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Leap Ahead in Summer Reading

leapfrogAs LeapFrog Summer Reading Ambassadors, we’ve been showing off the LeapFrog TAG and TAG Junior systems at schools, libraries, and playgroups in our area.

When I reviewed the LeapFrog TAG last year, I was impressed. As an educational consultant, I believe the TAG system is a great example of technology that genuinely engages kids in learning.  Download classic stories onto the reading pen and children can listen to the whole story, hear individual words, and play games.  Using the TAG helps build reading comprehension and fluency.

First, I shared the TAG and TAG Junior systems with my playgroup.  The kids tore right in, playing with the TAG systems and enjoying the included books.

After two weeks, the parents have reported back that their toddlers and preschoolers have a renewed interest in reading–even with books that are not linked with the TAG pen.  And one mom discovered a great idea: when her son is too wound-up for bed, she gives him the TAG Junior and the books.  He listens to the stories and plays games until he falls asleep.

Next, I dropped a pack off at my local library.  The librarians were like kids in a candy store, practically jumping for joy as they discussed all the possibilities.  They plan to keep a set at the library for use with headphones.  The library provides a number of programs for boosting reading confidence, including a scheduled time for reading to a friendly canine friend of the library.  Children who identify as strong readers will find more success in school and seek out educational opportunities.  The TAG system will be perfect for children to learn to read independently and improve their vocabularies.  Another TAG system will circulate to patrons.  As budgets tighten, more parents will turn to free library programs for fun activities and academic support.

And we’re looking forward to building our TAG libraries of classic books that can be enjoyed with or without the TAG readers.

We’re looking forward to sharing more LeapFrog success stories with you.  LeapFrog products like the TAG systerm educational products build a lifelong love of learning.

WANT IT: Get the LeapFrog® Tag Reading System (Amazon – $50, $35 on sale) or LeapFrog Tag Junior book pal (Amazon – $35)

Written by

Candace is the co-editor and co-founder of Mamanista. She is an educational consultant and writer.

Filed under: Books (0-3), Books (Pre-School), Books (School Aged), Featured, Learning, Pre-schoolers, Reading, School Aged Children, Toddlers

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