As I’m sure you’re aware, I try to keep up with the latest educational toys and tools. That’s why I was so excited to check out the new LeapReader from LeapFrog. Disclosure: I received free LeapFrog products.
I can honestly think of so many uses for the LeapReader in the classroom. My initial thought was to use it as an independent reading activity. The device can read things aloud to students, but it can also use headphones. So, it would be a more space convenient way to do an audio book station. It helps that they have popular titles and characters for stories, such as Monsters University with 3D glasses. It really makes reading fun and interactive for kids. Plus, the children can have sections re-read to them and sounded out.
I’m happy to say that the LeapReader from LeapFrog is much more than that though. There are a multitude of products available for use with the system, which makes it a great learning tool. For instance, there are flash cards which are great for word study activities. Plus, you can play games with them.
The LeapReader can also help children to write. I think it’s so neat that there are pages and activities where kids can magically write on the special LeapFrog paper. The system can even help them learn to write by breaking up the letters into smaller steps and telling them what to do. There are also fun activities involving writing with this system (think singing and writing words and then coloring pages).
Lastly, the LeapReader can also improve a child’s listening skills. A child can listen to a story while pointing to the text in a book. That can help a child learn the very basics of reading (they understand that the letters on a page represent certain sounds and they come together to form meaning). Plus, if a child listens to a story and then answers questions at the end, they have to pay attention to the story.
I am definitely impressed with the LeapFrog LeapReader and will be keeping mine. It certainly would have been fun/useful in my long-term position in the spring and it could be beneficial if I get lower grades again.