Benesse Challenge Touch (チャレンジタッチ)

9 Feb

With my daughter starting first grade (一年生) at her Japanese Language School soon, I have been looking into how to best prepare her for the more challenging studies ahead. I will be sharing all the great resources I have found for first-graders with you on this blog!

In the meanwhile, I wanted to know if any of you have heard of or are planning to try the brand-new “Challenge Touch/チャレンジタッチ” program by Benesse? They are the company that does the Kodomo Challenge/Shimajiro programs. In the past, they have offered monthly subscriptions for their learning packets which have included books, DVDs, and educational toys. Beginning in April 2014, they are rolling out a new program for elementary aged children where all of those materials are being replaced by a tablet. Each month, new material will be downloaded onto the tablet. Children use the touch pen to learn and practice kokugo (hiragana, katakana, kanji, etc), math, English, etc. Here are some videos to show you what it’s like.

For lower elementary grades:

For upper elementary grades:

See more sample videos here.

I am SUPER interested and hope this will be available to those of us living overseas. I am getting to the point where I feel like I’ve taught my daughter almost all the Japanese words that I know and she is starting to fall behind her native-Japanese friends at school. We can use all the help that we can get. I plan to send Bennesse an email and will let you know what I find out.

UPDATE: Challenge Touch will work outside of Japan if you have a wifi connection. However, it must be ordered by someone who lives in Japan (so if you have a relative that is willing to have this program sent to their home, then forward it on to you, this may work for you).

12 Responses to “Benesse Challenge Touch (チャレンジタッチ)”

  1. Melania Lasagna February 17, 2014 at 10:15 PM #

    I want this for my daughter!! Do you know if this will become available in the US?

    • Hiragana Mama February 18, 2014 at 11:32 AM #

      I don’t know yet! I will let you know on the blog if I find out.

      • Christine July 13, 2014 at 5:19 PM #

        I’m in the same boat as you. My daughter is falling behind her friends because we don’t have a consistent Japanese environment at home. Let me know what you find out!

        • Hiragana Mama July 13, 2014 at 9:25 PM #

          They don’t ship this program overseas at this time 😦 There are some people who have it sent to an address in Japan then get it to the U.S., but I guess it doesn’t work as well (?)

  2. jannette inamasu February 21, 2015 at 12:47 PM #

    I want this challenge tablet for my child,how and where can i buy?

  3. Rose May 1, 2015 at 12:47 AM #

    I there~
    I also thought about the Benesse program and study material (sometimes you can get rather cheap used ones at yahoo auction japan), but for now we decided for Kumon Kokugo course.
    The worksheets are cute and interesting about many different subjects.
    We are still in A-level (Hiragana, learning how to write a nikki, reading first 5-page stories, talk about daily life and special events) but a friends child is much further already and progressing fast on Kanji skills without the usual stress of learning. I was very impressed 🙂

    • Hiragana Mama May 1, 2015 at 8:00 AM #

      Thanks for sharing! I will have to look into that!

  4. Victor November 16, 2017 at 3:49 AM #

    How do I change my benesse challenge touch to english language

  5. Joana Devera February 8, 2020 at 9:30 AM #

    Hello, I am from the Phillipines we got a Chalenge benese Tablet from Japan. But we cannot use it because we dont know how to change the language setting to English.
    I hope you can help us. may 3 year old son really want to use it. all he can do is to paint.


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