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JumpStart Preschool

Knowledge Adventure

Ages 2 to 4

Rating Scale
5 = great,    1 = poor
Educational Value
Kid Appeal
Ease of Use

JumpStart Preschool Screen Shot System Requirements

PC / Mac Price Survey

Product Support

In this bright and colorful preschool program, kids explore a magical schoolhouse alongside a troop of cheerful animal characters. Each of these enthusiastic new friends has a favorite activity to share, from connect the dots, to hide and seek, to ‘color’ bowling. Children can choose to bake lucious (virtual) treats, or tap their feet to the tunes of a player-piano.

Successfully completed activities earn the user tickets to ride the magical train. This train’s destinations are fun-filled kingdoms, where song, music and dance prevail. After visiting each of the kingdoms, a stamp appears in the child’s passport, a reminder of the reward earned for a job well-done.

Educational Value
Jump Start Preschool includes ten skill-based activities that focus on colors, shapes, letters, numbers, quantities, counting, pre-reading, phonics and letter sounds, listening skills, sequencing, similarities and differences and music. In addition to these skills, the animated magical kingdoms touch on seasons, animals, day and night, the calendar and measurement.

Activities are simple and age-appropriate, with 3 difficulty levels to allow for user advancement. If a child is stuck on a particular skill, and fails to complete an activity correctly, the tutorial option automatically opens on-screen providing a narrated explanation of the difficult concept. In addition, complete information concerning the child’s use history and success rate is available in the "Progress Report."

Kid Appeal
The activities included in this program are learning based, age-appropriate, and well-done. They are not, however, what makes this program a standout. It is the magical kingdoms visited as rewards that appeal to young learners and make them clamor for more. These worlds feature catchy tunes, familiar themes and adorable animations. Best of all, they actually teach as they entertain. "My 2 year-old is enchanted by the Color World," was one SuperKids reviewer’s observation. "The song is so cute, I even find myself singing along!" Another parent reported: "We rush through the activities to earn train tickets. Then it’s off to another ‘tune’ land."

Ease of Use / Install
This program installs without a hitch on Windows 95. Although program navigation is quite simple, young learners will need some parent help with many of the activities.

Best for... / Bottom-Line
Cute characters, amusing activities, and magical worlds filled with music and song make this program a winner in the preschool software category.

See SuperKids' comparisons with other preschool software titles, and the Buyers Guide for current market prices of the PC and Mac versions.

System Requirements
PC: Windows 95, Windows 98, 486DX2/66 MHz or faster cpu, 15 MB hard drive space, 16 MB RAM, SVGA 256-color graphics adapter, Quad-speed or faster CD-ROM, MPC-compatible sound card.

Mac: System 7.5 or higher, PowerPC processor, 16 MB RAM, 256-color graphics capability, Quad-speed or faster CD-ROM.

Reviewed on:

  • PowerMac 6400/200 with 32MB and 8XCD
  • Pentium166 with 24MB and 12XCD
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