I confess that I was of two minds at the thought of my 6 year old getting her own tablet. On one hand, I believe that kids should PLAY and that it’s far too easy to allow them to become overly engrossed in digital entertainment; on the other hand, digital tools are becoming the norm in education and being fluent in their use is important. The School Zone Little Scholar Tablet is a perfect fit for that niche.
I was familiar with School Zone’s products having used their excellent workbooks in the past and the School Zone Little Scholar Tablet is an extension of those – a digital version with lessons and much more! This tablet comes loaded with apps and is ready to use right out of the box! Best yet, all the apps that come preloaded can be used without wifi and do not require in-app purchases. More apps are available for purchase within the app store in a parental controlled area.
This tablet is specifically designed for children 3-8 and specially geared to 4k – first grade learning levels. There are three main selections of apps, one for each grade level, with fun apps geared towards lessons that support the curriculum of those grade levels. Fabulous! There are also 54 books loaded onto this tablet that reads stories to your child while highlighting the words being read to encourage early reading skills.
Just for fun, there are videos of the School Zone series Charlie & Company featuring an adorable cast of animated characters that go on all kinds of fun and educational adventures. Additional episodes are available in the app store. The School Zone Little Scholar tablet also comes loaded with music as well. My daughter has really enjoyed singing along with some of the best children’s music I have heard in quite a while.
Best of all, the School Zone Little Scholar Tablet has some of the best parental features available. Within the password protected parent’s section is the app store, customizable settings, and app management. My favorite of the parent oriented features is the A+ Reporting on the home page that tells you exactly what apps your child has been using, and allows you to follow their lessons and progress.
The School Zone Little Scholar tablet is the perfect first tablet for any young child. My daughter begs to be allowed “tablet time” and I feel good knowing that she spends that time on educational activities instead of mindless games and videos. I truly love this product from a company that I have known and trusted for years!
We loved this so much, it was added to our top STEAM (STEM+Art) toy segment this month! We didn’t get to talk about it but LOVE it!