My 21 month old is fascinated with books. He has been for nearly forever. When the great folks at LeapFrog asked me if I wanted to try out their Tag Reading System, I jumped at the chance. They also sent the Tag Junior Book Pal, which was perfect for my little guy.
Let me be the first to tell you I was immediately charmed by the Tag Junior when I programmed it and turned it on and was greeted by my son’s name. So was he, as he quickly learned to turn it off and on. I showed him how to place the Tag Junior on the pages of the board books (My personal favorite right now is Mr Brown Can Moo) – placing the Tag on the words and it reads the books, place it on a picture and it does just about anything (makes a sound, identifies the picture, asks a question etc) (The original Tag has different reading options so kids can have the Tag read the entire page, or they can read word by word/ bubble by bubble (character voices included). ) Both versions have games on a lot of the pages, which keep kids involved and engaged in the story.
The Tag Junior holds about 5 books,(the original reader holds 10) which you purchase separately and download the audio online. I carry mine ours with an extra book in our diaper bag. What I love is the books are still “regular books” so we can enjoy them WITHOUT the reader.
As a mom, one of my favorite features of the Tag Reading System is the free Learning Path for your child on LeapFrog.com. This allows you to track what your child is learning and see his/her accomplishments when online. I love that it shows how much time my little guy has spent on a certain activity or page.
The system is very easy to sync to your PC or Macintosh computer via a USB cord, which is included. Make sure you set up your Learning Path before your child starts using the system so it tracks his or her progress – something that may be more important to the older kiddos who will want to know how they are doing!
The library of books available on the Tag Reading System is pretty impressive, from familiar characters like Curious George for the Tag Junior to Learning Phonics for the original system, moms and dads alike are sure to be happy! Another great benefit is once you have the system; all you do is add books – perfect for grandparents!
If you are interested in learning more about the Leap Frog Tag Reading System, you can check out their website here: http://www.leapfrog.com/en/shop/tag_library.html
Amended Dec 6, 2009:
Also be sure to check out Leapfrog’s Leapster 2:
The Leapster2 handheld game system mixes education and fun with learning levels that adapt automatically to your child’s pace! Its touch screen and stylus help develop motor skills used in writing, while its compact design makes it easy for kids to play on the go. What a bonus for the trips to grandma’s house!
It’s also compatible with all 30+ Leapster learning games, so kids can practice a wide variety of skills for school as they play and learn with their favorite characters.
Like the Tag Reader and Tag Junior, the Leapster2 also use’s LeapFrogs Learning Path system so you can track your child’s online.
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