Tag Reading System
The boys really enjoyed using the World Interactive Map while their girlfriend enjoyed looking at the books more. Seems to make perfect sense to me as her mother has a masters as a Reading Specialist! In fact, I wanted to know her professional opinion of the books using the Tag Reading System. She thought they were excellent for beginner readers and that it is a great tool to teach the children that we read English from left to right. Our children are all excellent at knowing the alphabet and recognizing letters, but my friend found that this also helped introduce the concept that letters make up a full word, and later on the concept that words create phrases and sentences.
I mentioned the boys were totally enthralled with the Interactive World Map. I really wished I had an extra Tag pen so they could easily take turns (mental note, having two boys myself I may need to invest in an additional pen!). The map includes children in various countries that would speak their name, the country name and a little tidbit about their lives. There were also fun items like submarines and airplanes that they found to be a hoot. The boys enjoyed pressing the pen down and perhaps this is where that extra half year to reach 4 years old comes into play – they pressed a smidge too hard and put little marks on the board. Overall they picked up on how the pen worked and were quite adept at using it.
The highlight of our party was the LeapPad. Thank goodness we had a few LeapFrog products because the kids, mine especially, did not want to give up this new, cool tablet. My son has never had a toy like this and yet he felt completely comfortable with the stylus and the touch screen, though he wasn’t too sure what he was selecting at first!
After a bit of time fooling around with it – he loved it. He had no problem navigating around once he got the hang of it. His favorite program to use is the art studio to “paint”. He quickly learned how to turn on the pad and start the program he wanted to use. Putting the LeapPad down was not on his agenda and so we had to pry it out of his hands for bed!
I love that the LeapPad can be personalize for multiple users which means that as long as I can actually get them to take turns, both of my sons can use and store their own progress with the same LeapPad.
One thing I would have liked to see is an included AC plug rather than having to rely on the constant use of batteries. It would also be nice if there was a rubberized shell just in case someone here gets the case of the whoops! and drops the LeapPad (you can purchase carrying cases).
We loved these LeapFrog products! They are just about the best “toy” for my son at this age. He’s involved in it, and it’s a great teaching tool for him. Our Holiday Wish List will have a few LeapPad download suggestions. In the interim, I can’t wait to download more applications, books and games for him to use! I think using the LeapPad will be a nice activity for him to use during quiet time when we start to forgo nap time.
*Disclosure: I was provided free LeapFrog products and a download card in exchange for this post. All opinions are those of the party participants as well as my own. I was also entered into a contest to win additional LeapPads to keep as well as donate to my favorite charity.