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Jump Ahead Starting School (DVD Case)

by Focus Multimedia Ltd
Windows 98 / Me / XP / Vista
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • 16 learning activities
  • 8 sing and learn songs
  • Assessment technology
  • Adjustable difficulty levels
  • Printable workbook

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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 98 / Me / XP / Vista
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B00005N961
  • Release Date: 7 Sep 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,014 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

Starting School, aimed at children of four to five years old, is another first-class CD-ROM in Focus Multimedia's "Children" series, a range of fun and educational titles to entertain and encourage your children to develop important skills through play.

The whole program exploits a child's curiosity by getting Hopsalot the Rabbit and his friends to take part in all sorts of activities using fun, music and games. These all teach essential skills for starting school, and this version (the original having been an award winner) features new graphics, extra phonics and the technology to assess skills.

Children are encouraged to learn the alphabet, phonics, rhymes, word pairs, sentences, visual discrimination, numbers and counting, ordering and sequencing, shapes and colours, time concepts and listening skills. Throughout there are songs to learn and sing, as well as opportunities to earn gold stars as a reward and swap them for a trip to the Zoo. Progress can be monitored and a workbook can be printed out if desired. There is also a pamphlet that has basic technical and installation information, and this should be read before beginning. Obviously help will be needed as the program is aimed at four to five-year-olds, but it is well worth the effort as the rewards are significant. --Susan Naylor

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Customer Reviews

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product 20 Feb 2004
We are fairly new to the Jump Ahead series and got this DVD for our 4 year old daughter, who is 2 terms away from starting at school. She has not used the computer very much before, but leapt straight in with this game and was using it like a pro within minutes! There are many different areas for children to explore, all fun, and all with different learning goals. Parents can check their child's progress in different areas by checking the report card. You can also set the levels of the game to the childs abilities, by getting them to complete a short assessment first. It was simple to install and our daughter really loves it. The main problem is how to get them off your computer.....
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't recommend it highly enough 1 Mar 2007
My 3 year old son loves this game and often asks for it over (I think) less educational games such as Scooby Doo. It encourages the children to learn letters, numbers, as well as letter and number sequence, sorting, patterns, deductive reasoning, time, and lots more all at their own pace. There were sections of the game which my son didn't play when we first got the game but as he has got older he now happily plays all of them and actually wants to do the alphabet race, or counting games, things that if I said lets sit down and practise your alphabet he'd run off laughuing!

Unfortunately he figured out very quickly by watching me how to change the levels on the games himself and sometimes does a level that's too easy for him - I figure he's still enjoying himself and building confidence but if you wanted to use this as a strict learning tool then I would advise only changing the levels after all children are in bed!

Highly recommended software, I am now looking at the Year 1 package for him.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another excellent Jump Ahead Product ! 16 May 2002
By A Customer
With loveable friendly characters your child will be encouraged to explore the classroom jampacked with activities. Music, artwork as well as the more traditional learning subjects such as letters and numbers are taught with songs and action so that your child learns almost without knowing it. My son loves this program and it has given him the confidence to try to use the computer for other tasks as well. All in all this is a brilliant product that will capture and maintain your child's imagination for many months to come. One word of warning though - you might become addicted yourself!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging 3 Sep 2009
Format:CD-ROM|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my 4 year old son and he loves it. It is easy to navigate and understand and the graphics are bright and colourful. He has quite a few computer games, like Reader Rabbit, but this is his favourite.

The games on it are easy to understand and not too difficult to complete. Some children might find some of the games a bit too easy, especially if they already know letter sounds, numbers and shapes and colours. Nevertheless, it still keeps my 4 year old entertained for hours.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starting School 7 Aug 2007
My son enjoyed this cd and it gave him a good head start in school. Its has fun educational games and is very addictive. There are 3 levels of difficulty and they recieve stars for achievement and a picture of an animal. They learn alphabets using sounds, phonics, maths etc...So, its worth the money!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed with Amazon 22 Feb 2012
Format:CD-ROM|Verified Purchase
This item clearly states that it is suitable for Vista. It is not. It is suitable only for Windows98, Me, 2000 and XP as per the back of the CD box.

It does not work on Vista and I will have to return it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starting School cd rom 5 Oct 2011
Format:CD-ROM|Verified Purchase
Seller dispatched this very quickly, and I received it within a couple of days of ordering,. My little one, who has learning difficulties had enjoyed this up to now, and loves the 'Rocket' game and all the noises. Lovely item and a nice introduction to computers at home for little ones..well done xx
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4 Year Old Daughter Loves to Play 28 April 2014
Format:CD-ROM|Verified Purchase
Great Buy - My daughter finds it interesting and keeps her attention. she doesn't realise she is learning, but it has definately helped her!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun for younger age group
Wasn't compatible with my current PC, however managed to install suitable software. A fun game for the younger age groups.
Published 6 months ago by LMG14
2.0 out of 5 stars Uninstalled very quickly
Bought for a 5 year old. Complicated even for me, i could not work out the idea of this, so no good for my 5 year old, we could not get out of the first room, no clues etc, very... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Debs
2.0 out of 5 stars .
Product arrived slightly late, but was notified by email of this delay. Product securely packaged.and arrived withins a week of the original date
Published on 18 Aug 2012 by Beverley
2.0 out of 5 stars poor quality school
after installing this cd the sound and picture quality were quite poor which made it difficult for my son to follow the instructions.
Would not recommend this cd.
Published on 18 Mar 2012 by spursfan
5.0 out of 5 stars very educational
I have this for my 3 year old and it might be basic looking and not all fancy, but it actually does the job really really well. Read more
Published on 18 Feb 2011 by AJZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Starting School
I bought this for my granddaughter two years ago just before she started school. It really helped her and two years on she is the top reader in her class and has read every book... Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2010 by Mrs. Pauline Stephenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
daughter loves this - started when she was four and still playing a year later. recommended
Published on 27 Feb 2010 by Marc Verrall
2.0 out of 5 stars It's a mediocre piece of software...
The learning ideas presented in this software could be good if only they had been properly implemented. Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2009 by H. RODRIGUEZ
1.0 out of 5 stars Do NOT install this software (It corrupts your graphics drivers!)
My laptop graphics drivers were corrupted once I installed this software. I recommend that you DO NOT install this software. Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2008 by Mr. Nick Over
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