My eldest finished kindergarten this year and as excited as I am to have her home for the summer, I’m not going to pretend that I haven’t been freaked out that her brain will turn to mush over the summer months. Did you know that kids can in fact lose a sizeable chunk of what they’ve learned during the school year if it isn’t reinforced? It’s true! So you can imagine that when the folks at LeapFrog offered us the opportunity to review both their LeapReader™ Read & Write Book Set: Ready, Set, Kindergarten and their Get Ready for Kindergarten game cartridge, I jumped at the chance because it would be a great way to keep her entertained while reinforcing skills that she learned through the school year and then my youngest could also develop the skills she will need to be successful in kindergarten when the time comes.
When I busted out the Ready, Set, Kindergarten set which works with the LeapReader (sold separately) and comes with three original interactive storybooks, 45 integrated skill-building activities, 30 sheets of special mess-free worksheets and an interactive poster, my big girl flipped for the worksheets. She wanted to work on those before she even looked at anything else, so I let her. Afterward she checked out the books and got to know the characters in this series: Pilar, Grace, and Daniel. Pilar is her favorite.
Reading and writing
What is particularly cool about getting the Ready, Set, Kindergarten book series and the Get Ready for the Kindergarten game cartridge that works on LeapPad Ultra, LeapPad1, LeapPad2, Leapster Explorer, or LeapsterGS Explorer (all sold separately) is that the Pilar, Grace, and Daniel are in both and offer a sense of continuity.
My eldest loved the game cartridge, where she got to explore a kindergarten classroom as well as choose from different games and activities that help develop storytelling, math, logic, and letter writing skills.
One of the reasons that I love to work with LeapFrog as a blogger is that they give you a behind the scenes perspective of what goes into developing their products and I am always impressed by the level of expertise that they have at their disposal and also by the fact that they truly kid test their products to make sure that children will not only love them, but learn from them.
I also get to learn quite a bit as a parent and I appreciate being able to pass on some of what I have learned to you. For example, I have a great checklist to share that gives parents academic and emotional guidelines to let them know when their child is ready for kindergarten. Check them out below!
So thank you LeapFrog for helping me keep my daughter’s brain from turning into mush this summer and I’ll be sure to use these tools when the time comes for my youngest one to get ready for kindergarten too.
*Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate this review. All statements and opinions are my own.