We’ve been Fans of Leapfrog’s Tag system for years, ever since my oldest child was small (he’s almost 7 now). We find it’s a great way to promote the love of reading, by giving children the opportunity to connect the language on the page to what they hear. It’s great to see my kids curled up with a Tag book. While we still read together constantly, Tag is great for reinforcing what we read and letting kids explore books on their own. We love the games and extras also. (Read More after the jump).
We were recently sent Leapfrog Tag’s Get Ready for Kindergarten, to use I with my 4 1/2 year old daughter, Allegra. She’s born on the last day of the year (December 31 and was the tiniest in her class – her teacher had to pick her up to carry her down the stairs for fire drils!).
When she started Pre-K last fall, she couldn’t identify all the letters and numbers, as well as other concepts. While she improved over the year, we knew she wasn’t ready to attend Kindergarten this fall – so we decided to have her do an extra year of Pre-Kindergarten and not stress her out. We made the mistake of sending our oldest child ahead to Kindergarten when he wasn’t ready — and he had to be held over this past year. Luckily he did much better the second time around in Kindergarten, but we always regretted putting him in when we knew it wasn’t right for him.
This year we are doing it our way, and when Tag’s Get Ready for Kindergarten showed up at my door, I was excited to use it with my daughter. I plan to do as much as possible this year to get my daughter ready to succeed in Kindergarten when she starts next fall at age 5 1/2.
Get Ready for Kindergarten contains core kindergarten fundamentals with over 500 interactive touch points, pulling in reading, math and science. Since we’ve owned the Tag System for years, my little gal was off and running without much explanation. She grabbed the Tag Reader and the book from me, and got started (luckily she let me sit with her). She loved the interactive alphabet in the beginning of the book and giggled at the funny pictures (check out C for the funky looking Carrot).
The Community Helpers section was also very popular. The book makes it a game and kids can guess which community helper works where.
The Word Circus section, with small rhyming words was also fun for my daughter. The bright colors and pictures also helped to keep her interest.
I also liked the calendar section (the names of the months and days of the week are taught) and the dinosaur section (she already loves dinosaurs, so she was excited).
Verdict: If you have a child who’s entering Kindergarten (or is 4 1/2 and still in preschool like my little girl), we think Get Ready for Kindergarten should be on your shopping list. Children will get a head start on learning everything they need to know to succeed in Kindergarten.
I was selected for this opportunity as a compensated member of Clever Girls Collective and received free product from LeapFrog to review. The content and opinions expressed here are all my own. #LeapFrogTag #spon