid small manipulatives such as pennies and guide them as they practice counting.
Create your own game modeled after Present Search by hiding an object and using directional words (below, above, right, left) to help your kid find it.