Product Type: LeapFrog Child Development
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Leapfrog tag reading system
LeapFrog Tag Reading System
Member Name: Whizz11
LeapFrog Tag Reading System
Advantages: Great way to learn to read, listen to books
For Christmas this year we bought my little girl the Leapfrog tag reading system which basically consists of a pen or reader as they call it which allows a child to listen to or read a special Leapfrog book whilst touching the pages to hear the word read out loud. According to the paperwork that comes with the pen, "The TAG reading system engages children's senses to make reading a rich, fulfilling experience. It allows children to learn at their own pace, building confidence. Well-loved characters and engaging stories inspire children to read and develop a lifelong love of reading."
My little girl just turned three and whilst she is still a bit too young to fully grasp the concept and everything you can do with this reading system, my philosophy is that you are never too young to start enjoying books and looking at them. She has got to grips with the pen reader very well and know how to turn it on and off and also where to press on a page for the reader to start reading her the whole book so she is definitely utilising it well.
The pack we bought came with a TAG reader, a Sampler book and a USB cable.
The reader looks like a big pen and has a little nib/tip on the end that you press on your book to activate it. It takes 2 AAA batteries and we have not had to change these yet. The reader has an On/off switch on the side and volume control which is nice as this can get quite loud and noisy. There is a slot for a headphone jack and I think if we were to take this in the car or on an aeroplane for my little girl this is a great feature.
The reader has a USB port which is how you download the books onto your pen/reader.
It's extremely easy to use and simple to download the books. Once you have gone onto the leapfrog webpage and found the book you have you follows the instillation instructions and then the book is downloaded onto your reader. I think its quite amazing and I am still amazed at how it knows what it is touching and reading.
The pack also came with a paperback book to allow you to practise at reading with the pen and shows you how to do it and gives you samples of some of the books you can purchase.
When you are ready to read a book with your pen its very simple. There are different symbols throughout the book that you touch the pen on to do different things. For example, a book symbol means read the page. You touch this button with the reader to hear a single story page. Then when the page is over the reader will play a little tune which indicates that you should turn the page.
A little diamond symbols mean Say it/Sound it/Spell it which are self explanatory really. A star symbol means game and you touch this button to play a game. Two arrows in a circle symbol means repeat and a square symbol means stop.
I find the voice that reads each book is clear and simple to understand and it's nice to hear a story brought to life.
If you don't touch the reader for a few minutes after turning it on it will play three little notes to let you know it is still on and then a few minutes after that it will turn itself off.
I think this is a brilliant reading system and we are looking forward to getting way more out of it in the coming years.
Summary: Leapfrog tag
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