October 15, 2013 by Terumi
Many of you know I’m not really into technology with my kids-I definitely try to pay attention to the amount of screen-time they get everyday. But I also realize that as they get more and more independent I can’t really stop the floodgates from opening and one day they will be full-fledged battery-powered kidlings. But even so, I really want them to learn to read books. Like actual made-from-paper books before they *gasp* go extinct. So when the opportunity came to test out a set of LeapReader tools through MomSelect I couldn’t help but be a little intrigued because it’s an electronic tool that works with special books and paper. So it’s almost old-fashioned but a little bit more amped-up.
We had some little friends come over to see what this stuff was all about. We had some yummy snacks and I found these cute frog-themed apple snacks that I replicated and just cut green bowls to make lily pads. I also had to serve some ants on a log. We had fun coloring the sheets that came with the set and playing with the LeapReaders.
But my big epiphany came later when I played with the LeapReader alone with my guys and I could actually see what it really was. This tool is actually pretty cool. And maybe I’ve been living under a rock and missing out on some great opportunities with my kids but I really liked how it wasn’t a screen, or a bunch of buttons or just a random noise maker that sounds like learning. The Leapreader actually kind of reads. It plays games. It helps my guys think of letter sounds. And it’s already loaded with comprehension questions and games so I could just play with them and help them learn rather than having to think up all those things myself.
So I am having fun with the Get Ready for Kindergarten set with them. But I don’t just leave them on their own to do it-I don’t think it would really work that way. I definitely think this is the type of toy you have to do WITH your kids in order to make it work properly. And, I think along with reading actual books this really might help me help my guys learn to read and write. (I’ll let you know how it goes!)
And yes, I received a bunch of sets to help me get started and use at the party, but I looked online to see what else there was out there. I bought this awesome map set because I’ve been looking for something like this for my little world travelers and I can’t wait until it comes. I guess we could even use the Leapreaders in hotels when we travel because they’re quite small. And I’ll probably buy this Solar System too.
Oh, so yes I was skeptical, but I think I’m now in love. So thanks for this one, MomSelect.
(And FYI: I received free LeapFrog products in order to host the LeapFrog sponsored MommyParty. But then I bought the map on my own. The opinions expressed here are my own.)