Reading has always been a huge part of my life. My mom seemed to always have a book in her hand and still does! She goes to the library at least 2-3 times a week. My sister and I picked up my mom’s love for reading and have been bookworms since we we really young. I remember my sister and I playing school up in the playroom when we were not even in school yet. When my oldest was born, I would read to her every chance I got and I firmly believe that is a big reason she is a voracious reader today. I did the same with Caitlin and Henry and they too love to read.
Our neighbors are from Nigeria and they have 6 children, 2 of who are in school and 2 others who are in preschool. When I was speaking with her recently, she expressed concern over her children’s reading comprehension skills. I told her I had just received a package from LeapFrog that may help the kids increase their skills. We had Olivia, Domnic, Tyreece and Aiden over one afternoon and we had a LeapReader™ “Ready, Set, Read & Write” Party, sponsored by LeapFrog.
Making Reading Fun
I was so excited to share the LeapReader™ “Ready, Set, Read & Write system with the kids because I knew my own kids loved the LeapFrog products so much. I tell a funny story about Caitlin when she was 4 and we had been using the LeapPad Book System for about a month. We were at church and a lady was bragging about how well her 6 year old was reading and had learned the word “jaw” as part of the human body. Caitlin then turned to her and said, “And the correct word for that is actually “mandible!” The woman looked at her and asked how she knew that and Caitlin told her that LeapFrog taught her! Can you believe that LeapPad has been making reading fun for more than a decade?
For our party, we recieved a huge variety of products which included:
- Two (2) LeapReaders™
- Pre-loaded with LeapReader™ books and learning apps
- Also includes 2 USB cords for charging your LeapReaders prior to your party (2 hours of battery charging is recommended for each device)
- LeapReader™ books including:
- Learn to Write Letters With Mr. Pencil Writing Workbook
- Talking Words Factory Writing Workbook
- LeapFrog Disney-Pixar Monsters University 3D book
- Also includes 16 pairs of LeapFrog Monsters University 3D glasses!
- Get Ready for Kindergarten book
- Talking Words Factory Flash Cards
- Two LeapReader™ Sampler books
The kids loved the books and I know the bright colors and cute illustrations make it more reader friendly and entices kids to dive into them. They especially liked the Monsters University 3-D book, which came with plenty of 3-D glasses for everyone. The kids had never seen anything in 3-D, so this was a huge treat for them. They could not believe they were actually seeing Sully and Mike popping out of the pages of their books! This is a wonderful book that is compatible with the Tag system and teaches vocabulary skills and reading comprehension. Another big hit with the younger kids were the Talking Words Factory Flash Cards. The letters are large and the cards are nice and stiff and perfect for little hands. Aiden grabbed them from his sister and went toddling across the lawn to show his mommy his new cards!
I was excited to show the kids the LeapReader Pens, which are linked to several stories and the pen reads the story aloud and the kids can follow along. What makes this especially fun is the kids can pass the pen around and everyone can enjoy the story. This worked great for the little kids who could not read yet and the older kids who could still had a lot of fun using it. Because the kids were a bit overwhelmed with all of the new things they had never experienced before, we decided to let them take the Learn to Write Letters With Mr. Pencil Writing Workbook and the Talking Words Factory Writing Workbook to work on at home. I just wanted to sincerely thank LeapPad and MomSelect for allowing us to share this wonderful collection with a great group of kids who would have otherwise not been able to.