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This attractively animated, low-priced program offers spelling drills for kids ranging from preschool through 3rd grade, in the context of an adventure story.
JumpStart Spelling commences as CJ the frog and his loyal companion Edison, an Irish idiom spouting firefly, search the jungle for the fossil remains of CJís ancient ancestors. Suddenly a Tyrannosaurus Rex bellows and Edison is blown across the jungle. There, he is captured by a family of cave people who have recently grasped the concept of fire, and believe that Edisonís luminescence is it. CJ must brave the jungle hazards to find his companion, and he needs help!
The JumpStart lineís "Adaptive Learning Technology" allows the program to automatically adjust the level of play to match the proficiency of the user. Thus, whether a child is having difficulty with a particular task or finding it too easy, the program self-corrects, ostensibly avoiding user frustration.
Knowledge Adventure explains that the limited variety of activities in this program is a result of their desire to offer a very low-cost program ($9.95 suggested retail price), while reinforcing specific skills.
Parents of younger reviewers seemed less bothered by the simplicity of the task-related part of the program: "My five year-old prefers to do the same activity over and over," related one mother, "she feels overwhelmed by too many different games."
PC: Windows 95 or later, 486DX2/66 or faster cpu, 15 MB available hard drive space, 16 MB RAM, SVGA 256 color graphics adapter, Quad-speed or faster CD-ROM, MPC-compatible sound card.return to top of page
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