Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Review: LeapReader Reading and Writing System

Reading is something that we do all the time with our two younger girls. I think it is so important to get off to a great start with reading from an early age. We are really pleased to say that all of our girls have picked up our love of books. Alice is three and is really showing an interest in all types of books. Every Friday she brings home a new book from school and we always make sure that we sit with her and read it.

This is why we were delighted to be sent the LeapReader Reading and Writing System. This system aims to help to teach your child to read and write, guiding them as they use the pen and actually "reading" the books that come with it.

The LeapReader is really easy to use. You go to the website, download the files for the books that you have purchased and load them onto the pen via a USB cable. Once you have done this, the pen recognizes the words, pictures and any activities within the book. So when Alice holds the pen over the words, the pen "reads" the book. I'll be honest, I was amazed, but then again I am a bit of a Luddite when it comes to new technology aren't I.

The LeapReader is recommended for children aged 4 - 8 years. The books that we have are suitable for children aged 4. Alice was 3 in September, so I thought that she would be ready to try this, and I was right. She really loves the LeapReader and has started to sing along to some of the songs about grammar and punctuation.

And we all love Doc McStuffin, so we were on to a winner right there!

Of course Rosie wanted to get involved. Rosie is only 21 months old and so obviously she hasn't got the patience or the capacity to use the pen - but she too has been singing along to the songs so I am confident that once she is a bit older she will also be happy to use the pen.

You can also purchase little worksheets. As you can see pictured below, Alice can trace over the letters for short words like "Cat" and "Mat" - the pen knows when she goes outside the lines and prompts her to try again. It is really clever and a great starting point for young minds.

 We love the LeapReader. I wasn't sure if Alice would have to patience to sit with it, but she does. She shows real enthusiasm with the stories and as long as we sit and help her, she really enjoys it.

I would definitely recommend this product for young children. I am just looking forward to Rosie getting involved as well now!

We were sent the LeapReader free of charge for the purpose of this review. All words and views are our own.

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