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As part of the LeapFrog Mom Squad, I was lucky enough to receive the brand new LeapFrog LeapStart a couple of weeks before it hits stores (July 14, 2016) – and my girls were super excited to test it out (Ok, I was too!). I could tell right away that this was going to be an incredible learning tool for them. My oldest starts Kindergarten next year, and my youngest will not start Preschool until September 2017. They are both very smart girls (although I am a bit bias) because we work on their skills consistently at home. Every day we have “work book” time and boy was I thrilled to be able to add LeapStart in to that time!
We all immediately loved this interactive learning system. It is more fun for them than going through a work book with mom – and it is easier on me too. One of my favorite things about this system, is that the books come with rewards pages and stickers in the back. As a child “beats” a game, they are told that they earned a sticker and to place one in their rewards section. This helped my girls strive to get the top score. I can honestly say that they have no idea they are learning while they are using this. They have actually been asking to use it during play time – and how can I say no! My girls skills in math, science, and reading have already improved. I can honestly say that I was surprised by how much they learned so quickly.
There are four levels of activity books for LeapStart:
- Level 1 – Preschool: Teaches ABCs, counting, problem solving, creativity, as well as health, shapes, colors and music.
- Level 2 – Pre-Kindergarten: Introduces reading, writing, early math, and school routines as well as teamwork, communication and social skills.
- Level 3 – Kindergarten: Introduces phonics, addition, subtraction and global awareness as well as animals, conservation, logic and reasoning.
- Level 4 – 1st Grade: Teaches vocabulary and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), plus problem solving and communication.
We have 9 of the available 16 activity books and all of them are great! My 3 year old does great with the Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and even the Kindergarten – although, I admit, the 1st Grade books are much too difficult for her. My 5 year old breezes through the Preschool books and does well with the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten books. The 1st Grade books are a little tough for her – but she is quickly learning and starting to do well with them. She is like her mama and loves a challenge – as she often picks up these books first when it is her turn with the LeapStart system. When asked what their favorite book was, both of my girls yelled “All of them!”. I think it is safe to say that LeapStart is a hit with the Smith family!
The LeapStart interactive early learning systems include a portable kid-tough device with an easy-grip stylus, sampler book, and a downloadable Guide to Getting Kids Ready for School. At a price point of just $39.99, there is no reason not to pick up a LeapStart for your little one! Compare the two below and discover which LeapStart is right for your family.
The stylus of the LeapStart Jr. is ergonomically designed for smaller hands, while that of the LeapStart Sr. helps older children practice finer pen control. Using the stylus, kids can tap any page to activate audio responses and play activities designed to keep them engaged and coming back for more. Each book in the library is packed with over 30 activities. Games, jokes, and songs come to life – enticing kids to trace numbers, hunt for letters, compose their own music, and so much more.
LeapStart Junior (ages 2 to 4)
Tap into big fun with the amazing, all-in-one LeapStart interactive early learning system for Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten, jam-packed with key school and life skills for curious 2-4 year olds. The system works with a library of replayable activity books (sold separately) and comes with a Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten sampler book. The Leap Start interactive learning system is designed to help build key skills and challenge kids to get ready for their next step in learning. Get kids excited about everything from counting to creativity, phonics to problem solving, and shapes to social skills with replayable activity books bursting with fun on every page. Purchase here.
LeapStart Senior (ages 5 to 7)
Tap into big fun with the amazing, all-in-one leap start interactive learning system for kindergarten and 1st grade, jam-packed with key school and life skills for inquisitive 5-7 year olds. The system works with a library of replayable activity books (sold separately) and comes with a kindergarten and 1st grade sampler book. The leap start interactive learning system is designed to help build key skills and challenge kids to get ready for their next step in learning. Get kids excited about everything from STEM to social skills, reading comprehension to Communication, and problem solving to scientific thinking with replayable activity books bursting with fun on every page. Purchase here.
Both LeapStart learning systems work with a complete library of 16 activity books with content spanning four learning levels – from Preschool through 1st Grade. Each learning level teaches 50+ key skills beyond ABCs and 123s. From life skills and daily routines, to space science and coding, the LeapStart library supports core and life skills that complement early school.
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