Are you currently looking for fun yet educational and interactive programs for your child? JumpStart.com creates “3-D worlds filled with games and adventures that allow kids to run, swim, and fly through a different quest every day.” Through this online program, children can create characters, play with friends all the while learning and discovering new things. It’s amazing how far technology has come these days for children and computer games.
Madagascar Online is a virtual world within the JumpStart universe. Madagascar basically takes kids into Madagascar-theme fun-filled learning quests and adventures. This is created for kids “ages 5-12 filled with puzzles and educational games that promote and encourage imaginative thinking all while being in a safe and trusted environment.” This is a definite plus when it comes to kids and Internet safety.
My oldest daughter, (9) has loved JumpStart for the past 4 years now. I am amazed by the graphics and details of JumpStart.com. In the beginning, I was a little skeptical because I thought it was like a mini World of War Craft and all of those online games out there that expose kids to violence etc. Upon reviewing ,during the time my daughter was playing, I noticed it really is just a fun 3-D interactive and educational world for kids to get creative and learn.
I like how JumpStart offers free features without signing up like educational printables ranging from math to social studies. To take advantage of the virtual worlds such as Madagascar, you have to sign up for a membership package. The prices aren’t too bad, but it all depends on what package you choose and how much computer time you allow your child. If computer time is very limited, the monthly option is the way to go. The annual package seems on the pricey side to me, but again, I am thinking extra computer time would be in the works for that one. Now the lifetime membership, I don’t know if it’s worth this or not. I have never considered a lifetime option as this seems pretty steep for something we won’t even play every day. We just recently let Sweet Pea’s (9) membership run out as we were letting her try it out. We are considering a monthly membership as a stocking stuffer for her this year. Here are the current membership options:
- Monthly Membership: $8.99 a month
- Annual Membership: $74.99 a year
- Lifetime Membership: $149.99
So as you can see, the monthly option works out to your advantage. You can sign your child up to give it a try for one month for only $8.99 and cancel the membership at anytime. It is refreshing to find safe programs such as this since there are so many out there that seem to just fill our kids minds with nonsense or inappropriate material. One more thing I should mention is the kids get a chance to interact with friends online. As a parent, I would use discretion since you can never be too safe when it comes to interaction with another human being online. This would be a great opportunity to introduce Internet safety to your child especially, when it comes to cyber bullies.
To see what other parents are saying about JumpStart.com and Madagascar Online click here. Through this link you will also see awards that JumpStart.com has won since 2008. Pretty impressive.
Has your child ever tried JumpStart.com and Madagascar Online? What are your thoughts about the interactive program for kids? Does it work as a homeschool supplement or is it simply just educational entertainment? I would love to hear from you.
I received free access to JumpStart.com and Madagascar Online in exchange for this post, however, all opinions expressed here are honest and my own.
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Lindsey Clair is a homeschooling mother of three daughters. She has been married fourteen years to her best friend Ron where he is currently a Solutions Engagement Supervisor for the State of Michigan at UPS. Lindsey possesses a degree in Child Development. She hopes to pursue a degree in Marketing and Advertising in the near future. She is currently a professional blogger and freelance writer for multiple sites and enjoys working from home while homeschooling her children. Lindsey is also a musician. She currently plays the piano and flute and sings. She was formerly the children’s director at her parents church as well as on the praise and worship team. Lindsey and her family are currently in a new transition with another church and waiting on what their next move will be. Lindsey’s hobbies include reading, shopping, blogging, and hanging out with family and friends.