***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% honest, and have not been influenced in any way.***
Sophie is in 1st grade this year, and Xander just started Kindergarten. We're enrolled in the K12 at home learning program, so I am lucky to be extremely involved in their academic lives. While they have actual teachers that they connect with online on a daily basis, Dan and I are the kids' Learning Coaches, which gives us a very hands-on insight into the kids' struggles and achievements.
Sophie, as always, is ahead of the game. She's pretty advanced for her age, so there are no real struggles for her when it comes to learning. She's quite an over-achiever, just like her Mommy was at her age.
Xander, however, is a different story. He is often resistant to anything that has to do with reading or letters. Math he LOVES, but his ABCs are another story. In fact, when we've tried to sit with him and teach him to read, we've been met with screaming, shouting, crying, and some head-rotation and pea soup spewing. Okay, so that's a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the general idea.
When we learned about the new LeapFrog LeapStart Reading system, we couldn't wait to check it out. This system is an interactive way to pair technology with traditional books, making learning easier and more fun than ever for tech-savvy kids like my Xander.
The books have 4 different levels, which teach over 50 different skill sets. These books range from Preschool all the way to First Grade, and offer so many different subjects, from letter and number identification, STEM skills, identifying feelings, and even math problems!
We received the following books along with our LeapStart :
Level 1: Preschool
Alphabet Adventures with Music – letters/sounds, book/reading basics, rhyme/alliteration
Shapes & Colors with Creativity – 2D shapes, patterns, rhythms/music
Level 2: Pre-Kindergarten
Pet Pal Puppies Math with Social Emotional Skills – 1-20, sorting, emotions
Pre-K STEM with Teamwork – trial/error, problem solving, observations
First Day of School with Critical Thinking – school routines, calendar skills, adjusting to new tasks
Level 3: Kindergarten
Kids’ World Atlas with Global Awareness – map skills, continents, cultures
Amazing Animals with Conservation – adaptations, conservation, animal features
Level 4: 1st Grade
Space Science – solar system, sun characteristics, tools for space study
Superhero Vocabulary with Communication Skills – compound words, advanced vowels, word shapes
Xander is actually willing to sit down and learn without protesting, and that's a pretty major accomplishment in our house. He loves being able to use the stylus to guide him through the activities. He is all smiles for once as he works on learning. This is a MAJOR, MAJOR success for him!
If you have young kids who could use a boost in learning, definitely check out the new LeapStart by LeapFrog. This system is easy to use, very portable, and teaches little ones a wide range of skills they will need as they head to school this season.
A++ from this family!