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Learning to Read with LeapFrog TAG

leapfroglearntoreadLeapFrog makes learning products that blend innovative technology with time-tested teaching techniques for fun and educational results.

We are big fans of our LeapFrog TAG and LeapFrog just sent us a new way to enjoy it: two sets of early reader books that teach short and long vowel sounds.

My daughter knows her letters and the sounds they make and she is just about ready to make the jump from pre-literacy skills to literacy. Every day she grabs her TAG pen and reads through several of the new TAG “Learn to Read” books.

Although the emphasis in the books is on phonics–one short or long vowel features in most of the words in each–the cute, original stories are fun and engaging for my three year old.  While not exactly a future literary classic, “Look at the mud! / Time for the tub. ‘ ‘Time to wash up!’ / Rub-a-dub-dub!” provides a lot more reading pleasure and practice in comprehension than a drill of a random series of words related only by a single sound.

And the interaction with the TAG system is helpful in learning to read. Press one symbol and the pen reads the page. Touch other symbols and the pen can read a single word, isolate individual letters or spell the word, and sound out the letters or the entire word. For added interaction and context, the illustrations also “speak” when touched with the pen.

At the end of each book is a series of activities, designed to explicitly reinforce the skills taught through the story. My daughter really enjoys these games, which, like the books, blend letter recognition, phonics, sight words, relationships between text and illustrations, and reading comprehension.

My only suggestion for any future editions is a parent guide with tips for using the LeapFrog TAG system and the “Learn to Read” books for beginning readers, struggling readers, and readers who are gaining fluency.  Many parents might appreciate a primer on how to use the books and the different features to encourage literacy.  And this would also integrate well with the LeapFrog Learning Path–an online tool that helps you understand your child’s progress.

Like all of the TAG books, these may be used with or without the pen, and together with the parent, or independently. By putting together an affordable, intuitive, and entertaining system that encourages children to interact with books, the LeapFrog TAG supports literacy education.

WANT IT: Buy TAG products directly from LeapFrog or get the LeapFrog TAG Learn to Read Phonics Books from Amazon. ($20 per set of six books, TAG Reading Pen sold separately for $50, $40 on sale)

WIN IT – REQUIRED ENTRY: Enter to win a TAG Reading System + the two sets of Learn to Read Phonics Books from LeapFrog (ARV $90) by leaving a comment with your best tip for or question about learning to read.

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

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173 Responses to "Learning to Read with LeapFrog TAG"

  1. Terri B says:

    I recently read to follow the text with your finger as you read to your toddler.

  2. DanV says:

    My tip is to make reading part of every day

  3. Ethel says:

    To me the best way to help a child learn to read is to make it FUN!Introduce books even when they are just an infant. Read to them everyday.
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  4. Helen says:

    We go to the library often and encourage the kids to choose which books they’re interested in.

  5. Lily Kwan says:

    My question about learning to read is how much time should children be spending reading every day?

  6. Geri Nyland says:

    My best tip is to read, read, read to your children…My son loves when I read to him and he has speech delay, but with me reading to him he picks up a few new words a day that he will remember the next day…It helps for him to hear me talking and saying words because he is 3 and he tries to mimic everything I say…


  7. Donna K says:

    My best tip is to read to your child when they are very young.

  8. Gianna says:

    Read with your kids a little every day.

  9. Badger Momma says:

    My tip is repetition. My six year old learned to read (pretty much self-taught) at age four. I believe she learned through memorizing the books she loved.

    My younger daughter obviously has a different thinking pattern. She needs to learn to read yet and we’ve had no luck with it.

  10. Badger Momma says:

    I’m following you both on Twitter and have tweeted.

  11. Great suggestion to put parent tips into the Learning Path. I’m on it!

    Senior Producer, Learning Path

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  20. Benjamin says:

    You can find them at any Wal-Mart or toy store. If your okay with used ones try ebay, craigslist, godiwoll (or any thrift shops in your area), most cities have like a used baby and kid store where you might be able to find one at as well. Also on craigslist you can place an add in your city saying that you are looking for one and if somebody has one they can email you and let you know and stuff.

  21. Auliya says:

    My neighbor orilinalgy bought these for her son, who is 6. They were too beginner for him, so she handed them to us. My son loves them. They are very beginning words, The cat pulled a bat from the hat. The games are really neat in the back too. My son enjoys listening to the clues and finding the answers. He really has yet to pay attention to the words, but he’s 3. We have time!

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