The Little Scholar (Plus a GIVEAWAY!!)

Three more days of school here. The countdown is on and in full effect. And then, after a few days of glorious freedom, it will start. The choruses of “I’m bored.” And while I don’t for a second think it is my job to keep my kids entertained all day I would be lying if I didn’t result to some screen time many days to keep everyone sane.

I have always subscribed to the belief that a little screen time never killed anyone, but I really like the kid’s TV programming and computer games to be educational. We are big fans of Animal Jam, but I am always looking to keep things fresh and add new things to my arsenal.

I was beyond thrilled when I learned about a company right here in Grand Rapids that is dedicated to providing top notch educational products to kids. You might have seen the School Zone logo on books, flashcards and workbooks before.


Last year they jumped into the world of technology and created the Little Scholar, a tablet designed with preschoolers and early elementary kids in mind.


Silas could not be more excited that he has a tablet all to himself. And I am thrilled it comes loaded with games encouraging math, reading, spelling, logic, creativity, and geography.

Here are my favorite features:

  • Able to play with our without wi-fi
  • Packed with Start to Read!® Books with read-along audio tracks
  • Front and rear facing camera with tons of fun effects
  • Runs on Android’s operating system
  • Abel to download additional apps from the School Zone Market or the Amazon App Store from a password protected parent center
  • Parent app where you can monitor your child’s progress and activity
  • Comes with a sturdy protective case and a carrying case to transport out and about

Silas and I have had so much fun reading, listening to music (from our FAVORITE Brian VanderArk), coloring and playing each other in memory. Because there are so many different levels and subjects he never gets bored. This week his favorite is a geography program that teaches him, among other things, every state bird.

I know buying a tablet for a preschooler isn’t for everyone, but I have to say I feel a lot better about him using this one than the other ones in our house where he has access to all sorts of time wasting apps and inappropriate content. I feel so much better knowing that everything he is doing is safe.

Check out the Little Scholar at your local Meijer or online. Or leave a comment below letting me know what your favorite feature is and you could win one of your own!!

Disclosure: I was provided with a Little Scholar for my review. 


  1. I love that wi-do is not needed, that way my daughter could play it in the car or at the beach or park too.

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  2. I have a little one who will be in Kindergarten in the fall. He would love this tablet. I like the learn to read part & the parents can track progress.

  3. Jackie Fornetti says:

    I love any educational tool that can be used without wifi. Awesome tablets!

  4. I like that it’s not wifi dependent…and an indestructible carrying case is a bonus, or it would be toast in this house!
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  5. Amy Leonard says:

    I love that time on this screen is educational and fun! Durable case + no need for wifi + educational = what’s not to love? My little one will feel as cool as his older siblings if he had games of his own on a tablet.

  6. Emily Jones says:

    Fun! I love that it’s safe for really little ones! And loaded with start to read books!

  7. Jessie says:

    I know some little turkeys of mine would love this. I love that it’s preloaded so you don’t have to figure out what to download.

  8. Ashley says:

    My favorite feature is a toss up between the parent app and the start to read books!

  9. I think it’s cool that it has different grade levels so that they don’t get bored with it as they grow! Very cool.
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  10. I looooove that it’s just for this age group!

  11. Stacey Eastman says:

    Hi! I like the reading program and the fact it is NOT my iPhone!!

  12. Since I’m currently in search mode for things to entertain my kids on our 10-hour drive for vacation, I love that it doesn’t need wi-fi!
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  13. I love that it’s already loaded with the games!! Would love to have one for my soon to be first grader :)

  14. A favorite feature… I love the whole idea and execution of this! Very good attention to detail in creating it for kids, customized to what I would want in every way!

  15. Up&Away says:

    I like the pre-loaded educational games. When my kids out-grow it, it would also be a great addition to my SIL’s 1st grade classroom!

  16. It’s great that it doesn’t need wifi

  17. Lynn V says:

    I love that it doesn’t need wifi! Being on the go so much while living in amother country this would make our lives much easier!

  18. Marcy DeLille says:

    Love that it doesn’t need wifi! Perfect for on the go, ball games, drive time, etc! This would be great to have for my soon to be kindergartener!!

  19. Rob Toal says:

    I love that it offers me the ability to track my child’s progress, and also that it has a bumper. Most definitely needed for my preschooler. Thanks, Jill!

  20. I like the parent app, so that I can see my girls progress.

  21. Angela says:

    I like that you don’t need wi-fi activated to use it, we travel a lot and I would LOVE to have a tablet for my 6yo!!

  22. Melissa Hodge says:

    I love that it doesn’t need wifi, so it could be used on car trips!

  23. It looks like there are some fantastic games in there that are age appropriate for Gabe. It is great they can play without being connected to wi-fo!

  24. Marilyn says:

    I love that it doesn’t need wi-fi, & that it can take a beating from all of the little hands over here.

  25. Susan Hennis says:

    the books and the fact that you do not need connectivity.

  26. Jen a says:

    Age appropriate games that are learning based all in one spot :)

  27. Mami2jcn says:

    I like that you can play with it with or without wi-fi.

  28. Christie says:

    I love that it doesn’t require Wi-fi

  29. Michelle Nye says:

    I love that I wouldn’t have to “lock” anything so my 5yo or 3yo can both play. Currently I have to lock them into their educational games to keep them from bouncing around the iPad.

  30. Erin R. says:

    I’m excited that you don’t have to use Wi-Fi and about all of the pre-loaded books. I have a preschooler and an up coming 1st grader, so this would be awesome.

  31. Ingrid says:

    I love that it doesn’t require WiFi so my daughter can enjoy it on road trips. She is learning to read, so the books will be great for hours of entertainment!

  32. Would love to try it out with my daughter and I also work in a school. Sounds like it has potential! Thanks for the consideration!

  33. The wi-fi optional piece is HUGE! My kids still don’t really understand when I fumble through trying to explain to them why their gadgets don’t work all the time and in every setting.
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  34. Kaethe says:

    The reading games look great and I love the camera feature.

  35. Jill has her own iPad to help with communication and in her special ed classes, so it would be nice for the other kids to have something they can use (without fighting me for it) too. Love that it’s wireless!!!
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  36. I love that there are so many different subject options for games– how fun!
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  37. Tamara s says:

    I like hat it is designed just fior kids and can be used without wifi

  38. Kristen says:

    I love that it comes loaded with books and read along audio tracks. My youngest would love this!

  39. Amanda Brantley says:

    I have a little gal just finishing kindergarten! She loves learning apps and this would be such a blessing to win for her!

  40. Amanda Brantley says:

    I have a little gal just finishing kindergarten! Love the fact that it runs without wifi. She loves learning apps and this would be such a blessing to win for her!

  41. lisa m says:

    Favorite feature…is the whole thing!!! This is awesome, never seen such a great product for pre-schoolers :) thanks for sharing

  42. Nicole says:

    It sounds perfect for my preschooler that really wants to keep up with the big kids. I love that start to read books are already on it.

  43. I love that it is created in mind by experts who mold early education for our kids and that gives me more confidence to trust my child to follow their teaching methods. I also love that there is no hassle of extra downloads and purchases. Its as straightforward as it gets for parents who already have many tasks to juggle and the little scholar makes every parent’s life easier and smarter!

  44. Tabathia B says:

    I like that it has early reader books and you can use without wifi

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  45. Nicole Dziedzic says:

    My favorite feature is the Front and rear facing camera with tons of fun effects! My kids would love this, i could see them now being so silly using this feature.

  46. Jen Hep. says:

    I love the Start to Read! program, especially as my five year old is trying to master this over the summer before kindergarten starts.