LeapFrog TAG Reading System, compatible with the older style, Green
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- Learn to read with the #1 selling reading system!* Tag is recommended by 99-Percent of teachers**
- The Tag library includes over 40 books and games based on favorite TV, movie and classic tales
- Tag storybooks and learning activities help children build reading skills such as vocabulary, phonics and reading comprehension
- The Tag Reader holds audio for up to 10 books at a time and is sized to fit small hands with a no-slip grip
- Parents can connect the Tag Reader online to see their child's play and learning on the LeapFrog® Learning Path
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Learn to read with the #1 selling reading system!*
Designed for children ages four to eight, the Tag Reading System uses touch technology to engage children and bring reading to life. Each touch to the pages of specially printed storybooks, puzzles, maps and more triggers audio responses that support and surprise-engaging children's senses to make reading-and learning-a rich, fulfilling experience. Winner of 55+ awards worldwide, the Tag system holds audio for up to 10 titles at a time from a vast library featuring characters from favorite TV, movie and classic tales.
For parents, the Tag Reader offers easy audio download with no cartridges to lose, adjustable volume control and it turns itself automatically after a period of inactivity to save battery life. Parents can also see specific details of their child's reading progress through the free online Learning Path.
99% of teachers recommend Tag!**
Tag helps children build the skills to learn to read, and games and learning activities help reinforce new skills, building confidence and encouraging children to continue to explore and discover a love of reading and learning.
The Tag Reading System:
• Provides children with tools to build phonics and reading comprehension skills.
• Sounds out words in select books to provide tutorial support.
• Challenges and supports young readers to progress at their own pace.
The Learn to Read System Library
The Tag Learn to Ready System is designed to guide children through their learn-to-read journey. Beginning with the Get Ready to Read series and the Tag Junior book pal, children are introduced to reading basics and essential preschool skills. Moving on to the Tag Reader, the Early Reading series expands upon these skills with core phonics practice and exposure to basic sentence structure. As children build confidence they can develop their reading comprehension and vocabulary skills with the longer text and more complex sentences of the Read on Your Own series. And their growing reading skills lead to even more fun with the Learn through Reading series, which features maps, puzzles, flash cards and sets that expand the learning to geography, writing, science and more.
Book and Print Basics
A child's early experiences with books greatly influence his ability to learn to read. Reading together helps a child learn how to turn pages one at a time and that text moves from left to right. Advanced readers learn how to use books for research.
There are more consonants sounds than there are consonants in the alphabet. A consonant digraph is a pair of consonants that stand for a single sound (ch, sh, th, wh).
Spelling begins with regular short vowel sounds (cap) and long vowel sounds (with silent e, cap becomes cape). Finally, children learn the rules and patterns of vowel pairs (ee), digraphs (ai in train), dipthongs (oi in boil) and r-controlled vowels (farm, bird).
Along with learning language and letters, phonological awareness-the ability to pick out and play with sounds in words (such as syllables and rhymes)-is essential for learning to read.
With repeated exposure to commonly used words, word recognition grows and becomes more automatic.
To read independently, children must understand the relationship between the sounds in spoken words and the letters that represent those sounds.
The larger their vocabulary, the easier it is for children to comprehend what they read and hear and communicate with others.
Listening and Reading Comprehension
As children develop comprehension of books read aloud or independently, they explore the uses and functions of written language. They begin to construct meaning, eventually applying critical skills to make inferences and draw conclusions.
Learn Through Reading
In addition to creating a strong foundation through language and literacy learning, there are skill sets that children need exposure to and knowledge of for further development and achievement in school. Topics like science, social studies, mathematics and overall life skills are essential experiences to ensure further development and achievement in school.
Product Dimensions: 5.0 x 1.0 x 1.0 inches
Package Dimensions: 11.0 x 2.5 x 10.6 inches
Package Weight: 1.80 lbs
Batteries: 2 AAA (not included)
What's in the Box:
• LeapFrog Tag Reader
• Sampler activity book (audio pre-loaded on Reader)
• User guide
• USB cable
- Internet connection (high-speed connection recommended)
- Monitor resolution of 1024 x 768
- Available USB port
- 512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended)
- 300 MB free disk space
- Latest version of Adobe Flash Player
- Pentium 4 or equivalent (2 GHz processor or faster recommended)
- Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating system with latest service pack
Mac Computer Requirements:
- Intel-based Apple computer (1 GHz processor or faster recommended)
- Mac OS X 10.5+ operating system software
LeapFrog is a leader in education innovation. We create award-winning learning toys, interactive book and map experiences, reading systems, educational gaming handhelds and learning tablets that are age-appropriate. Our mission is to help every child achieve his or her potential. So our products combine robust technology, curriculum and popular characters to create engaging experiences that make play and learning even more fun. With more than 120 million learning systems, books and games in homes worldwide, plus multisensory technology in more than 100,000 U.S. classrooms, the LeapFrog brand is trusted by parents, valued by teachers and loved by children. Many of our products connect to the Internet for enhanced learning with additional interactive experiences. Those connections also empower parents with personalized insights and recommendations, helping them see and share in their child's learning progress through our groundbreaking LeapFrog Learning Path.
