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LeapFrog: Math Circus
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Step right up to the Math Circus! Watch the Quidget Family and the Subtractobats perform high-flying feats of mathematics! In this astounding story, Leap, Lily, Tad and wacky Professor Quigley train numbers to count, add and subtract in a series of amazing circus acts. Numbers and Quidgets fly from trampolines, trapezes and cannons as they teach early mathematical concepts. As with all LeapFrog DVDs, humorous songs add to the fun and help reinforce educational concepts in an amusing and memorable way.
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"We have all the reading videos in this series and were really looking forward to the math one. Though my son definitely enjoys watching it, it is far less helpful in actually building his math skills than the others. There's too much information and it's too confusing - widgets or fingers or trapeze artists or whatever - adding sums, subtracting, no repetition...The value in it is encouraging his interest in counting and numbers, but he's not learning anything new at all. The reading videos, in contrast, have sparked his interest *and* taught him a lot about rules of grammar, phonics, basic word building, etc."
So, knowing how wonderful all those videos are, when I saw "Math Circus" I got very excited thinking that it would help my daughter with some basic math, because as much as I work with her on things, let's face it: seeing familiar characters and singing fun songs makes it much easier for her to focus and remember things.
I think we've played this DVD twice. It was such a huge let down. My husband watched it with our daughter and told me it was awful. I tried to sit down with our daughter and watch it a few days later, but by the first song, which was so annoying I couldn't even bring myself to sit through any more of it, I got up and listened to it while doing other stuff.
Honestly over half of the video is just counting, it only goes to 10, and it is very repetitive and annoying. Numberland, Math Adventure to the Moon, and Numbers Ahoy all count to ten and they are wonderful with fun songs in them. My daughter can count to 100 with very little help, so she didn't need this video to spend 15 minutes counting to 10.
The Zero always being late and saying, "I'm just a BIG nothing!" is definitely NOT something I need my daughter repeating.
The addition and subtraction parts are random numbers being thrown together without a good order or explanation.
On top of all of that the voices are different which was just weird. Honestly, my daughter has more fun doing addition and subtraction with me when I use her "Lots of Links" and she has never asked to watch this video after the two times it's been played in this house.
I guess this is a "lesson learned" thing. We were able to watch most of the other LeapFrog videos on Netflix before we bought them, and this one wasn't on there, and now we know why. This was such a disappointment I'm not sure if we will be buying any more LeapFrog videos without watching them first.