Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Posted by jinson on 11:22 AM 19 comments

My daughter, Laura,  loves learning anything and everything she can, so every day we have "preschool playtime".  We do crafts, explore outside, do workbook pages, flash cards, and practice basic skills using hands on methods.  So naturally, I was excited to be given the opportunity to review the School Zone  Preschool 2 Pack On-Track Software, which includes 2 programs- Thinking Skills  and  Same or Different.

Thinking Skills

  • Sequencing
  • Matching
  • Classifying
  • Context Clues
  • Size Discrimination

Same or Different

  • Comparing
  • Categorizing
  • Problem Solving
  • Following Directions
  • Hand-Eye Coordination

When our software arrived, Laura was so excited that we put Thinking Skills in and got started right away. It was very simple to install and only took a minute or two, even on my slow computer.  I registered my product and received a free gift for taking the time to do so! I won't spoil the surprise, but I will say that Laura liked it a lot.

After the download was complete, a screen came up with a main menu and instructions that are read out loud.  After hearing the directions, she started playing right away, without needing any extra instruction from me.

The questions are presented in much the same way as those in the workbooks, with the added bonus of helping her develop basic computer skills. After finishing each activity, she received either a star for correct answers or a red check mark for wrong answers.  She loved counting her stars on each page, and let out several excited "Woo Hoo!"s when she got all stars and no checkmarks!

Between the more structured educational pages there are cute little animations, or fun games to play.  Kids can play the games for as long as they want before moving on to the next page.  I thought this was a great idea, since it helps keep kids interested.

When your child has finished the program, they get a printable award.  This was by far Laura's favorite part.

I love this product and would recommend if for anyone with a preschooler, whether you are planning to teach preschool at home or to supplement what your child has learned at preschool.  This would also be a great product for preschool teachers to do with their students.  It is amazing to me how well she did and it held her typically short attention span.

School Zone is also giving one of you the chance to try this with their giveaway, which you can register for Here

Check out their other products (for Pre-K- Grade 6), including their new kids learning tablet- the next thing I want to try from School Zone!

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Disclaimer:  I received this product free to facilitate my review.  All opinions are strictly my own.


  1. It looks like your daughter enjoyed learning with this software. My 3-year old has done quite nicely learning with our tablet, and it's a powerful tool for education.

  2. I think my daughter would love that too.

    Michelle F.

  3. I love computer games for pre-schoolers. My oldest loved the Blues Clue's ones way back when she was 2-4 and learned a ton from them!

  4. How cool is this.. they get a certificate at the end! Those are the games i would be playing..

  5. We are you're target audience here. And anything that can keep their attention and learn is for me.

  6. My daughter would absolutely benefit from this. Thanks for sharing.

  7. This looks like a great educational tool! I might have to investigate this. My kid loves learning on our ipads and laptops.

    1. They have some great looking apps too! I haven't tried them yet, but they do look neat :)

  8. I think this is great. My children used out old desktops to learn when they were kids and I think this will be great for my grandchildren.

  9. These Activities Are Wonderful For Children They Learn So Much Your Daughter Is A Cutie!!

  10. Very cool. Any programs that make learning easier and fun for kids are great!

  11. This is an awesome little package, and daily preschool playtime is a great routine to get into and making learning fun for preschoolers.

  12. This looks like such a wonderful learning tool! I know some munchkins that would love this!

  13. This type of educational things are very effective. Interactive learning is very efficient too. And for sure kids will love that tool

  14. Such a fun software. I bet my daughter would love it, she also likes to learn about everything. Every day she wants to do and learn something new.

  15. This looks great, I would so use this in my homeschooling!

  16. This looks like a great way for kids to get a headstart on learning.

  17. I'm heading over right now because I. Need. This lol! Thanks for sharing.

  18. sometimes we forget how hard this can all be for a small child. Thanks for this insightful post. We have not had to move countries, but my kids do attend an immersion school.

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