Next thing you know, they’ll be having tablets ready for them right as they come out the womb. Little Scholar is a new tablet from School Zone made just for preschool to first grade children, and is made to give the little ones a head start on their foray into learning.
Technically, Little Scholar is an Android tablet, but the interface has been heavily altered to make it a closed, child-safe system. There are 150 free apps, games, books, and songs that are pre-loaded onto the tablet, all of which aim to be both entertaining and educational. On top of that, there’s an educational TV series of sorts that can be accessed from the tablet. It’s called Charlie and Company, and is part live action and part animated, following the adventures of Charlie the golden retriever and his friends. The show also has original music in the form of 87 sing-along songs from Brian Vander Ark, formerly of the Verve Pipe.
Some of the ebooks are part of the Start to Read! program, which was designed by an educator just for beginner readers. There are three levels of difficulties for the books, made to gradually guide new readers and hone their skills. In addition to basic phonics and reading skills, the books will introduce kids to things like rhyming.
Little Scholar also features front and back cameras, so the little ones can take pictures and alter them with all sorts of filters and effects. And, for the parents, there’s an app that will give you an overview of your child’s education progress, including graphs and usage statistics.
Little Scholar is available for pre-order now for $200, and does come with a money-back guarantee.