Roo is learning to read and constantly surprises me with how much she already knows. She can spell her full name and Mom and Dad (although she prefers to write B-O-B!) and Jasper. At bedtime, she "reads" books from memory, but it seems as though she is actually starting to pick out words.
She is at the perfect stage for the Leapfrog Tag Reader, an electronic stylus that "reads" stories aloud. I was really impressed with how quickly she took to it and learned how to use it. The Tag Reader can "read" by the word, page or full story. It's kind of an updated version of the filmstrips I remember as a kid: "when you hear the bell, turn the page…" only you control the speed and can go back and forth as you please. Being a typical four year old, Roo enjoys repeating the same words and pages over and over and over again… at least repetition builds recognition, right?!
The Leapfrog Tag Reader comes with one introductory book called Ozzie and Mack. We also received the Tag Classic Storybook Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, which we already were familiar with, but Roo swears this version is better. Apparently the voice actor has a more compelling way of rhyming than I do! There are currently 20 other Tag Classic Storybook titles available, including many characters your child knows and loves including The Cat in the Hat, Ariel, Diego, Dora and Kung Fu Panda. The next titles we'll be getting are two of Roo's favorites: Fancy Nancy and Olivia. I, personally, love Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends so we might have to get that one, too. And, of course, the pretty pink Tag storage case to stuff them all into…
An unusual proprietary feature of the Tag Reader is the LeapFrog Learning Path, a free online tool that lets you see your child's learning progress. It's kind of a virtual assessment, based on your child's use of the Tag Reader. You can monitor your child's style of reading and discover new ways to encourage their growth and learning. And as they grow, their LeapFrog Learning Path will suggest different titles and products to transition into. Smart. Like your kids!