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I have been a fan of LeapFrog products since my (now) teenager was little. He had an old-school LeapPad and he loved that thing to death! I saw an improvement in his math and reading skills after getting the LeapPad but wondered if it may have just been a coincidence. Back then, LeapFrog didn't have the wide assortment of tablets, readers, and toys that they have today.
When I had my second child it was only natural for me to get him LeapFrog toys as well. Over the past year plus as a LeapFrog Ambassador, we have discovered some amazing new products. One of them being the new LeapFrog Academy.
LeapFrog Academy is different in that it's not a device or toy. It's a subscription service. You can get all of the great games and activities you have come to expect from LeapFrog, but you aren't limited to using them on just one proprietary platform. Now, with LeapFrog Academy, you can take your learning on the go. You can access it on the LeapFrog Epic tablet, online with your computer or through the app on your smartphone or tablet. It truly has been a game changer in both learning and entertainment.
This year, my youngest son started first grade. While Kindergarten is way more challenging than it was when I was little, first grade is still the real deal. Yes, Dub learned to read and a lot of other important things last year, but in first grade, he now has to concentrate for a full day of school and the demands are greater.
I am convinced that his LeapFrog readers, tablets, and now LeapFrog Academy have prepared him for this year and beyond. At the beginning of the year, he was reading at an end of first/beginning of second grade level (guided reading level I) and now, a third of the way through first grade, he is reading at a late second grade/early third grade level (guided reading level M). He is also at a high level in math.
While inherent ability also comes into play, his LeapFrog products have helped him get that early jump start with learning letter sounds and spelling as well as math equations.
What is LeapFrog Academy?
With LeapFrog Academy, your child will sign in to their account, whether it's on the computer, LeapFrog Epic, smartphone, or tablet. From there, they will choose from a list of games, puzzles, audio books, and more. Once they've made their choice they can move through math and reading games fine-tuned for their age, school year, and ability.
There is also a parent portal where you can view their progress. As you can see, Dub finished Introduction to Grade 1 Math and is 83% finished with his next math unit.
LeapFrog Academy app
While we usually access LeapFrog Academy on Dub's LeapFrog Epic tablet, it's nice to have an app available on my phone to use while waiting in restaurants or while traveling. The app works the same way as the tablet and online versions. Your child decides where they want to go and enters the world map to move through each unit.
LeapFrog Academy is geared toward children ages 3-6, or in preschool through first grade. Even though Dub is at the older end of the age range, he is still having a lot of fun with it. I can't recommend LeapFrog Academy enough.
Try it FREE for a month to see if it's right for you. If your kids (and you) love it as much as I think you will, keep your subscription for only $7.99 per month. You can cancel anytime.