My five year old daughter Lucia learned to read this past fall. I'm still so amazed by this massive milestone and am so proud to see her budding confidence and interest in reading soar. I work on academics with her daily and also believe in the learning that takes place during lots of creative, unstructured play. I'm happy to have intuitive educational devices to use at her leisure, and the tag reading system gives Lucia an independent means to work on her reading skills in a captivating way disguised as play (it's brilliant, really).
With the touch of a quickly responsive stylus-like pen, Lucia can sound out individual words at her own pace, listen to an entire story, or hear specific facts through her Tag Reader. LeapFrog carries a great selection of physical books (aimed for ages 4-8) that are brought to life after easily downloading the audio to a computer, to add to the Tag Reader's internal memory via the included USB cable.
Leap and the Lost Dinosaur (aimed for ages 5-8) goes back to prehistoric days and includes facts about over 25 different dinosaurs. It comes with 15 interactive playing cards (and an extra universal card in the event that cards are misplaced). Luckily, the cards can be tucked into a designated pocket in the book and my children diligently put them away as the interactive card game is what they enjoy most. What's most impressive about my family's experience with Leap and the Lost Dinosaur is the amount of advanced dinosaur vocabulary both of my children are now rattling off. My daughter recently drew a picture of an Euoplocephalus and attempted to "quiz" me on what I thought it was. When she saw my uncertainty, she suggested I think about the "cretaceous" period and told me to look at its "clubbed tail". She also suggested that I "imagine a turtle the size of a car".
|Reading Leap And The Lost Dinosaur on her Tag Reading System in Bryant Park.|
It seems as if I have some Dino learning of my own to do.
As a LeapFrog Parent, LeapFrog provided me with a Tag Reading System and a Leap And The Lost Dinosaur Tag Book for the purpose of review. As in all my reviews, all opinions are my own.