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In the mid-1990s, the company JumpStart was created as a series of educational games produced by Knowledge Adventure. By 2000, all the original games from Baby to 6th Grade were created (with the exception of JumpStart Kindergarten that was updated in 1998) and sold as a single disc. In 2000, all the games began to release with new covers (JumpStart 1st and 4th Grade updated considerably) and a second disc ("Around the World" for Kindergarten to 2nd Grade and "Adventure World" for 3rd Grade to 6th Grade) was added. In 2002, all the original games from Toddler to 2nd Grade (with the exception of JumpStart Pre K) were replaced with newer, "advanced" versions that featured characters from many games rather than just the specific grade level. The 3rd to 6th Grade versions remained the same with the added "advanced" label. All these games included 2 extra discs that varied per grade (5th and 6th grades were merged). In 2007, JumpStart Toddler and JumpStart 5th & 6th Grade were removed from the line and the remaining products were given an extra disc. A year or two earlier, JumpStart World Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade were released, and were sold alongside JumpStart Advanced. JumpStart 4th, 5th and 6th Grade were merged as well, with 2 bonus discs added. New packagings for JumpStart World, known as the JumpStart Advanced Premium packages, were released a while afterward, and a Preschool version was added. The JumpStart World games were eventually renamed to JumpStart 3D Virtual World, and later the JumpStart Advanced Preschool - 2nd Grade games were replaced by the JumpStart 3D Virtual World games, though most of the bonus discs remained the same.

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Ages 1-4

Cover of JumpStart Advanced Toddlers
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Baby (9 to 24 months)

The JumpStart Baby Games were created for infants (4 years before Kindergarten). JumpStart Baby (1998 version) was created in 1998. It was upgraded in 2000 to become JumpStart Baby (2000 version) while the cover was changed and a second disc called Connect & Play was added. Unlike the other games, it was not upgraded in 2002 to the "JumpStart Advanced" products.

Toddlers (18 months to Age 3)

The JumpStart Toddlers Games were created for Toddlers (3 years before Kindergarten). JumpStart Toddlers (1996 version) was created in 1996. It was upgraded in 2000 to become JumpStart Toddlers (2000 version) while the cover was changed and a second disc called My Learning Scrapbook was added. In 2002, a completely new version called JumpStart Advanced Toddlers replaced the old versions and a box with 2 extra discs was added in 2003. In 2007, it was merged into the JumpStart Advanced Preschool package. It later got its own 4-disc package.

The 2000 Cover of JumpStart Preschool (1995 version)

Preschool (Ages 2-4)

The JumpStart Preschool Games were created for Preschoolers (2 years before Kindergarten). JumpStart Preschool (1995 version) was created in 1995. Minor changes were made to the disc in 2000 while the cover was changed and a second disc called Around the World was added. In 2002, a completely new version called JumpStart Advanced Preschool replaced the old versions and a box with 2 extra discs was added in 2003. In 2007, an extra disc was added making the current edition featuring 4 discs. It should be noted that the extra disc was originally JumpStart Toddlers, but it was then changed to a renamed version of the 1995 version of JumpStart Preschool called Explore & Learn.

Pre-K (Ages 3-5)

The JumpStart Pre-K Games were created for Pre-Kindergarten (Junior Kindergarten in Canada) students. Unlike many companies, JumpStart is the only one to offer material for Pre-K (JK in Canada). JumpStart Pre-K, created in 1996, was the only Pre-K game ever created by JumpStart. Unlike the other games, it was never upgraded or given a new cover and discs.

Ages 5-7

Kindergarten (Ages 4-6)

The JumpStart Kindergarten Games were created for Kindergarten (Senior Kindergarten in Canada) students. JumpStart Kindergarten (1994 version) was created in 1994. It was upgraded and a newer version called JumpStart Kindergarten (1998 version) was released. Minor changes were made to the disc in 2000 while was cover was changed and a second disc called Around the World was added. In 2002, a completely new version called JumpStart Advanced Kindergarten replaced the old versions and a box with 2 extra discs was added in 2003. In 2007, an extra disc was added making the current edition featuring 4 discs.

In 1997, JumpStart Kindergarten Reading (Later re-named JumpStart Reading for Kindergartners), was created teaching the English language. JumpStart Math for Kindergartners was created later in 1999, teaching mathematics.

