JumpStart Preschool Magic of Learning

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Prepositions, Colors, Sorting, Directions, Counting, Phonics, Numbers, Letters

What we like best:

With 15 different educational games, there’s little room for boredom.

What you should know:

The reading segment isn’t as interesting as it could be—there aren’t any moving features or visual cues to indicate which words are being spoken, and the pictures aren’t overly engaging.
Full Review:

Kindergarten readiness is all the rage these days, so if you’re looking for a way to give kids a jumpstart on learning, this veritable “preschool in your pocket” is for you.

JumpStart Preschool covers a wide range of critical early-learning concepts, from letters and phonics to counting and colors. The app’s main strength is the way it combines multiple learning opportunities into almost every game. A puzzle isn’t just a puzzle; it’s a letter, and once the puzzle is completed, the voiceover emphasizes phonics and the letter name. Picking out a path to a present using instructions such as left, right, above and below lets preschoolers practice directions in a fun and engaging way.

While the variety of skills covered is this app’s high point, the wide selection may emphasize quantity over quality. Some of the games aren’t as developed as they could be—the reading game would benefit from more interaction, and a game about food sizes needs clearer graphics. Another note: if you’re looking for quiet entertainment, this is not the way to go. The directions are spoken aloud and there’s no convenient function to mute the music—which can become annoying.

Reviewed 2012-10-11 on iPad iOS6 by Tia Benjamin

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