Thank you to Kathryn and LeapFrog for allowing me to be part of this review and giveaway.
Face it, we live in the digital age and so do your kids. No matter their age, how many times have you had to pry an electronic device out of grubby little hands so that they could do something else? Exactly. So stop fighting it.
At our house, we’ve decided to go with it instead of against the electronic interest by making it a point to find fun things that are also full of learning (and not those mindless brain-cell sucking games). So, I was beyond excited a few months ago when LeapFrog asked us to review the LeapPad2. Not only are the games super fun, but they are also all about learning, so my four year old learns things without even realizing it.
In the new year, I’ll be switching E from preschool to homeschooling, so a nice mix of learning tools is important, especially since we will start the “learning to read” process. Enter: LeapPad Ultra eBooks.
LeapPad Ultra eBooks
One of the things that excites me about the LeapPad Ultra eBooks is that it teaches your kid to read through an active story. You can choose level reading so kids can learn to read at their own pace and help with phonics. While I like the comprehension activities, kids will love the mini games and animated sequences. And, as a soon-to-be homeschooling mom, I really appreciated the “100 Words for Early Readers” included with each book. Another cool things about the book is that if your kid stops at a certain point and shuts off the LeapPad, when they go back into the book they will be asked if they want to start where they left off.
Beware, though, some kids will find the integrated games and sequences distracting from the continuity of the story and learning process, so you have to be open to kids going at their own pace and exploring instead of just straight reading. (My kid happens to learn better this way, with the learning broken up into different methods/games.) Although this won’t be my sole mode of teaching E to learn to read, I do think it’s a good addition to the learning arsenal.
Learn to Read Ultra eBook: Fairy Tales
Ok, I know what you’re thinking: “Not another fairy tale book. SIGH.” Well, sure, if you put fairy tales on ultra eBook steroids! The stories include Tad, Leap and Lily, in The Three Little Frogs and Leap and the Beanstalk (yes, adapted from some of the classics). However, I think you and your kids will find the updated additions amusing.
Learn to Read Ultra eBook: Adventure Stories
The Adventure Stories Ultra eBook includes Jungle Journey and Ocean Odyssey. Again, Tad, Leap and Lily, take you through the stories exploring either the jungle or the ocean. In the jungle, it’s “Red’s Big Day” (birthday) and they follow a monkey through the jungle who stole Red’s present and encounter different adventures along the way. In they ocean, they are trying to find a lost treasure and end up swimming under the sea and experiencing different animals and things.
Win a LeapPad Ultra eBook
Ready to win one of these books–of your choice? Here’s what you need to do:
1. Leave a comment on which Ultra eBook you think your kid would like, and
2. Click on the “I commented” in the RaffleCoppter app.
3. You can get additional entries by following the Rafflecopter steps.
NOTE: Giveaway does NOT include the LeapPad.
PS–You can TWEET from the Rafflecopter app EVERY DAY for an additional entry! WHEE!
Good luck. A random drawing from all the entires will take place. This giveaway will end on Friday, December 14, 2012, at midnight EST.
- giveaway does not include a LeapPad device
- must have LeapPad device in order to use the book cartridge
- no purchase is necessary in order to win
- odds of winning are based on number of entries
- WritRams.com is not responsible for shipping
- sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize for any reason