The LeapReader learning penwill allow children to interact with audio books to learn critical reading, listening, and writing skills through play. (via LeapFrog)
Playing is one of the most vital and enjoyable aspects of a child’s life during their early-year developments - and, very likely, remains important for continual growth deep into adulthood. As the Canadian Council on learning explains: "Play nourishes every aspect of children’s development – it forms the foundation of intellectual, social, physical, and emotional skills necessary for success in school and in life. Play 'paves the way for learning'”. Why it’s not emphasized enough in the later years of human development? I’m not sure - but the statement does point to the importance of learning toys that assist children gain essential skills in a fun and engaging way.
LeapFrog, a world-leader in educational entertainment, has just announced their forthcoming LeapReader system that will provide children with a state-of-the art toy for writing, listening, and reading comprehension. The entire package will include interactive audio books, music, flash cards, trivia challenges, and an electronic pen that will guide students as they learn how to pronounce, spell out, and properly write capital and lowercase letters.
The fundamentals of communication, such as reading and writing, are so vital for a child’s development - something that play allows children to explore actively and enjoyably in a completely voluntary and expressive manner. The LeapReader pen can read and fully interact with the contents of an audio book page. To hear the sound of a letter or word, a child only needs to touch the pen to the word/letter and listen to the sound output through the pen’s small speaker (headphone jack is also available). To effectively teach writing fundamentals, audio books include activities that challenge children to trace and write letters in the correct stroke order before moving on to writing them without guidance. A feature that parents might appreciate, the e-pen can only write on LeapFrog’s specialty paper audiobooks to avoid unwanted “wall artwork.”
To close out the entire LeapReader package, listening comprehension is covered by a wide range of audio content for children to enjoy - with available titles like Clifford, The Magic Tree House, The Velveteen Rabbit, and the KIDZ BOP series. The LeapReader pen will hold up to 40 books or 175 songs and will work with any of LeapFrog’s Tag learn-to-read books.
The LeapReader will be available for pre-order on June 12th for $50 with full major retailer availability in early July.
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