I got an amazing opportunity to review the LeapFrog Tag™ Reading System. What’s really great is that we have a bunch of LeapFrog products already, some that I didn’t even realize were LeapFrog until I really paid close attention. We have at least 8 products inbetween the girls! So, since we have so many LeapFrog products that are tried and true, it was only appropriate that we also checked out the Tag Reader and Tag Books. Plus, I had so many of you readers asking me to test it out and let you know what I thought. So here goes…remember you asked for it!Things we loved about the LeapFrog Tag:
First off, it’s very easy to use, Miss A, who just turned 3.5 years old, just pressed the power button and away she went, reading up a storm and playing reading comprehension games using the Tag Reader. We love how versatile Tag is, you can read word by word, sentences, or have the entire page read to you. It’s great to have options for children on different levels of reading. They can share, plus who doesn’t want a book read to them once and a while, especially with great narration?!?
We really like are the “themes” of Tag Books. Most of the stories are based on popular movies but books also include television shows and even some great LeapFrog originals. Check out some of these book sets that we like:
This Learn to Read pack gives your child the tools to learn how to read on their own.
We love fun movies and these two book are spin offs of some of our favorites:
Tag has real pages, unlike any of their competitors, so your child gets the mechanical experience of using both a pen and turning pages. (I tried to do a head-to-head comparison review but neither VTech nor Fisher Price contacted me). One thing I love about the pages are the beautiful, vibrant illustrations. I also like that Miss A doesn’t have to use her Tag Reader at all with the books, she can just take one to bed and read away. One thing I don’t like about the paper pages though is that, being the Type-A mom that I am, I do worry a little that Miss A might rip one of the pages.
I love sitting down with Miss A and “working” with her, but for parents who are more hands off children may not get as much out of this system as a parent who is willing to take the time to explain, and make sure their child is understanding the words they are reading for comprehension. Often times Miss A will try to zoom her Tag Reader through the book and it will skip words, obviously it’s not intended for this use but I can see many other children doing the same thing. So these are good books, but in my opinion you’ll want to read them with your child, or at least semi-supervise for maximum learning.
Another thing that I love/hate about LeapFrog is LeapWorld. This is an online forum, if you will, where children can redeem the points they earn learning on the Tag Reader/playing games on Tag and play more games, design an avatar, buy clothing, furniture for their online world. The reason I love/hate it is because the Tag and other products remind us to “hook up your Tag to get your points!” And if we’re in the middle of a book it is a little distracting because all Miss A wants to do is hook up the Tag right then and there. The reason I love LeapFrog world is that it’s another outlet for learning. Miss A has learned how to create different types of weather, understanding what is heavier and lighter, and even recycled.
All-in-all I give the Tag Reading System an A. We’ve already seen Miss A read words that she didn’t know before Tag, in fact she read Princess for the first time, with no help, and no pictures. Pretty cool for a 3.5 year old, if you ask me, plus she loves it and it’s not “work” for her.
So are you ready to buy your Tag Reading System?? For your, more than 40 books and activity sets, check out LeapFrog’s great deals at their website: http://www.leapfrog.com. For the best value, go to their Build-a-Tag Bundle and Save option where you get to pick your style Reader pen, and get a discount for each book you add, the more books you get the better the discount!
What’s your child(ren)’s favorite book to read??
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