What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name LeapFrog? The words that instantly pop into my head are: reading, educational, interactive, and fun. It is no wonder that LeapFrog is an educational entertainment leader; they have spent the last 18 years developing learn-to-read solutions. One of my personal favourites, in addition to LeapFrog's Le Bus des Animaux, was their Tag reading system. I had bought a Tag reader for my daughter several years ago along with a number of Tag books and loved it so much, I purchased Tag readers and books as gifts for family and friends. I even bought a Tag Junior for my son once he turned two. Now that he is five years old, he has taken a keen interest in reading and I would love nothing more than to watch him continue to pursue this interest. Reading was never my forté as a child so I often worry that my kids will dislike reading as much as I once did. Thankfully, my son will have the benefit of using the new LeapReader, the complete learn to read AND write solution for kids.
The LeapReader, recently featured on The Social, is the next generation of learning. It is designed to help kids sound out words and read sentences, learn to write letters with interactive guidance, and listen to audio books, music and more on-the-go. And since reading and writing are part of the same learning journey, LeapFrog understands that they must be practiced concurrently, along with supporting skills like listening comprehension. They have therefore built an extensive LeapReader library of over 150 books, learn to-write sets, audio books, music, maps, flash cards and more to provide engaging experiences that together reinforce children’s literacy skills. The LeapReader system provides three experiences:
- Learn to Read: Sounds out words, reads sentences, and lets kids play games and puzzles.
- Learn to Write: LeapReader helps kids learn the sequence of strokes and practice writing letters and numbers with special LeapFrog Learning Paper.
- Learn through Listening: Audio books, learning songs and trivia challenges build comprehension skills and vocabulary.
What I love most about the new LeapReader, in comparison with the Tag reader, is that it can
hold a lot more. I'm talking audio for up to 40 books or 175 songs at a time! Another huge selling feature is that it includes a USB rechargeable battery. Good-bye alkaline!
The LeapReader is designed for children ages 4-8 and includes a sampler book and three apps (a $20 value). It is available in green or pink and has retail value of $59.99 but is currently listed at $49.96 at Amazon.ca.
Disclosure: I received product to help facilitate this review. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own.