*U.S. Source: The NPD Group / Consumer Tracking Service; Preschool Electronic Learning, Reading System brands in Dollars, Annual 2010(excluding gaming systems). U.K. Source: The NPD Group/ EPoS Retail Tracking; Preschool Electronic Learning, Reading System brands in Value, Annual 2010 (excluding gaming systems). Canada Source: The Nielsen Company, Market Track Closed Group, National Toy Market 2010 (52 weeks ending December 2010).
**Based on a 2010 survey conducted by LeapFrog of teachers participating in its Tag Kindergarten Program who received Tag Reading Systems from LeapFrog for use in their classrooms.
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All the tag books have very fun and engaging games that gets them interested and excited. Each page you can have the tag read the whole book to you or you can read along word by word, which is the mode we usually use it in. The games it has help learn matching, rhymes, visual recognition. We've been using this for about 6 months now, and he can read many <4 letter words, by recognition and sounding out. He can also spell/write them just the same.
I truly believe this has been a very important part in my son learning to read, and it's also one of his favorite toys (because of the great books and activities they have).
I don't really care for the prizes and online/pc interaction it requires. We usually/currently skip over that part most of the time. However just to note, their software and hardware works well in a Windows VM in VMWare (we use Linux primarily).
Tag provides many different activities each book, including reading the story to the child, helping them sound out or say words they are having trouble with, and providing games that promote problem solving and reading comprehension. Touching the pictures in each book really does make the book come to life. I am amazed that by simply downloading an audio file, this product knows exactly what page in any book you are touching. You can also choose to use Leapfrog Connect to keep track of your child's progress.
With 32MB of storage for audio downloads, you can store 6-7 full size (hardcover) books or almost double that in the learn to read (paperback) books. You can log in to the leapfrog connect application at anytime to download new audio files and swap the files that are saved on the tag as needed.
This purchase is actually a second Tag for my pre-school age daughter who is mimicking her big sister and is beginning to show interest in reading already. After using this product for some time, I can see why it is recommended by teachers. If you sit and use this product with your child, it really is a great educational product and it can give them additional support and confidence to begin grasping reading concepts and skills more independently as well.
She already loves to read and we thought this would just add to her enjoyment of reading. This has really been a hit for her this Christmas and she told us this was her favorite gift. woo hoo!
The unit was very easy to set up. The books give you steps on what the child needs to do, although my daughter figured it out herself. The only time that we are needed is to initially set up the book. You need to hook the device up to your computer with the usb cable provided to update.
I have only uploaded one book so I cannot review if the process is the same after the first, but the first was easy to set up. The pen itself is pretty sturdy and can endure a lot, seeing that my daughter has been "jabbing" it more than pointing with it. The books are thick and the pages are very thick for young readers. The images are bright and engaging. The voice on the pen unit is very clear, you can understand everything he is saying which is huge!
I would highly recommend this to anyone with a child that loves to read it’s great to watch your child sit alone and read a book!
My son loved it from the moment he unwrapped it. We didn't even buy an extra book - he's only used the sample one that is included in the intro set. We showed him the button to turn it on and what happens when you slide the pen over the pages and that was it. He caught on quick and was entertained by it for a whole 2 hours during the car trip to the grandparents' house (have I mentioned there is very little that holds my son's attention for ANY length of time?). He used it for about an hour or so everyday for the week we were away and for another 2ish hours on the car trip home.
We put batteries in the pen before we wrapped it up and after all this use it is still going strong, so the pen doesn't seem to hog battery life which is more than I can say for most of his Christmas presents!
As for the content of the sample book, our 4 year old seems less interested in "reading" the stories and more interested in the games and discovering funny quips. I wish the sample book had included a more interesting story to draw readers' attention, but I'm sure I'll find something my kiddo will like - there seem to be lots to choose from.
This is a great combination of electronics and reading - If your kids are anything like mine, while they may love reading or looking at books, they REALLY love toys they can interact with... like this!
I'll have to update on the durability - my son's rough on everything, so we'll see how long it lasts.
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Was a little disappointed that I paid $68 and it came with a price tag from Wal-Mart for 28$