It’s no secret that Zachary LOVES books – in fact, when it comes to birthdays and holidays, I much prefer that he receives books instead of toys. In preschool, he entered a Pre-K class this year, and I know he’s super excited to practice reading and writing. Thanks to our new LeapFrog Tag Reader learning system, we’ve been practicing some of the core Pre-K and kindergarten concepts of reading, math, and science with the fabulous Get Ready for Kindergarten book.
I can’t tell you guys how much Zachary enjoys this book. Since we received it, he has been playing with it daily. I’m pretty sure he hasn’t yet figured out that it’s a learning tool and not a toy! He has so much fun exploring the different elements of this interactive book, laughing at the sound effects, and challenging himself in various educational games.
I notice that Zachary’s favorite parts of the book have to do more with math, science and social studies.
By far one of his favorite pages is called Monster Mathematics. He spends a lot of time on this page. First off, the monsters are pretty adorable and he likes the sound effects. Second, he likes that the game has to do with candy. Third, it’s fun to help the monsters figure out how much candy they have. This one of those great games where the child does not realize they are actually learning! I love playing this game with him.
Zachary also learned about the months, seasons, and the calendar and days of the week. They talk about this a lot in preschool, so it’s great to have this section of the book to reinforce it at home in a fun way. We’ve been trying to teach Zachary about different holidays, family birthdays, and other special times of the year, so we’ve spent a lot of time playing on the months and seasons as well as the Party Calendar. I always have Zachary pick out his birth month, November, as well as his brother’s, mine, and my husband’s.
Another game he enjoys is the Feelings Funhouse. I really like this one because it helps teach different emotions as well as involves musical instruments. Great concepts. There are some funny voices on this page and Zachary likes playing them over and over. We practice making a different face to represent each emotion so that he understands what they mean.
Being a typical little boy, Zachary also loves the Dinosaur Class Photo page, which shows off various dinosaurs and describes their physical attributes. He’s been repeating some of the dinosaur facts that he’s learned, and every day he goes back to this page to listen to them again and look at the different dinosaurs. No matter how old your child is, they will enjoy that page for sure!
Another great game is ABC Snack Time. In this game, you have to match letters with the sounds they make. This one is great for beginning readers, like Zachary, since it helps build on those alphabet and reading skills to prepare him for learning how to read. Although he already knows his ABC’s, he hasn’t played this type of game before, so it was a bit more challenging, but I think this and the other reading/literacy games are going to be great tools throughout the year.
Overall, I could not be more thrilled with LeapFrog’s Get Ready for Kindergarten book! It is such a wonderful educational tool for children that is also fun to use. Due to the fact that it is a multi-subject book, the pace of the book moves quickly enough that even the youngest children with the shortest attention spans (my son is just shy of four years old) can move through it and enjoy using it. My son has been spending about 30 minutes a day “playing” with his “special book” since we received it and I’m seriously thrilled. I know I will be purchasing more LeapFrog books and products for him, as I’m really happy with the Tag system.
I was selected for this opportunity as a compensated member of Clever Girls Collective and received free product from LeapFrog to review. The content and opinions expressed here are all my own. #LeapFrogTag #spon