1st Grade (Ages 5-7)

The JumpStart 1st Grade Games were created for 1st Grade students. JumpStart 1st Grade (1995 version) was created in 1995. It was upgraded in 2000 to become JumpStart 1st Grade (2000 version) while the cover was changed and a second disc called Around the World was added. In 2002, a completely new version called JumpStart Advanced 1st Grade replaced the old versions and a box with 2 extra discs was added in 2003. In 2007, an extra disc was added making the current edition featuring 4 discs.

In 1997, JumpStart 1st Grade Reading and JumpStart 1st Grade Math were created teaching the English language and mathematics respectively. Both were renamed in 2000 to JumpStart Reading for First Graders and JumpStart Math for First Graders.

2nd Grade (Ages 6-8)

The JumpStart 2nd Grade Games were created for 2nd Grade students. JumpStart 2nd Grade (1996 version) was created in 1996. Minor changes were made to the disc in 2000 while the cover was changed and a second disc called Around the World was added. In 2002, a completely new version called JumpStart Advanced 2nd Grade replaced the old versions and a box with 2 extra discs was added in 2003. In 2007, an extra disc was added making the current edition featuring 4 discs.

In 1997, JumpStart 2nd Grade Math (Later re-named JumpStart Math for Second Graders), was created teaching mathematics. JumpStart Reading for Second Graders was created later in 2000, teaching the English language.

Ages 8-11

3rd Grade (Ages 7-9)

The JumpStart 3rd Grade Games were created for 3rd Grade students. JumpStart Adventures 3rd Grade: Mystery Mountain was created in 1996. In 2000, the cover was changed and a second disc called Adventure World was added. In 2003, it was renamed JumpStart Advanced 3rd Grade and a box with 2 extra discs was added. In 2007, an extra disc was added making the current edition featuring 4 discs.

4th Grade (Ages 8-10)

The JumpStart 4th Grade Games were created for 4th Grade students. JumpStart Adventures 4th Grade: Haunted Island was created in 1996. In 2000, a completely new version called JumpStart Adventures 4th Grade: Sapphire Falls replaced the old version which featured a second disc called Adventure World. In 2003, it was renamed JumpStart Advanced 4th Grade and a box with 2 extra discs was added. In 2007, an extra disc was added making the current edition featuring 4 discs.

The 2000 cover of JumpStart Adventures 6th Grade: Mission Earthquest

5th Grade (Ages 9-11)

The JumpStart 5th Grade Games were created for 5th Grade students. JumpStart Adventures 5th Grade: Jo Hammet, Kid Detective was created in 1997. In 2000, the cover was changed and a second disc called Adventure World was added. In 2003, it was merged with JumpStart 6th Grade to become JumpStart Advanced 5th & 6th Grade, with a box and an extra disc. It wasn't given an extra disc in 2007 like the other games and it has been removed from the JumpStart website, suggesting that it may be retired from the line.

6th Grade (Ages 10-12)

The JumpStart 6th Grade Games were created for 6th Grade students. JumpStart Adventures 6th Grade: Mission Earthquest was created in 1998. In 2000, the cover was changed and a second disc called Adventure World was added. In 2003, it was merged with JumpStart 5th Grade to become JumpStart Advanced 5th & 6th Grade, with a box and an extra disc. It wasn't given an extra disc in 2007 like the other games and it has been removed from the JumpStart website, suggesting that it may be retired from the line.

Other Games

In addition to the Fundamental games, JumpStart has also offered a variety of other games, with varying levels of educational quality. Some of these games were created as extra discs for regular packages, while others were created for distinct subjects areas.

  • JumpStart 3 Ring Circus
  • JumpStart ABC's
  • JumpStart Animal Adventures
  • JumpStart Artist
  • JumpStart Explorers
    • JumpStart Adventure Challenge ("Far-Out Field Trips" disc)
    • Mystery Club Vol. 3
    • Math and Science Challenge
  • JumpStart Frankie's Field Trip
  • JumpStart The Greatest Show on Earth
  • JumpStart Music
  • JumpStart Numbers
  • JumpStart Power Prep series
  • JumpStart Phonics: Read and Rhyme
  • JumpStart Spanish
  • JumpStart Spelling
  • JumpStart SpyMasters: Max Strikes Back
  • JumpStart SpyMasters: Unmask the Prankster
  • JumpStart Typing
  • JumpStart Advanced Study Helpers
  • KnowledgeLand (not technically a JumpStart game, though it featured elements from all the JumpStart products released at that time; included with earlier versions of JumpStart 3rd Grade and JumpStart 4th Grade)

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