*This post was written by me on behalf of School Zone Publishing. I received complimentary product samples to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% mine.
Lately I’ve been struggling with balancing the amount of time that my children spend on their electronic devices. On one hand, I want them to be technologically savvy and able to compete in today’s modern technological times. On the other hand, I don’t want them to become consumed with spending time on their tablets playing games that don’t always have a significant educational value. I was very excited when I learned that School Zone, a trusted educational workbook and flash card company that I have know for years as an educator, has now taken all their educational experience and trusted content and created a kids’ tablet called Little Scholar®.
Little Scholar features and A+ app that allows parents to track their child’s academic progress and identify how much time their child has spent on each individual topic or curriculum area. Parents can even use an App Management Tool to choose from the preloaded 200 apps, videos, songs and e-books that are active on Little Scholar, so the can tailor the content to fit the learning needs of their children. The apps are valued at nearly $400 worth FREE content. There’s no need to buy additional apps although they are available should you decide to expand your child’s progress.
This is definitely what I have been looking for to immerse my boys in technology that allows them to be productive and that has educational value. I’m secure now in knowing that my son spends time on this tablet actually learning and having a great time doing so! The entire time he is engaged with his Little Scholar he is actually learning reading, spelling, math, and other essential skills that he will need in order to excel in the third grade next year.
My son really enjoyed watching Charlie & Company™, a new educational video series with live action and animation. It stars Charlie the Golden Retriever and his best friend, Miss Ellie, who embark on educational adventures. The show features performances and original music by Brian Vander Ark of The Verve Pipe. He also loved showing his creativity by using the rear- and front-facing camera. The tablet allows him to play with silly special effects and save pictures to his own personal gallery.
Little Scholar is recommended for kids ages 3-7 and features an 8-inch screen and runs on a Google Android 4.2.2 operating system. My son just turned eight and the content on the tablet was even appropriate for his learning needs. It is available now and has an MSRP of $149.99-199.99. It will be available at ToysRUs this fall. The best part is that our Sponsor has given us a Little Scholar Tablet to give away to one of you for your child to learn from!