Learning to read and write is an important thing in a child’s life. Everyone needs to know how to read and write, most children learn a lot at school but helping them at home too can only be an advantage. We were sent a LeapReader Reading and Writing System to review along with a Read & Write Series Writing – Numbers Activity Set and a Read on Your Own Series 3D effects Monsters University book.
My daughter is almost 7 but is quite advanced with both reading and writing, although her writing could be a bit neater so I wasn’t sure if she would benefit from this as it is aimed at 4-8 years.
Inside the main box is LeapReader, Sampler Activity book and learning paper writing sheet, 3 free downloads ( 1 audio book bundle, 1 music album and 1 trivia challenge), a built in rechargeable lithium polymer battery, a USB cable and a quick start guide.
The LeapReader Reading and Writing System helps children learn to read and write via a Tag pen. Touch it on a Tag book and it will give out a sound, it can also sound out words and it builds phonetic skills. Write with it gives interactive guidance, with mess free writing. The Tag pen has no lead or ink but the words appear on the learning paper and if your child is not in the mood for reading or writing they can listen to the book just by touching the Tag pen onto the symbol.
My daughter is at the stage of being able to read on her own so the Monsters University 3D effects book was perfect for her. It comes with 3D glasses which she loved. As soon as she opened the book she knew what to do as she has already had experience with the Tag reader and off she went in her own little world making the book sound out each word at a time, any words she was not sure of, she would press them again until she knew what they were and how they were spelt.
My daughter loves the activity sets, I think she thinks she has a magic pen as when she tries to draw on other paper it will not work, only on the writing paper.
The thing I like is that the LeapReader is charged via USB cable which means it does not need batteries. This is a huge plus as it means she could use it straight away, well after the initial charge and that we didn’t have to go searching every drawer looking for batteries.
I think this is a great way to help children learn to read and write although my daughter didn’t get as much out of it as a four year old would she still enjoys the reading and as we have plenty of TAG books at home she isn’t limited to what books she can read with it.
The LeapReader Reading and Writing System costs £39.99. LeapFrog LeapReader Book : Learn to Write Numbers with Mr Pencil costs £14.99 and the LeapFrog LeapReader Book : Disney Pixar Monsters University costs £16.99. All are available from Tesco.