Inspiration and Kidspiration Earn The National Parenting Center’s 2010 Seal of Approval


PORTLAND, Ore. – Dec. 2, 2009 – The National Parenting Center (TNPC), one of the country’s top evaluators of quality products for children, has given its stamp of approval to Kidspiration® and  Inspiration® from  Inspiration Software, Inc., the leader in visual thinking and learning. Both visual learning software tools have earned the group’s 2010 Seal of Approval and were named to its Holiday 2009 Seal of Approval Report. More than 1 million parents will visit the TNPC Web site between now and the holidays to read product reviews as they prepare their shopping lists.

            TNPC reviewers had high praise for Inspiration, the essential tool to visualize, think organize and learn: “The learning and thinking software that broke the mold and continues to lead the way when it comes to innovative visual realization on the computer continues to impress testers year after year. Whether they are building graphic organizers like concept maps, mind maps, idea maps, diagrams and expansive webs, the process is remarkable in just how effective it is at both freeing and uncluttering the mind to either accomplish a task or unearth new ideas. This software is a gift that you give to your child. Then you step back and watch as they discover just what they can do.”

            The reviewers were equally effusive in their evaluation of Kidspiration, the visual learning software for students in kindergarten through grade 5: “Like its older brother, the multiple Seal award-winning Inspiration, Kidspiration develops thinking, literacy and numeracy skills for elementary aged children. Back again in the Seal winners circle with a new version, Kidspiration again builds on its core strengths, enhancing word recognition, vocabulary, comprehension and written expression. New skills like reasoning and problem-solving are great additions. Whether you are a home schooler or just want to give your children a different kind of software program that hands them a unique set of tools to clarify their thoughts and organize information, Kidspiration does it and does it like nothing else we have seen. Users found that their kids were able to free their minds and think more creatively with this tool at their fingertips.”

            This is the 17th award for Kidspiration 3 since its launch in early 2008.

            “The endorsement of The National Parenting Center means a great deal to us at  Inspiration Software because we value both the power of our products for learning at home, as well as the important voice that parents have in the decisions that schools make when choosing learning tools,” said Mona Westhaver, president and co-founder. “As parents shop for gifts this holiday season, I hope they will consider the ways that our visual learning software can help learners of all ages think critically and creatively, and look forward to the countless hours of learning and fun that they will have with Inspiration and Kidspiration.”

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About Inspiration Software, Inc.

Recognized as the leader in visual thinking and learning, Inspiration Software, Inc.’s award-winning software tools, Inspiration, Kidspiration and InspireData®, are based on proven visual learning methodologies that help students think, learn and achieve. With the powerful combination of visual learning and technology, students in grades K-12 learn to clarify thoughts, organize and analyze information, integrate new knowledge and think critically. Founded more than 25 years ago by Donald Helfgott and Mona Westhaver, the company’s visual learning software tools are used today by more than 25 million students and teachers worldwide.


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